Harvard Business School (HBS) is a dream destination for many students. One of the top MBA programs in the world, students need to be on top of the game for a seat at the prestigious university. While HBS admits a wide range of applicants, a very high GMAT score will definitely propel your chances of a seat the prestigious business school.
The median GMAT score for the MBA class of 2016 is 730. The GMAT score range is 510-790. This indicates that Harvard admits applicants from both ends of the spectrum. Before low scorers start to get hopeful, it would be safe to assume that the candidate with a 510 GMAT score had extraordinary credentials in other areas of the application.
Typically, the school does not mention a GMAT cut-off score. It states on its website: “There is no minimum GMAT or GRE to apply and we do not have a bias toward one test or the other. If you look at our class profile, you can see that we have a wide range of GMAT scores in the current first year class.”
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Also, candidates are required to state the best test score. The Harvard website further adds: “If you do test multiple times, you may report your best score, and we will only look at the scores from the single test sitting you report in your application.”
Harvard also pays attention to both verbal and quant sections of GMAT. This is what it states in the ‘Who are we looking for?’ section of the website – “Harvard Business School is a demanding, fast-paced, and highly-verbal environment. There is no particular previous course of study required to apply; you must, however, demonstrate the ability to master analytical and quantitative concepts.”
If you are gunning for a seat at HBS, you should be well placed if you score above 732, have a GPA around the average figure of 3.67 and are strong in other areas of your application.