MBA Handicapping: When White Males Should Retake The GMAT

When should white males retake the GMAT? Sandy Kreisberg, founder of HBSGuru.com, says “almost always,” especially when your current score is a 710.

That’s the case for Z. A financial analyst, he works in business development for a petroleum company after having spent more than a year in corporate finance at a minerals company. He’s hoping to use an MBA to change careers to land a job in marketing analytics, preferably the business side of sports.

He has a GPA of 3.78 from Rice University where he had majored in economics and sports management.He did well on the GMAT, scoring a 710, but is targeting Chicago Booth, NYU Stern, Duke Fuqua, and UCLA Anderson for its MBA studies.

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That’s 21 points shy of Booth’s average for last year. Six points below Stern, nine points under Anderson’s average, but a half dozen points over Fuqua’s average (see Average GMAT Scores At The Top 50 Business Schools).

The obvious question: Should Z retake the test? In this Fridays With Sandy episode, HBSGuru.com Founder Sandy Kreisberg says that when a white male scores a 710 and wants into an elite MBA program he should almost always retake the GMAT and aim for a higher score. Find out why in the video above.

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.