I am considering to take the GMAT test because, if I do not manage to get inside a consulting firm, I will probably pursue a part-time MBA that offer a big discount to people with a score higher than 650.
Now, 650 is quite low, and I have reason to believe that I can get this score without preparing at all (I did two exams simulations on the GMAT website and I got 710 in both of them). However...
1) I tend not to be well organized; in the GMAT, I do not do well in the integrated reasoning part because I often do shortcuts. I believe that improving this skill can help me for consulting interviews.
2) I am applying as a PhD candidate, with a PhD from INSA-Lyon (a to engineering school in France), focusing on computational acoustics and sound perception. BUT my previous academic carer is not stellar (especially the master, for health issues). Maybe the GMAT can add something?
I believe I can practice to improve my GMAT score up to 750 or slightly more. Results in the range of 770-800 are unlikely, since I should improve my English knowledge, and I do not have that time now.
So here is my question: do you believe that such a GMAT score would be a BIG plus in a CV? Is it worth studying hard to get a better score, or should I focus on business cases interviews and PEI?
Thanks n advance!