LUMS MBA Admissions: Ideal GMAT/GRE score

Posted by on June 10, 2018 in LUMS MBA | 99 comments

GMAT or GRE scores at LUMS business school keep inching higher with each passing year. The average score on the GMAT rose 30 points from 2016 to 2017. LUMS MBA program accepts either the GRE or the GMAT exam and does not have any preference between the two. So what is a perfect GRE or GMAT score to get into LUMS MBA program? Check out in this video.


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    I hope you are well!

    just wanted to know if i take my GRE test now and apply for MBA in LUMS in 2 years would it remain valid or i ll have to retake it?

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      Hello – GRE is valid for 5 years.

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      Here’s my profile.

      Bba from FAST. 2.99 CGPA
      Gre score 145 in verbal 150 in quantitative.
      Work experience 4 years in family business.
      What are my chances?

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        Chances are low especially due to GRE – at least a 156 on GRE Quant

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          Hey Talha, need your input if I should attempt GRE again for getting into lums MBA. Prev, 159 in quant, 148 in verbal. Worked on my startup for 2 years. 2.8 cGPA from NUST.

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            Hey – definitely you should retake the exam. Quant avg is around 163. Also verbal is marginal – can be improved to 152+.

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    What is required for mba at lums. Gre or gmat?

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      Either one of them!

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      I want to ask about gat
      Is lums accepting gat this time for mba

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    . I have Bs Economics with 2.83 cgpa and MS with 3.5 cgpa. 1 year voluntary work and 2 year job experience in NGO. How much GRE should I score and can I get fully funded Phd or Fullbright with this profile ? please evaluate it and recommend further what should I do to get the high chances?

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    When the admission for Mba will open? And what is the last date to take the Gre test according to Lums for admissions of 2019.

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    I have a Bachelor’s of Commerce from Deakin University, Australia (68%).
    I have been working at a private bank in Pakistan since September 2016 (more than 2 years).

    What would be an ideal GRE score for me to get into the MBA program at LUMS?
    Also, what are the minimum criteria to score a merit-based scholarship at LUMS? Do I still have a chance despite a very ordinary Bachelor’s score?

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      An ideal score will be 310+. For 50% merit scholarship, you need a 326+ on the GRE. Your chances will be good if you score 310+ on the GRE!

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    I have done my undergraduate degree from Canada with a B average. Currently working in retail strateg in Canada. Have 3 years of experience in total. Can you please provide some colour in regards to GRE score

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      W/S Around 300+ is a good score for your profile!

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    Any idea of minimum GRE/GMAT score for EMBA 2019 admission at Lums based on previous years admission data!

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      530 was the average.

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        Hi. I would like to know what is GRE score is good for MS(CS) admission to LUMS, both with and without scholarship?

        I will be graduating in June 2019 and cgpa is 2.52 in BS(CS) from FAST.
        please mention if I’ll be able to get scholarship and on what score of GRE? Thanks.

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          Hello Arham, 165+ quant and 150+ verbal is a fine score with a scholarship. Anything below and your scholarship chances will be low. If you have good projects then getting funding will be easy.

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    Can i get into LUMS MBA with the following credentials:
    CGPA: 3.73 from NUST
    GRE: 312
    Experience: 6 months in a reputable organization

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      Hello – yes you can! Although work experience is a bit less but GRE score is fine!

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    Hey ,
    I have completed my BBA from Comsats Islamabad recently with 2.6 CGPA . What would be a good score in GMAT for Applying in LUMS in MBA and Mphil Leadershio and Manegment Studies . I have done internships in 3 reputable orhnazations of 1 month and 2 months . Thank You

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      Hey – For MBA around 680+ and for Mphil 600+

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        Can i get into LUMS MBA or MS econo. Ics program with following scores?
        CGPA 3.4 from BNU
        GRE 304
        Work experience of 6 months with additional 3 internships

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          You can get into MS economics program if you have 160+ quant. For LUMS MBA you need a 310-315 ideally with 1.5+ years of work experience. For MS Econ no work experience is required.

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    hello.i have done my bs hons in ALLIED health sciences having no job experience rather 6 month training from govt i eligible?

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      Hello – Yes you are eligible but chances will be low – at least 1.5 years of work experience is competitive

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    I have a 3.52 CGPA in B.A
    And have a part time job of 2 years
    I got a score of 460 in GMAT
    Can I get admission at LUMS for MBA

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      The score is too low for LUMS MBA. At least a 560 is needed in your case

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    I have completed my BBA from IoBM, Karachi with a CGPA of 3.5 and an MBA from the same university with a CGPA of 3.61. I have two years of work experience at a multinational firm and would like to apply for MPhil ELM at LUMS.

    What would be a reasonable GRE score to secure a scholarship based on my profile?


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      Hello Alia, 160+ Quant and 150+ on the verbal will be an ideal score.

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      I am about to complete CA with 3.5 years of articleship/training experience. Will my 3.5 years of training experience as an audit associate trainee be considered? What will be my chances of getting into LUMS MBA program as CA is a certificate without any CGPA equivalent to 16 years of education by HEC?

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        Yes it will be considered. Chances are equally likely as that for any other applicant with a cgpa.

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    I have the following profile:

    Graduated with 2.98 from NUST (2017)
    Work Experience: 2 years by Aug 2019

    What will be an ideal GRE Score for me?

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        I got 310 (160 Quant).

        Chances for MBA?

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          If you have 2 years of work experience then yes good chances.

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    312 gee and a cgpa around 3.5; with a non degree program semester and school internships and one university internship. What are chances for lums mba and ms econ.

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      You need full-time post-graduation work experience to stand a strong chance.

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    Hey MBA: CGPA: 3.76
    how much GRE score required?
    EXperience: 3 years plus

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    CGPA 3.4, Work Experience 2 years, Mechanical engineer. Ideal GMAT score ?

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    Dear Mr. Talha omer.
    Can you kindly predict my chances for admission in LUMS MBA program on scholarship basis
    Undergraduate: UET Peshawar CGPA 3.4: Graduated ( September 2018)
    IELTS: 7
    GRE: 308
    CEO: Mechanical Entrepreneurs ( Since 2018 – till date)
    Research Assistant: CECOS University ( Feb 2019- till date)
    3rd Cohort ” National Incubation Center”
    If possible, can you also predict which country should i opt for to pursue Masters program in Mechanical Engineering (USA, CANADA, AUSTRALIA)
    Thank you for your valuable time.

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      For LUMS MBA it is an average or below avg profile with regards to experience. For MS you can opt for Canada and US. But 60-100 ranked programs.

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    Dear Talha,
    CGPA 3.48
    Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore
    Industrial experience 2 years and 4 months
    GMAT 520

    What are chance for LUMS MBA admission?

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      The GMAT is too low – but you might still get to the interview stage due to your work experience. Must apply

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    Dear Mr Talha,

    Please evaluate my profile.
    Bachelors: NUST, Electrical engineering, CGPA :2.91
    GRE : 317, Quant 164, Verb :153
    Work experience: approximately 2 years, but not working anywhere right now.
    What are my prospects for LUMS MBA?

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      Chances are great – you must apply

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    Salaam talha bhai,
    Graduated from UET Lahore
    CGPA 3.86
    My question is what is necessary to apply for LUMS MBA program, whether to go for GRE or GMAT? What minimum scores are required for GRE and GMAT ? Moreover can we apply for this program without any work experience?

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      W/S Moiz, GRE is better since it is easier. 310+ is a safe score. 0 work experience will lower your chances drastically. So better apply with 2-3 years of work experience.

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    AOA talha bhai. I want to know If I have internship experience of 1 year after graduation. will that be considered as fine or not?

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      W/S Yes definitely it will be considered.

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    I am completing my BS Mechanical in Sep-2019. I am working full time since 2016 and studying part time, IS that experience acceptable? and what will be best for me GRE or GMAT? and my current CGPA is 3.6.

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      W/S – Yes the experience is acceptable. GRE is better.

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        I have a gpa of 2.52 with experience of 2 years( working since june 2017). Do i have a chance of getting admission into ms economics or mba program. A score of 300-310 in gre is enough for the admission or the gpa is too low

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          W/S – The score is a bit low for LUMS but your experience is fine. I would say that given the competition at LUMS lately, you should aim for something between 310-315 for GRE.

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    If score in GRE is 140 verbal and 142 quant. With experience of working for 2 years is good to get admission in masters at lums?

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      Salam Talha bhai,

      I would like to add further. I did my BSc hons in management and I.T from BEACONHOUSE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY. MY CGPA WAS 3.67. And i am a distinction holder too.

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        W/S Emmad. Your GRE is too low for LUMS admissions!

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      The score is low for LUMS.

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    Hey, I am aiming for SOE Mphil in ELM, what Score for GRE would be good for me? My CGPA is 3.1.

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      Hello – 310+ is a good score.

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    AOA Talha bhai, I’ve done B.E Mechanical with CGPA 3.55 and 2.5 years working experience in a reputable but engineering related company.. My question is how much should be the GRE score for LUMS MBA both, with and without scholarship.. Like what should be the individual sections score (Verbal & Quan:) if one wants to go for 50% scholarship?


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      W/S Junaid, For scholarship you need a 327+ and without it anything above 307 is a good score. For funding they look at overall score and not just quant/verbal separately.

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    Is experience required for ms program in LUMS and what GRE score shall be valid for scholarship?

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      Experience is not required for MS programs. Above 315 is a competitive score for LUMS

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        please share the list of the mock exams

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          Manhattan, Kaplan, Princeton, Power Prep

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    AOA Talha,

    BA(Hons) Business Administration, Middlesex University london. UK with 2.2 Grade
    Work Experience: 12 Years
    Currently working as National Manger Operations at one of the SME’s in Islamabad, Preparing for the GRE exam for LUMS EMBA session 2020, what should be a safe score for admission ?

    Thanks / Umer

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      W/S Umer, 157+ Quant and 150ish verbal will be a safe score.

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        Hi Mr Talha Omer
        Hope you are fine and everything is well on your side. My name is Syed Rafaey Tariq and I am a fresh graduate from Asia Pacific University of Innovation and Technology. I did B. A HONS in International Business Management and got a CGPA of 3.43 Alhamdulillah. And most importantly, I received dual degree, one from Asia Pacific University and other one from Staffordshire University which is in UK. Now I am preparing for Gre exam. Can you please let me know how much do I need to score minimum in gre in order to get into lums and also earn the scholarship. And also I would like to know if CGPA of 3. 43 is enough to get into lums.

        Thank you very much

        Syed Rafaey Tariq

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          Hello. Well for LUMS program the minimum score for funding is 326 and the safe score for admissions is 310.Yes GPA of 3.43 is enough.

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            Thank you very much for your prompt response and clarification

            I just need to clear one thing. Lums will check Gre score in overall or they’ll also see section wise like Maths and English. Suppose if I score 163 in Maths and 147 in English then is it still acceptable?

            Thank you very much

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            So LUMS focuses more on quant than verbal. A 163 147 is a fine combination

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    Dear Talha,

    I have an MBA from QAU, Islamabad in 2008 and experience of 7 years in lead roles, I have now planned to do MBA from top business schools in USA or Europe with funding, I am preparing for GRE now , can you please guide what GRE score will get me a fully funded MBA from top business schools with this profile. TIA

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      Hello Zeeshan, So for top MBA programs with funding, the bare minimum will be 327 on the GRE. Ideally 332+

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    Aslam u alaikum,
    Sir Im undergraduate student of Electrical Engineering in UET. I decided to get admission in LUMS on the basis of GRE test. Sir , what should be an ideal score for 100% fee concession ?

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      W/S – 326+ is needed for funding.

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    Hello! I have a 3.33 CGPA in Bachelors in computer science and i want to enter lums for MSCS. what should be the ideal gre score for me?

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      And kindly let me know the minimmum criteria for funding too. Thanks

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        700+ on GMAT. or 327+ on GRE

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          Hi Talha. Iā€™m applying to the LUMS MBA program and recently gave the GRE getting a 323 (V: 162, Q: 161, AWA: 4.5). I also have 6 years of work experience including MNCs and a startup and my undergrad (BBA) GPA was 2.8. What would you think my chances are of securing a place?

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            Hello Rafae, Yes. You have a very high chance of making it InshAllah. This is a really good profile. Be confident of your chances.

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            InshAllah! Thanks for the kind words šŸ™‚

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            Hi Rafae
            Hope you are fine and everything is well on your end. Congratulations for scoring well in gre. I just need one help from you. Can you please let me know from where you studied and practiced verbal reasoning of gre. I am struggling a lot in this section since I lack vocabulary and understanding in English. I can only manage maths on my own but I am struggling a lot in verbal reasoning. It would be great if you can guide me in it


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            Hi, I used the Magoosh vocab mobile app and Barrons 333 wordlist for vocab. Practiced verbal questions from the Magoosh account that I bought along with giving many practice tests. Having a regular reading habit helps tremendously in understanding complex passages and sentence structures.

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            Thank you very much for your prompt response and helping me out. So can you please recommend me any book or material from where I should practice and study in order to improve my skills for verbal reasoning. I just want to get atleast 150 in verbal section in order to be in a safe zone as in quantitative section, I can easily score 160+ in due to my strong zone and background in this subject

            Once again, thank you very much for helping me out

            God bless you

            My name is also Rafaey šŸ™‚

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            Practice questions from the official guides and try reading articles from online publications such as The New York Times, The Economist, The New Yorker to name a few. For RCs always look for the main points being discussed, shifts in tone or any opinions being expressed. The more you read the better your chance of doing well. Goodluck!

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      Above 162 for math and 150+ for verbal is an ideal score.

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    My gpa:3.29
    Experience 3.5 years
    GRE: 310

    Is it possible for fully funded scholarship st lums in MBA?

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    My name is Abdullah
    I did bachelor honors degree from UK and got CGPA of 3.82 out of 4

    My gre score is 331 in which I got 167 in quantitative and 164 in verbal

    My work experience is for 2.5 years. And I worked in Tesco company which is one of the largest companies in UK

    Now I am looking to do MBA from lums. Is it possible to get fully funded scholarship based on this profile?


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      Hello Abdullah – definitely you can get 100% funding. 50% is guaranteed for you in any case and my guess is that your profile is strong enough to get you into the top few applicants who get 100% funding. So definitely chances are very high.

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