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650 but everything else great [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2005, 13:46
Hi Linda,

I'm a woman, indian (but born in the US), and gay. My GMAT score is 650 (85%) with a low quant. (56%) and high verbal (96%). I went to a top 10 school and my GPA was 3.75 (econ major), along with 3 prestigous awards for academic and leadership achievement. I also started 3 businesses in college, my first job was managerial level at a small consulting company, and I'm now a product manager at a top 5 money management firm (4 years exp.). My recs will come from the dean of my undergrad school and a senior level manager at work - both will likely be very impressive recs. I also serve on several non-profit boards and interview very well. Overall, without giving specifics here, I believe my story will truely stand out from other applicants.

I plan to only apply to Northwestern and Chicago part time b/c I live in Chicago. Will my GMAT be a problem, or does the rest of my application make up it? While I'm disappointed with my quant. score (I expected to get about 75%), I'm okay with the overall score. I'm not a good test taker, but have always done exceptionally well academically...these standardized tests just aren't my thing.

Can you please give advice about whether or not I should retake the GMAT.

Thanks.
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Hi Linda,

I'm a woman, indian (but born in the US), and gay. My GMAT score is 650 (85%) with a low quant. (56%) and high verbal (96%). I went to a top 10 school and my GPA was 3.75 (econ major), along with 3 prestigous awards for academic and leadership achievement. I also started 3 businesses in college, my first job was managerial level at a small consulting company, and I'm now a product manager at a top 5 money management firm (4 years exp.). My recs will come from the dean of my undergrad school and a senior level manager at work - both will likely be very impressive recs. I also serve on several non-profit boards and interview very well. Overall, without giving specifics here, I believe my story will truely stand out from other applicants.

I plan to only apply to Northwestern and Chicago part time b/c I live in Chicago. Will my GMAT be a problem, or does the rest of my application make up it? While I'm disappointed with my quant. score (I expected to get about 75%), I'm okay with the overall score. I'm not a good test taker, but have always done exceptionally well academically...these standardized tests just aren't my thing.

Can you please give advice about whether or not I should retake the GMAT.

Thanks.


A 56% quant score on the GMAT is a big hurdle at Chicago and Kellogg. I would encourage you to retake it or to show you can do business school math in some other way. But the best way is to raise your GMAT quant score.

Good luck!
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