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680 = ????? [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 10:37
Here's the short version:

I took the GMAT a few weeks ago and scored 680 (49Q, 32V)

My target schools are Chicago, Wharton, Kellogg, NYU, Harvard

Background:
5 years work experience at matriculation
Corp Finance/Credit Risk Management background
CFA Charterholder
lesser known state school - 3.8 GPA

On the most recent MGMAT practice tests prior to the real deal, I scored 41V, so I am a little disappointed with my verbal score. However, I am cranking away on the essays (round 2 apps) and don't exactly have time to study for a retake. I could take again, and hope that my verbal returns to the norm (perhaps 36-37) and my quant stays about the same....

1) Should I be worried about the GMAT score? Should I be worried about 65% percentile verbal score (I'm born and raised in sunny So Cal, so it's frustrating to be stinking up the joint on the section that is supposed to be difficult for non-native speakers.

2) Should I retake the GMAT? Without studying? I can put in a little time like maybe 1-2 practice tests to keep somewhat fresh, and a review of MGMAT SC guide...

2) Ultimately, on the surface, how do I fare? I know essays need to be VERY tight and unique with solid recs, but if those fall into place do I have a shot or am I simply out of my league?


Many many many thanks,
RG

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Re: 680 = ????? [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 10:54
ryguy904 wrote:
Here the short version:

I took the GMAT a few weeks ago and scored 680 (49Q, 32V)

My target schools are Chicago, Wharton, Kellogg, NYU, Harvard

Background:
5 years work experience at matriculation
Corp Finance/Credit Risk Management background
CFA Charterholder
lesser known state school - 3.8 GPA

On the most recent MGMAT practice tests prior to the real deal, I scored 41V, so I am a little disappointed with my verbal score. However, I am cranking away on the essays (round 2 apps) and don't exactly have time to study for a retake. I could take again, and hope that my verbal returns to the norm (perhaps 36-37) and my quant stays about the same....

1) Should I be worried about the GMAT score? Should I be worried about 65% percentile verbal score (I'm born and raised in sunny So Cal, so it's frustrating to be stinking up the joint on the section that is supposed to be difficult for non-native speakers.

2) Should I retake the GMAT? Without studying? I can put in a little time like maybe 1-2 practice tests to keep somewhat fresh, and a review of MGMAT SC guide...

2) Ultimately, on the surface, how do I fare? I know essays need to be VERY tight and unique with solid recs, but if those fall into place do I have a shot or am I simply out of my league?


Many many many thanks,
RG

Your GMAT is within the range that is accepted by all of the schools on your list, and your GPA is stellar. You are applying to business school, so your quant raw score is always going to be more important than your verbal, frankly (unless your verbal is absolutely in the toilet, which it isn't.) If you honestly think that within a month you can yank up your verbal score a bit, without losing ground on your quant, then go for it. As we always say, the GMAT is one of the few data points on your application that you can, through study, effect in a positive manner. However, if you think raising your score in a month is a crapshoot, I would let the GMAT go and concentrate on writing really compelling essays. Really think about it, and then go with your gut.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Nov 2007, 12:34
I would retake it-just do a little review. I went from a 660 to a 690 with no additional study-just had more rest and was less stressed. I may take it again here in a few weeks-I brushed up on SC. I think I am maxed out on math at about the 45 Q Range-verbal may give me the bigger jump-trying to get a 720. The best book for SC is the Powerscore Bible-far better than Manhatttan GMAT
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Nov 2007, 09:12
Yes, I would retake. The top 5 schools, especially Wharton, want more like 80/80 for the percentiles, so you need to get that verbal up. It's the only weak part of your app. Don't give them an easy reason to ding you.

And yes, you have to study!! Don't just expect a retake to do it for you (GMAT doesn't work that way as nicely as the SAT seemed to!!!).

I didn't know about Powerscore but I used Princeton Review for verbal and it was right on target. Do some verbal practice questions and a few tests, and retake.
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