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680 GMAT - 71% Quant -- Should I re-take? [#permalink]
14 Jul 2004, 12:36
I was seeking some advice... I just took the GMAT and got a 680 (Q43 - 71% / V40 - 91%) for a 90 percentile overall. I am relatively content with my overall score but am debating re-taking the test due to my low 71 percentile quant score. I am leaning towards not taking it because I want to apply Round 1 and focus myself on the rest of my app and I am not sure if I would do any better on the test. However, I will take it over if it would seriously hurt my chances. I am applying to Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Kellogg, and Yale. Will my low quant score will hurt me even if I have a relatively proven quant track history and also considering my demographic?
25 years old, Asian-American, female, 3.41 GPA at top 10 liberal arts school.
Leadership: editor-in-chief of college newspaper
Extracurriculars: volunteering on microfinance / educational projects with various NGO's and with the u.s. embassy.
Econ major (significant quant coursework with all A's and B's)
2 years i-banking analyst at BB (again, quant focus)
Currently working in business development at major Fortune 100 company in Latin-America (4 years W/E total).
I have always had significant quantitative exposure at work and academics, so I am not sure how my quant GMAT score will be looked at or weighed. Or if they will look at my low score and nix me.
Can you please advise me if you think I should retake it? Thank you!
I don't think that it will signficantly hurt your chances at the schools that you mentioned. You'll be right around the mean for the schools. Give the other strengths in your application, you'll probably be alright. Basically, if all the rest of your application components are strong, a 680 shouldn't keep you out.
Given that you mentioned that you have had a lot of quant exposure in your previous experience, I honestly doubt that a 71% percentile showing would keep you out. I'll put it this way: If you don't get into your target school (which I hope isn't true), I'd bet money that it wasn't your GMAT score that kept you out.
It probably wouldn't hurt to take the GMAt again, but by this stage of the game (given that you're aiming for Round 1) I'd already be thinking abot my essays if I were you.