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680 GMAT - 71% Quant -- Should I re-take?

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680 GMAT - 71% Quant -- Should I re-take? [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2004, 12:36
Hi guys,

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?

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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.

Quant experience:
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!
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 [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2004, 13:11
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.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2004, 14:37
I am a little less sanguine than the previous commentator.

Your GMAT is below the mean (albeit not by much) at all of the schools you mentioned except Cornell.

Your GMAT is high but it is unclear if you have sufficient evidence of a strong quant background especially with a relatively weak quant subscore

Your GPA is good but close to the center of the distribution for many of the schools you mentioned and your description of the ugrad institution does not suggest it was uncommonly competitive.

You do not seem to have particularly strong work experience> this is OK for some schools but you must have truly strong compensating credentials.

I am also a bit intrigued by the schools that you do not appear to be considering - why not Haas, Stern, Tuck,Darden, or Anderson?


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680 GMAT - 71% Quant -- Should I re-take? [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2004, 07:08
Thanks for the advice, truthringer. There's a lot of good stuff in your book, I am reading through it now.

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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2004, 07:51
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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.

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