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690 GMAT Question [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 08:28
I have written a 690 GMAT (80/80 split) and am applying for the fall 2014 intake. Target schools include:

-Columbia
-Tuck
-Wharton
-Kellogg

I will have 3 years of work experience at a top management consulting firm (MBB) and am a white male. Should I bite the bullet and re-write the GMAT, or does 690 keep me in the running at these schools?

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Re: 690 GMAT Question [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 12:26
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While we still don't have your full profile, I would suggest a retake based on what you provided. You still have plenty of time, so just make sure your score increases! :wink:

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Re: 690 GMAT Question [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 15:57
You have tons of time before your applications are due, so there's no real harm in retaking, unless you're convinced that you've already maxed out your GMAT score. But I would argue that the rest of your profile (GPA, extracurriculars, undergrad institution, quality of your recommendations/projects/promotions, execution on your essays, etc.) are going to matter a whole lot more than an extra 30 points on your GMAT.

A balanced 690 is fine, and there are plenty of white male consultants with 690s running around the schools you mentioned. There are also tons of white male consultants with 750s who get rejected from those schools every single year. Would a higher GMAT score help? Sure. But you're in a pretty competitive applicant group, and it's much more likely that you'll get into the schools you mentioned if you manage to stand out in other ways. Evidence of interpersonal or extracurricular awesomeness will give you a bigger advantage than a few dozen extra points on the GMAT.

But if you think you have room to improve on the GMAT, why not go for it? You'll still have plenty of time to thoroughly research programs and write some killer applications over the summer.

Good luck with everything!

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Re: 690 GMAT Question [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 16:40
Given the time I have I am going to re-write. Thanks for the great responses and I will keep you posted on how the GMAT and apps go!
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Re: 690 GMAT Question [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 17:30
As someone with a 690, there is a lot of good advice in this thread.

It comes down to whether you think you can improve or not. I personally got 690 on my 3rd try, so even though I have the time, I'm going to let it stand. If I end up on a waitlist, I can retake at that point, I guess.

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