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Concentration: Finance
Schools: Harvard Business School (HBS) - Class of 2014
GMAT 1: 770 Q50 V46
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690 with solid credentials - retake? [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 06:31
Although I've already started studying to retake the GMAT, I'm starting to wonder if this is the smartest idea. I haven't been able to devote as much time as I want to with a job in a demanding industry, but since I'm aiming for Harvard/Stanford, I'm concerned the 690 will hurt me. (Q41, V45) AWA 6.

I have almost a perfect GPA from a top 3 engineering school in the US, and have since worked at a top investment bank and now in the venture capital industry. Leadership aspects are strong as well and related to VC (won't go into details). I took the GMAT out of college without really studying, and I think my confusion with data sufficiency translated to a low quant score. I think I may be able to improve quant but my scores in verbal and AWA was much higher than I thought, so I'm afraid I would get a lower score second time around.

Do you think I could justify my low Q score with a high GPA from such a quantitative field? If I score lower the second time around, would that hurt my application?
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Re: 690 with solid credentials - retake? [#permalink] New post 28 Mar 2010, 08:20
690 won't be fatal. It may be a mild concern (Stanford will care a little more than HBS though; Stanford always cared a lot about the GMAT), but if you want to be extra safe, then retake it - even to bump it up a smidgen above 700 will be fine.
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