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700 (49Q, 37V)- Should I Retake?

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700 (49Q, 37V)- Should I Retake? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 07:13
It seems to be a common question in these forums, but since each candidate's profile is a bit different I'm here to ask the same dreaded question- With a 700 (49Q, 37V) in the books, should I retake the GMAT?

A little background info- I went to the University of Maryland for undergrad and fortunately graduated with a 3.87 GPA in Finance and Econ. I'm currently working at a bulge bracket bank and volunteer on the weekends with inner-city high school students. I hope to work for 2 more years and then take a year off and volunteer abroad before going to grad school full-time.

I am definitely delighted to reach the benchmark of 700 (with the help of MGMAT and months of preparation) but I'm right on the cusp and truly don't know what to do. I'll admit that I had a serious panic attack during the verbal section, just because I was going to get my score in under 20 minutes ( :cry: ) and that could have definitely affected my concentration.

Of course, as with most others, I am shooting for a top 15 or top 20 school, but I wanted to know if a 700 would give me a good enough chance to get in, or should I retake the test to give me a little buffer in my application?

I'm leaning towards retaking it again, but realistically I'm only capable of getting maybe 20-30 points higher (49Q, 39-40V), just going by what I scored on all my practice tests. So is it really worth it to take the test again for those 20-30 points or should I not risk getting a lower score the second time?

The truth is I've been getting right around 49Q and 37V on almost all of my practice tests so the question is if I am really capable of increasing my verbal and, if so, how to do it in the next 5-6 weeks?


MGMAT 1 (little to no preparation): 580 (46Q, 32V)
MGMAT 2 (prior to recalibration): 680 (45Q, 37V)
MGMAT 3: 640 (43Q, 35V)
MGMAT 4: 660 (44Q, 36V)

Kaplan 1: 670 (50Q, 29V)
Kaplan 2: 640 (49Q, 28V)
Kaplan 3: 690 (49Q, 39V)
Kaplan 4: 680 (49Q, 35V)

GMAT Prep 1: 710 (49Q, 38V)
GMAT Prep 2: 740 (49Q, 40V) (took this one over two days so it may be slightly skewed)


Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks.
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Re: 700 (49Q, 37V)- Should I Retake? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 09:56
In your case I say prepare for a retake and if your score climbs then go for it. At the end of the day you only apply once so might as well maximise your score as much as possible since you are applying in a couple of years.

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Re: 700 (49Q, 37V)- Should I Retake? [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2013, 11:08
Thanks a lot... I think that's what I plan to do over the next couple of weeks..

Can I ask how you increased your verbal score as much as you did? What books/resources did you use and how did you prepare?
Awesome job with the 740!
Re: 700 (49Q, 37V)- Should I Retake?   [#permalink] 07 Oct 2013, 11:08
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