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# 710 (Q44, V42)

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Affiliations: CFA
Joined: 21 Dec 2008
Posts: 385
Location: United States (NY)
Schools: Columbia - Class of 2013
GMAT 1: 710 Q45 V43
GMAT 2: 760 Q49 V45
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12 Feb 2010, 15:05
Long time lurker/sometimes poster and now a new member of the 700+ club! About 4 months ago I bought the full MGMAT course, OG12, and the OG Q and V guides. I worked through the whole MGMAT course and the Q/V guides. Then I went through MGMAT again (excluding RC and CR, which I was doing well in), and did the OG12 questions. I finally did another review, just reading through the books, in the last couple days before the test. I probably did about 2-3 solid months of studying overall -- always taking time in my busy day for the GMATClub QotD.

My first MGMAT CAT, a week or so ago, was a disaster. I didn't do practice problems under the time constraints and finished the quant section with 7 questions blank (I could have guessed, but who cares if its a practice test). Score: 650. GULP. The next day I took GMATPrep CAT 1 and scored a 680. I really started studying hard and perfecting my time issues. A few days later I took GMATPrep CAT 2 and scored 730! I took MGMAT 2 and scored 710 -- by now I was pretty happy that the 730 wasn't a fluke and that I could probably score over 700. I kept studying hard this week, taking all week off work. I took GMATPrep #1 again and scored 730, then MGMAT 3 scoring 710 again. Finally, yesterday I took MGMAT 4 and scored 740! I really thought I was ready for this test -- I felt I was peaking at just the right moment and was primed for a really high score. I felt good taking it and expected to see a killer score. I saw the 710 and almost couldn't believe it. I hadn't scored under 44 on the past 4 CATs I took. My quant was around 46-48, depending on the test.

Should I stop my silly complaining and just accept the fact that I have a great score? Probably! However, after scoring about 20 points higher on my last few practice tests, I suppose my expectations were different.

I might take it over or might keep it, not sure yet. I felt that I wasn't totally ready for the test, but I'm taking CFA LIII in June and simply had to take the GMAT now and then start working on that -- I can always take another shot at the GMAT after June. That being said, perhaps I should just QMB and be happy for the score I've got!
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12 Feb 2010, 23:27
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Congrats 710 is good score.

+-20 wont matter if you work well on your application.

Good luck and keep us updated.
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13 Feb 2010, 02:27
Ha-ha. Welcome to the club!
Congratulations.
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13 Feb 2010, 09:24
Congrats on the great score! But I wouldn't worry about re-taking the test. Focus on the rest of your application.
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13 Feb 2010, 14:01
Also note that my GMAT concerns aren't simply limited to acceptance into business school; I will be recruiting for investment banking positions, which are increasingly looking at GMAT scores as another way of filtering candidates. So this would be another item in the "pro" column for whether I should re-take. I really think that with another month or two of studying I can polish up all my weaknesses and do much better -- but hell, we only get about 1,000 months to live this life, do I want to be spending two of them studying the GMAT again?
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13 Feb 2010, 21:24
I currently have an FT offer at a bulge bracket that starts in July. As a high GMAT score is one way to differentiate yourself... truly you just need a 3.5 cumulative GPA, a couple of connections, and a the ability to speak well. If you start cranking and can pull out a 760, then I think that'd be pretty significant. However, like B-school admissions, there are so many other things you can be doing to improve your chances.

Maybe get a part-time internship (even unpaid) at a small, boutique investment bank in the spring or something.

Cheers.
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13 Feb 2010, 21:32
760 wont' necessarily mean much at all. With 710 being the average score for the top 10 schools, you don't have anything to worry about and the top schools don't care if you get 800, as a matter of fact Stanford has a reputation of rejecting 800's
See this discussion for value of high scores: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html
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15 Feb 2010, 16:29
710 is a great score. Congrats!
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24 Feb 2010, 09:00
Congratulations! 710 is a great score.
Good Luck on what's coming next!

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24 Feb 2010, 10:02
Congratulations and good with your future!
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