43 quant equates to 71% percentile.
I've heard unofficial "cutoffs" of 80%, and this worries me.
However, as stated above:
- I will be taking several math courses before I start school
- I will most likely study for and take CFA level 1 in June
80% is not a strict cutoff, but it is a comfort level. Certainly your math courses and the CFA will help you. If your work is also quantitatively demanding, then you are probably OK and should not retake.
At the same time, if you are reasonably confident you could raise that quant score, then the safest thing to do is to retake. But if you are not confident, then rely on your courses and the CFA to show that you can handle the math in b-school.
A couple of other suggestions:
1) Make sure the schools know you are taking the CFA and the courses.
2) Don't say you want to go to b-school to improve you math skills. Say you want to go to improve your knowledge of finance or marketing or whatever. They expect you to come to b-school with math skills.
3) Ask your recommenders to comment positively on your analytical skills.
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