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My experience has been similar to Faro's (see my debrief in my signature). I could notch up my score from 730 to 760 by pushing my quants score from 48 to 50. Given your background and with some dogged effort mind you, you have a good shot at improving your quant score.
I don't see any major downside to this strategy, barring a major debacle on test day, which I think is unlikely.
- If you get a lower overall score, schools will still look at your highest GMAT score.
- If you get a higher overall score, albeit with a lower verbal and higher quant, you should still be good given you would have a more balanced score then.
- If you get a higher overall score while maintaining the verbal score, nothing like it!
I have a bit of a similar dilemma... Although I got 750, which I'm not cocky enough to claim that it's not a good score, it was the second lowest of all my practice exams. I averaged 770 on those and my Q somehow dropped to 48 on test day, far lower than all the others. I feel I can bump my score up by 20+ points by just keeping my current level for 3 more weeks and then resitting. However, as the lawyer guy said (first lawyer I've seen around here, second including myself), I'm getting the feeling that 750-770, or 730-770 wouldn't make a big difference. I agree, though, that your Q could look a bit better. Also, as far as I know a lot of the merit-based scholarship programs are based quite heavily on GMAT scores, correct?
That is a different story. I have heard that people get scholarships from kick a$$ scores, based on GPA and GMAT. So if that is the reason you are retaking then go for it. It could also balance a bad GPA. But my previous post was based on Johny having a GPA around the mean and a killer GMAT. Perhaps a higher GMAT would get him some $ (and you too Ofer).
Ofer, care if I send you a PM? I have been looking for lawyers who want to go back to Business school. There seems to be a lot of people going for joint JD/MBA, but not ones who are currently lawyers wanting to go back for an MBA.
If you're not applying until next year, definitely retake. Why not!? If you are aiming for top schools they will definitely not like to see the 66% in quant. Since bschool is so quant heaving, a 75-80%+ will do the trick. But by all means, if you didn't even really study for quant, then a 750+ might be within your grasp. With a V44 and very little quant studying, its within your grasp. Anything in that range will really not only get you the "good GMAT" checkbox but might even put you into the "great GMAT" or "possible scholarship" checkbox. If you have until next season to apply, I would say go for it! And concentrate all your effort into getting a Q47 (76%) or above.
Hey JonnyKAge, first of all love the name reference to MK, childhood favourite of mine!
I'm in a similar but worse situatio, Score History: 640, 640, and now 710 (Q42/V45). My math courses in my undergrad (Biotechnology from a Canadian U) were poor, so apart from my job (US Healthcare Research Analyst with McKinsey) I've got little to show for my quant skills. I;m in a huge dillemma about a 4th retake, but I know that I was scoring high on my practice tests prior to writing it a 3rd time, and am relatively certain I will rewrite before June (avoid new section).
Despite all this., however, seeing your profile and having gone through Haas' essays (its one of my top schools too, though I'm from India), I would definitely say concentrate on your overall app as opposed to spending more time on a GMAT retake. I doubt that bumping it up to a 750 will differentiate you substantially, as opposed to spending that time on a worthwhile endeavor such as community service/ building up a significant hobby (Haas has an essay dedicated to your community outreach!).
That's my 2 cents. On that note, if anybody has any advice for me as to whether I should rewrite, I would hugely appreciate that as well, my target schools are Columbia/Haas/Fuqua/Ross/Darden/INSEAD/ISB and maybe Tepper/Cornell.
Your verbal score is excellent - considering you are from an over-represented pool of applicants (I'm in the same boat as well), a 42 in quants could make you a tad less competitive. However, do attempt again if you think a score of 42 is significantly below your potential -and if you start getting practice scores upwards of 45-46 in quants - else, doesn't make sense to retake if there is a high likelihood that you will get a quant score in the same range again.
What were you quant scores in the first 2 attempts and in the mock tests? That could give you a pointer...
I will say if you can improve your quant score do it..... most of the top schools are quant heavy and they also look at score imbalance... i got dinged my self because of high quant and low verbal percentile _________________
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I don't think this is an issue of whether or not you'll be able to improve your score - you pretty clearly will given that you barely studied Quant, and were not prepared for some easy to learn rules and topics. The question really is, what will it add to your profile?
From everyone I've talked to and everything I've seen, you're not going to have trouble getting in to the top schools with that GMAT. Your quant is a little low, but Quant experience should actually make up for it, because they care that you can learn and apply the methodologies that they teach you. One thing that I'm surprised no one has asked you is what do you plan to focus on in B-School? If you're thinking of writing your essays about how you want to be a Quantitative Finance Guru, then you might want to retake. If you want to get into marketing, on the other hand (completely on the other side of the spectrum, I know), then they really won't care.
Here's the bottom line: If you're willing to put in 4-8 more weeks of hard studying, which is what you'd probably have to do to really improve your math (I found that my math went down after studying for awhile, and took a decent amount of time to get back up and beyond where I started), then you may as well. If not, and you want to move on to having a normal life/preparing for Apps/adding to your overall candidate profile in other ways, then do that. I think you'll be fine if you do, but certainly can't blame anyone for wanting to do better.
Also, pretty impressive to score a 730 with minimal studying. Well done.
Congratulations, your verbal score is absolutely brilliant ! Quant can definitely be improved. I am assuming your knowledge of the English language will not deteriorate . So you can give all your focus on quant this time.
Wow OP, I am in a very similar situation. I scored a 730 (Q47 V44) on my 1st official attempt at the GMAT's; however, this was higher than any of my practice exam scores so I'm wondering whether I may be pushing my luck if I go for a second attempt. However, as most b-schools simply look at your highest score these days, what's the harm?
The question then boils down to whether my time studying for the retake could be best spent elsewhere. but ultimately, my very low undergrad GPA (< 3.0) may require me to obtain a stellar GMAT score in order to prove to admission officers that I can handle the rigorous curriculum..