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740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 00:23
Hi all,

I just sat my GMAT exam today, scoring 740 (Q48 V42). I'm definitely very happy with the overall score but worried about the low quant score (Q48 = 76th percentile).

I'm aiming to apply to US top 10 b-schools (targeting HSW). Assuming the rest of my application is up to scratch, should I be retaking the GMAT to get a higher percentile for quant? Or is the overall score more important?

Would appreciate advice from those who have been in a similar situation as me (high overall but low quant score).

Thank you for your help in advance!
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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 04:01
Don't bother retaking. 740 is a great score and Q48 is good enough! There is no guarantee that taking it again you will hit a 740+ again.
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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 12:17
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You're better off focusing on how you can be different - how you can uniquely contribute to the classroom. Are you positioned to have a big impact on the world -- even without HSW? Why does HSW need you?
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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 08 Jan 2014, 22:45
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Hi all,

I just sat my GMAT exam today, scoring 740 (Q48 V42). I'm definitely very happy with the overall score but worried about the low quant score (Q48 = 76th percentile).

I'm aiming to apply to US top 10 b-schools (targeting HSW). Assuming the rest of my application is up to scratch, should I be retaking the GMAT to get a higher percentile for quant? Or is the overall score more important?

Would appreciate advice from those who have been in a similar situation as me (high overall but low quant score).

Thank you for your help in advance!


To start off - almost all MBA aspirants, even to top schools, would kill to have your score. :stab

If you have the patience and confidence that you'll have a higher quant score (GMATPrep, MGMAT tests or Kaplan etc.) and that you did not do a well as you EXPECTED and of course have :wink: "Extra" $250, the go for it. Even if you get a lower score, schools (all top programs) look at your best score.

That said, you already have a great score and would do better to spend time researching schools and figuring out where you'd be the best fit. (Believe me, I still sometimes WANT :devil to get a V40 on the GMAT instead of the V39 which I managed - but I know that my time is better spent writing essays and researching schools and improving other aspects of my application). The 1 or 2 extra points on the quant probably wont be worth the time and trouble unless your college GPA is really low and you need the extra quant points to show the school that you're ready for the intellectual challenges posed by the program (actually a IMHO a 740 already justifies that :wink: ). And I'd rather spend the $250 on another university application where I fit than on the GMAT.

Do give http://www.mbaapplicant.com/1_gmat_score.htm a quick look....

Hope that this helps instead of :madd
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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2014, 15:27
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totally sufficient score, even for top B-schools, now focus on making the rest of your profile as brilliant, polish your resume, essays ,and ref's, also make sure you're ready to kill the interview
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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 12 Jan 2014, 22:27
achan168 wrote:
Hi all,

I just sat my GMAT exam today, scoring 740 (Q48 V42). I'm definitely very happy with the overall score but worried about the low quant score (Q48 = 76th percentile).

I'm aiming to apply to US top 10 b-schools (targeting HSW). Assuming the rest of my application is up to scratch, should I be retaking the GMAT to get a higher percentile for quant? Or is the overall score more important?

Would appreciate advice from those who have been in a similar situation as me (high overall but low quant score).

Thank you for your help in advance!


Congratulations on your GMAT score. It is a very good score and will definitely improve your chances of getting in the top 10 business schools. To give you a better evaluation, i suggest you give your complete profile. I think a quant score of 48 should not be an issue, but still if you have a good GPA and have good grades in courses related to mathematics, then a quant score of 48 should not be an issue for you. Start working on your applications and get them reviewed by alumni of your target schoolsbefore submitting them. If I were you, I wouldn’t retake GMAT and spend every minute on the essays. Application essays will add more value to you now than a slight increase in your quant score. Download this free ebook on how to get into a top business school : http://www.interviewbay.com/mba/how-to- ... -ebook.php

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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 14 Jan 2014, 06:17
Your score is excellent! I would not bother retaking the exam. Instead, focus on your application.

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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 02:28
Thank you everyone for your response! Definitely gives me some reassurance. I also just got my official report and scored 6 for AWA so I'm extremely happy. Now to get on with the rest of the process!
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Re: 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score? [#permalink] New post 15 Jan 2014, 20:19
achan168 wrote:
Thank you everyone for your response! Definitely gives me some reassurance. I also just got my official report and scored 6 for AWA so I'm extremely happy. Now to get on with the rest of the process!


Congrats on your AWA score as well... All the best for apps... Do apply early!!!
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