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# 740 (Q48 V42) worried about low quant score?

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08 Jan 2014, 01:23
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).

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08 Jan 2014, 05:01
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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08 Jan 2014, 13:17
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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08 Jan 2014, 23:45
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).

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

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 "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 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 ). 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
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11 Jan 2014, 16:27
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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12 Jan 2014, 23:27
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).

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15 Jan 2014, 03:28
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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15 Jan 2014, 21:19
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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