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# 750 but low quant - retake?

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03 Sep 2009, 00:14
jallenmorris wrote:
Retake from a 750? Are you insane?

Consider this: Last year Stanford dinged every single perfect score applicant that applied. What's the significance? Stanford doesn't care about score. If I were on the panel, I might vote to ding every single one just to make a statement: NO SCORE IS AN AUTOMATIC ADMIT.

If you retake, what message will you be sending admissions committees? You got a 750 first time around, 98% percentile. Meaning that you beat out all but 2% of the entire population ever to take the GMAT ("ever to take" works in theory). The AdCom will see your 750 first time take and then a retake that, if you improve is somewhere between 760 and 800. The 800 of course places you in a group of perfectionist, which would be reinforced by looking at your testing history and the adcoms will see First Attemp: 750, Second Attempt: 800. Schools don't want someone that is perfect, they want people that will be good classmates and strive for perfection while realizing that perfection is rarely achieved. There is always a ROI. You might write a 98% perfect paper and it takes you 6 hours to write it. Then to improve that paper from 98% perfect to 100% perfect takes you another 20 hours. Honestly, is this extra 20 hours worth the 2%? What was the return on your 20 hour investment? 0.1% per hour?

It's your decision, but my advice is to not ever take the GMAT again (as long as you apply within 5 years) because you will be sending the wrong message to the b-school adcoms. That message is that you are more interested in perfection that utility. Schools need someone that can someday go manage a company, not just take tests to perfection. No one gets 100% correct in a business environemnt for which you're being prepared during b-school.

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23 Sep 2009, 19:38
750 is a pretty high score. But with your V scores already high, I'm sure you can definitely reach even 780 if you improve on the Q side.

Then again, do you really need such a high score to get into the top business schools?
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25 Sep 2009, 12:10
I think its an amazing score to get in top 5 schools .Rest you should try to make your application strong by investing time into that .Alsokeep an eye on the deadlines for this year just in case you want to apply for this year .
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27 Sep 2009, 11:35
great score.. Congrats..
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21 Nov 2009, 18:23
I am in a similar situation:
750
Q: 44 (69th percentile)
V: 50 (99th percentile)

I was doing slightly better on the Q section in practice tests, although I never felt like I mastered some of the math, and could probably improve with more studying. That being said, I'm not sure I could repeat the 50 in verbal if I took it again. I am currently an analyst at a hedge fund, so I feel like my quantitative skills are pretty good, but I was a history major in college with limited coursework in quant subjects (pretty good grades in the quant classes though). Although I was happy with my score, I'm now nervous that my Q is to low. My top choices and Columbia and NYU. Any thoughts?
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21 Nov 2009, 22:40
jallenmorris wrote:
Retake from a 750? Are you insane?

Consider this: Last year Stanford dinged every single perfect score applicant that applied. What's the significance? Stanford doesn't care about score. If I were on the panel, I might vote to ding every single one just to make a statement: NO SCORE IS AN AUTOMATIC ADMIT.

If you retake, what message will you be sending admissions committees? You got a 750 first time around, 98% percentile. Meaning that you beat out all but 2% of the entire population ever to take the GMAT ("ever to take" works in theory). The AdCom will see your 750 first time take and then a retake that, if you improve is somewhere between 760 and 800. The 800 of course places you in a group of perfectionist, which would be reinforced by looking at your testing history and the adcoms will see First Attemp: 750, Second Attempt: 800. Schools don't want someone that is perfect, they want people that will be good classmates and strive for perfection while realizing that perfection is rarely achieved. There is always a ROI. You might write a 98% perfect paper and it takes you 6 hours to write it. Then to improve that paper from 98% perfect to 100% perfect takes you another 20 hours. Honestly, is this extra 20 hours worth the 2%? What was the return on your 20 hour investment? 0.1% per hour?

It's your decision, but my advice is to not ever take the GMAT again (as long as you apply within 5 years) because you will be sending the wrong message to the b-school adcoms. That message is that you are more interested in perfection that utility. Schools need someone that can someday go manage a company, not just take tests to perfection. No one gets 100% correct in a business environemnt for which you're being prepared during b-school.

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