1. Is it worth retaking the test? Should time and efforts be focused on the rest of the application instead? If you think you have a good chance of scoring in the 700+ range and can clearly identify a plan to achieve it then retake the test. However, only do it if you can still make the R2 deadlines with a strong application package. If retaking the test will push you into R3 then it is not worth it.
2. Will adcomm’s assign any value to an improvement of 680 to 700-720 area? Yes, adcomm's consider your highest score when reviewing you application.
3. Will adcomm’s negatively view the GMAT retake since 680 is already within the 80% range of the school’s scores? No, retaking the GMAT is generally only viewed negatively if you take the test more than 3x.
4. Risk and impact of overall lower score and lower quant score during the retake given the usual emphasis on quant scores and 31-day waiting period until the retake. Your highest overall score will be considered.
5. Do I apply with my current score and, if it doesn’t go well this year, retake the GMAT and reapply next year? If retaking the test is going to impact the quality of your application by taking too much time away from essay writing, interview prep, etc. then go with your current score.
6. General view on my candidacy. Overall, your profile is solid. Try to differentiate yourself from other candidates by discussing any unique skills, interests, or experiences your may have.
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