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Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications?

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Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 11:43
Hi Everyone

Just took the official GMAT and scored 700 (Q44, V42). Did something really stupid though. I took my sweet time eating my snacks (ahhh food seduces me!) during my break between AWA and quant, and ended up taking 13 minutes (which reduced my quant time to 70 min). This contributed to some panic and sloppiness of my quant. I honestly think I could have scored 710 - 740. Should I retake? Or should I just focus on my applications at this point?

Target schools: Wharton, LBS, Insead, Oxford, MIT, Stanford, Cambridge, HEC.

I have a lot in the volunteer, leadership, and work exp portions and don't need much more work in those areas. I also have a high GPA from both my undergrad (not well known school) and my grad school (ivy league).

Thanks for your advice and thoughts in advance. I can't tell you how much this forum has helped me.

-Enkie
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 12:32
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Ah, too bad about the lunch break! Your score is quite good, by the way. It seems that you have almost everything covered now, but please don't underestimate the application process and essays. These require a great deal of time and effort. Any sacrifice on the essays means that you sacrifice your acceptance letter.

As for the retake, I normally advise people to resist this temptation. However, your situation is a tad different. If you (1) honestly and sincerely believe that you will score well above 700, (2) are sure that the lost minutes from the break were a large factor in your mental state and subsequent score, and (3) could remain in control and easily deal with similar problems during the second attempt, then I say that a retake might be worth it.

Remember, though, that a lower score on the second attempt would hurt your chances - especially for the schools listed above. But you have time to think about this, so take a week or two off and consider the pros and cons.
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 13:01
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Hi There

Thanks so much for your input! I think you are right in that essays will take up a lot of my time. I think I will spend the next month honing my resume and first draft essays, then reconsider my retake options.

I already have a grad degree in economics from an ivy league school (with 3.8 GPA and A+ in economics), so maybe that can prove that my quant is better than what the score says.

Thanks again. I will take a break and figure out after a month if I should retake... :)
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 14:16
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Well, I'm just glad that I could be of some help! It's nice to see that you chose so quickly and calmly. I see so many hesitate until the last moment and then make hasty decisions or panic. It's also reassuring that you respect the essays. You will certainly have your hands full!

But while you're taking time off to focus on the essays, Bodine's Great Application Essays for Business School might help a bit. Some of the advice is obvious, but the book is affordable and did improve my essay writing skills. Maybe it will do the same for you. :wink:
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 25 Jun 2011, 14:25
THank you! Am going to order it now... :)
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2011, 17:01
App time for you! I can't wait to throw my GMAT books away. I am so jealous.
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2011, 17:05
:) When do you take it?
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 14:24
Maybe you should post this question to the admission consultant section?

I reckon you could squeeze a few more points out of that quant score.
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2011, 17:31
When you decide to think about retaking again, I'd say don't do it unless you're coming into your next attempt better prepared than this one or the 700 isn't letting you sleep at night. Why? A 700 is just as good as a 710, 720, or 730 in almost anyone's book, so unless you feel confident you could get a 740+ you might just be spinning your wheels. Of course if you're practicing at a high 700s level coming into the exam it'd probably be worth it simply for the sake of putting your best foot forward (not necessarily for any distinct admissions advantage).

At the end of the day, I've gotten the impression from these forums that we're all in this not just to get into business school, but also to make ourselves proud of the work we put in. Nobody wants to submit an application with a typo in it and a GMAT score that's less than what we're capable of is just another "typo"--something that isn't representative of our profile.
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Re: Baaaah! Gmat 700...retake or just focus on applications? [#permalink] New post 29 Jun 2011, 17:15
I would only take it again if you think you can get around a 730 or better
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