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I read that Kellogg and Tuck take the the best q and v subscores when calculating your gmat. So let's say that you have a 48q 38v on the first attempt and then drastically improve the to 46v on the second but your quant drops. They will then treat the cumulative score of 750 or whatever compared to the 690/700 scored seperately...is that correct? Will they they use the score of 750 not only for their consideration of the app but for their statistics as well?

What other schools do this? Also, can someone confirm that Tuck does this...I could not find it on the website.
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New post 04 Jun 2008, 17:17
My understanding of this was basically to encourage that 80/80 split. You can take the highest quant, verbal, and overall score.

I think this gives you a chance to prove that you can score well in both sections but your highest overall score is what it is.
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New post 04 Jun 2008, 17:59
On a related note, what if your total score is lower than your first? I took the GMAT almost 4 years ago (got a 710) and am thinking of re-taking soon. What if I get a lower score? Will that be looked upon negatively?
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New post 04 Jun 2008, 18:13
That would make sense because I was wondering how that would affect their class statistics if they calculating scores different than other schools.

I am also in a similar situation..I scored 700 but after reading these forums I realized that I did not prep properly. I have been studying and will be taking some tests to guage how much, if at all, I can improve. Supposedly, they take the highest score. I cant help but think that if you score 30 to 40 points lower on the second attempt that they will disregard the second attempt. It would be logical for them to assume that you put in more time studying for the second exam and that the first may therefore have been a fluke, but who knows. I think the general rule is to retake only if you think you can score 30+ points higher.
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New post 04 Jun 2008, 19:50
yeah but a 740 is difficult to get, it would seem...so getting 30 pts above the 710 would definitely not be easy to do...based on that rule of thumb, not sure if i should even bother re-taking...ahhh this is so stressful
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Well, so think about it. If 740 seems like a reach, then what is doable 730 or 720? Improving by 10 or 20 points is definitely not worth the time...imo. Eventhough I am already clocking some serious hours studying, if I dont think I can get at least a 740, then I will not risk it. If I were you, I would not take it again if getting a 740 does not seem achievable.
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New post 04 Jun 2008, 23:14
What I understood from the whole application process was that most schools only consider your latest/ highest/ mentioned in your application score. But you should check it with each school's FAQ. Usually they have them on their websites. Actually, they care only about their own statistics.
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