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Can I keep OK GMAT score as safety net and take GRE?

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Can I keep OK GMAT score as safety net and take GRE? [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2014, 08:32
Hi all!

I plan to apply to PhD programs in OB in the fall, and am in a bit of a pickle. Just like almost everyone who frequents this forum, I've got my eye set on getting into the very top schools. Now, I have a good GMAT score (730) but my Quant was below 75% (definitely wouldn't look great if the AdComs look beneath the surface of my score). I've got an Accounting undergrad (3.5/4.0) and a Master's in Management (3.9/4.0) from a large state school. Relatively sure I could get into top 25 programs, but that's not the point.

Here's my issue:

Although I think my Quant score could improve if I retook the GMAT, I don't know if I could pull off another 97% Verbal. So instead of risking getting a lower GMAT score, can I take the GRE, and then depending on my results, omit either it or the GMAT? If I take it and somehow get 90%+ in both sections, fantastic! And if not, no harm done, I'll just use the GMAT. Or do they somehow look up your scores for both exams? So for example, if I bomb the GRE, will my GMAT score now be useless?

Probably a bit of a silly question, but I have combed the internet and can't find an answer. Everyone is wondering which to take, but no one seems to be leveraging a safety net.

Thanks!
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Yes, you can do it.
Take both and then choose which one to send. Schools cannot look up your score unless you request that it be sent to them (and pay to send those scores too!)

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Re: Can I keep OK GMAT score as safety net and take GRE?   [#permalink] 07 Jan 2014, 09:23
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