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First attempt 710- question about addressing quant section [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2014, 14:22
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I'm an undergrad at uchicago applying to Booth-- there's a program in which seniors apply before they graduate, and if accepted defer admission. I have heard that the acceptance rate for this program is significantly higher than it is normally, but this may be due to self selection/ a more competitive pool of applicants.

I just took the GMAT for my first time and scored 710 (45Q, 44V). I was very frustrated to see this as in the two GMATPREP tests, I scored 740 and 760, with 49 and 50 in quant. On top of this, I am graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics and separate B.A. in economics, 3.6 gpa, so I wasn't expecting quant to be a problem. I was extraordinarily busy this week for other reasons, but that shouldn't be an excuse.

I'm confident in the rest of my application but this gmat score really bugs me. Some people seem to think it's not worth it if you're not in the 80/80 percentile.

My question is-- should I explicitly address this discrepancy between these two scores? Or will my B.S. in math be enough to convince Booth that I'm not afraid of numbers? Moreover, regardless of the other components in my app, will this be a significant hindrance? (Retaking isn't an option due to the deadline for this application, and I'd also rather wait and take it much later when I have time to adequately prep.) I know I haven't divulged the other aspects of my application and so this may be hard to answer, but I'm more interested in how the GMAT score will specifically affect things.

Again, don't know what happened, I guess I just had a bad day. Not too worried though because I can always apply later during the normal cycle.

Thank you
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Re: First attempt 710- question about addressing quant section [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2014, 17:27
If you can demonstrate your quant proficiency in other ways (which you clearly can), then your score is fine. I don't think you need to highlight it as a weakness by addressing it. However, you could ask your recommenders to specifically highlight your quant skills.

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Re: First attempt 710- question about addressing quant section [#permalink] New post 13 Mar 2014, 20:20
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Hi,

I'm an undergrad at uchicago applying to Booth-- there's a program in which seniors apply before they graduate, and if accepted defer admission. I have heard that the acceptance rate for this program is significantly higher than it is normally, but this may be due to self selection/ a more competitive pool of applicants.

I just took the GMAT for my first time and scored 710 (45Q, 44V). I was very frustrated to see this as in the two GMATPREP tests, I scored 740 and 760, with 49 and 50 in quant. On top of this, I am graduating with a B.S. in Mathematics and separate B.A. in economics, 3.6 gpa, so I wasn't expecting quant to be a problem. I was extraordinarily busy this week for other reasons, but that shouldn't be an excuse.

I'm confident in the rest of my application but this gmat score really bugs me. Some people seem to think it's not worth it if you're not in the 80/80 percentile.

My question is-- should I explicitly address this discrepancy between these two scores? Or will my B.S. in math be enough to convince Booth that I'm not afraid of numbers? Moreover, regardless of the other components in my app, will this be a significant hindrance? (Retaking isn't an option due to the deadline for this application, and I'd also rather wait and take it much later when I have time to adequately prep.) I know I haven't divulged the other aspects of my application and so this may be hard to answer, but I'm more interested in how the GMAT score will specifically affect things.

Again, don't know what happened, I guess I just had a bad day. Not too worried though because I can always apply later during the normal cycle.

Thank you


Since retaking is not an option due to time constraints, why are you even thinking about the GMAT score. Focus on the rest of your app right now. There is no need to discuss the Q45 and anyway, what justification will you give? Instead, focus on your B.S. in Math and B.A. in Economics - both of which will ensure a smooth sailing during MBA and the adcom knows that. Talk about your projects, show enthusiasm about the school, write brilliant essays and you would probably not need to retake.
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Re: First attempt 710- question about addressing quant section   [#permalink] 13 Mar 2014, 20:20
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