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Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 17:31
I just got a 730 (Q48 (78th %ile) and V42 (96th %ile)). It's below the goal (Q49 and V45 minimum). Do I retake?

Here are a couple of factors to consider:
1) I've heard from a lot of people that you really need to be in the 80th+ %ile in Quant to sufficiently check that box at the top 5 schools.
2) I under-performed relative to my capability. Felt nervous and answered the last Q question too quickly than needed, then immediately realized it was wrong and was thinking about that stupid mistake for all of V. My last GMAT Prep was a 760 (Q49 V47) and the V42 is absolutely below baseline (probably V45-46).
3) IR is probably pretty weak too.
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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 17:44
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Congrats!!!

Wow. Quite a goal you have :-)

Is there a particular reason you are looking for 760? Or 99th percentile. Besides that it is a cool number?

How much time do you have? When are you applying?


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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 17:48
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vandygrad11 wrote:
I just got a 730 (Q48 (78th %ile) and V42 (96th %ile)). It's below the goal (Q49 and V45 minimum). Do I retake?

Here are a couple of factors to consider:
1) I've heard from a lot of people that you really need to be in the 80th+ %ile in Quant to sufficiently check that box at the top 5 schools.
2) I under-performed relative to my capability. Felt nervous and answered the last Q question too quickly than needed, then immediately realized it was wrong and was thinking about that stupid mistake for all of V. My last GMAT Prep was a 760 (Q49 V47) and the V42 is absolutely below baseline (probably V45-46).
3) IR is probably pretty weak too.


Hi Vandygrad11,

First of all congrats for the great score. Yes a lot of people and even schools say a competitive GMAT score is with >= 80% percentile in both quant and verbal. However, 78% is really close to 80% (so your split will be considered good by the schools) and your overall score is also high, so there is no need to retake the GMAT. Gaining admission in top 5 or even top 10 schools is very subjective; you never clearly know on what basis they have rejected/ selected you (could be work-ex, extra curr, achievements, demographics etc. etc..). As far as the GMAT for the top schools is considered, the score is merely a qualifying number. If you are a top school material then you will gain admission even with a score below 700. You have a 730, which is even better. Your score is equal to the average GMAT score for Harvard and Stanford and above the average for almost all the other schools. I suggest that you now focus all your attention towards researching and writing essays; this will surely pay huge dividends. All the best..!!

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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 31 May 2013, 18:01
Thanks guys for the reassuring. I've plenty of time (thinking of attending in Fall '15), but obviously there is still opportunity cost of studying to retake (could be reading, networking, spending $250 elsewhere, etc). However, there's no question in my mind that the 760+ (and Q49+) is within reach.

BB, a 99th percentile score is cool! That definitely is a factor. Also, meant to mention that my GPA is mildly below the top-school average, and therefore, it seems that a 760+ will help offset any concerns there. Is that logical?
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Sounds like you have time.

The main drawback would be $250 and whatever else you may spend on materials.

Ps. 99th percentile help with other things too though I was never able to leverage it. The most value I got from it was a co worker who having found out about it became amazed at it (I guess he never thought I put effort into anything based on his observations of my engagement at work. LOL).


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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2013, 13:34
I gave my exam today and got a 680( Q 41,V42). Screwed up quant and verbal in terms of time :(
But m happy wid my verbal and shocked with my Quant score :(
I guess i should retake? :(
Vercules,BB:-Thank you both for answering my queries in past :)

Can i aim for ISB with this score???
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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2013, 13:35
vandygrad11 wrote:
Thanks guys for the reassuring. I've plenty of time (thinking of attending in Fall '15), but obviously there is still opportunity cost of studying to retake (could be reading, networking, spending $250 elsewhere, etc). However, there's no question in my mind that the 760+ (and Q49+) is within reach.

BB, a 99th percentile score is cool! That definitely is a factor. Also, meant to mention that my GPA is mildly below the top-school average, and therefore, it seems that a 760+ will help offset any concerns there. Is that logical?



You are bond!

I wish we could swap scores as you are planning a retake anyhow :-D
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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 15:04
I took a long vacation and didn't think about the GMAT, but got back and received my official score which came in with a 6 on the essay and an 8 on the IR. It's probably not worth the effort, but I'm going to spend about a month sorting to-do things that have built up, and then jump back into the GMAT with a couple weeks of refresher and then ~4-6 weeks of hardcore advanced quant studying. Not going to study verbal at all other than GMAT Prep, so I'll need some better luck on that one. Assuming the plan works, 99th percentile here we come.
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Re: Fought the GMAT and the GMAT Won [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2013, 19:35
That is an awesome score! Congrats!

My opinion is that it's great that you're ambitious to score even higher for your own personal achievements, however, I doubt it will make a drastic difference in your application.

Question for you: what did you do to do so well on verbal?! How long did you spend preparing for the GMAT overall?

Good luck to you on your goal!
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