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Guys, can you please advise me openly what are the potential risks/disadvantages if I retake GMAT (this would be 3rd attempt) and score worse than my best attempt so far?

Points to consider:
- my best result to date (2nd attempt) is 700 (90%): Q50 (94%) and V34 (69%). AWA 6.0
- my 1st attempt was 640: Q48 and V30. AWA 6.0
- I'm very happy with Q50 (high-end for me; normally scoring 47-49)
- I'm unhappy with V34 (practice tests indicated 38-40)
- I'm worried with Verbal 69% (way below 80/80 rule) and that's why I'd like to retake GMAT
- Reasonably speaking I think I can improve my Verbal by 3-5 points
- Reasonably speaking I should expect lower (than 50) Quant (around 48)
- I'm not a native speaker (I'm from Eastern Europe), so this offsets (a little bit) lower Verbal
- I'm ok to take GMAT for the 3rd time.

Is there any potential risk I don't see? If - in worst case scenario - I score lower than so far (on both Quant and Verbal) will it impact negatively my application? I'm assuming that schools will take my best score, so there is no any risk associated with 3rd attempt - am I right or wrong?
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garbus222 wrote:
Guys, can you please advise me openly what are the potential risks/disadvantages if I retake GMAT (this would be 3rd attempt) and score worse than my best attempt so far?

Points to consider:
- my best result to date (2nd attempt) is 700 (90%): Q50 (94%) and V34 (69%). AWA 6.0
- my 1st attempt was 640: Q48 and V30. AWA 6.0
- I'm very happy with Q50 (high-end for me; normally scoring 47-49)
- I'm unhappy with V34 (practice tests indicated 38-40)
- I'm worried with Verbal 69% (way below 80/80 rule) and that's why I'd like to retake GMAT
- Reasonably speaking I think I can improve my Verbal by 3-5 points
- Reasonably speaking I should expect lower (than 50) Quant (around 48)
- I'm not a native speaker (I'm from Eastern Europe), so this offsets (a little bit) lower Verbal
- I'm ok to take GMAT for the 3rd time.

Is there any potential risk I don't see? If - in worst case scenario - I score lower than so far (on both Quant and Verbal) will it impact negatively my application? I'm assuming that schools will take my best score, so there is no any risk associated with 3rd attempt - am I right or wrong?

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Yes, I agree with Jallenmorris. Unless you are sure that you are going to increase your score to 750+ I see no point in reappearing. That time is worth spending writing a good essay which bschools give more importance to judge a candidate's credentials towards admission. If you are sure that you are going to keep 50+ in quant and 44+ in verbal then go ahead and give it again. But for 80/80 split, appearing again for GMAT may not be of much help. But if you think your satisfaction in the test as a top priority and you were not satisfied with your score last time then you can appear for the test again just to stop regretting in future.
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In my opinion, I think 700 is well within a good range for the schools that you're applying to. Unless you strongly believe that you can get a 750 or above, I wouldn't take it. Taking the GMAT for a third time is somewhat questionable. Pearson states that a retake can increase up 20-30 points, statistically. But I think it diminishes after that.
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Thanks a lot for reply, time and advice! Now, some time after I posted the question, I totally agree with you. I might not be totally happy with my score, but 20-30 points won't make the difference (and for sure won't offset the reduced quality of essays b/c of less time I'd spend on them). I emailed also few admissions offices and majority of them confirmed what you wrote. 700 is "within the range" and even though the score is "unbalanced" they have other ways to verify verbal skills (TOEFL, essays, interview).

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