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# GMAT Retake?

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01 Jul 2011, 11:42
Hi,

I recently took my GMAT exam and scored a 710 (92 percentile), Quant 48 (82 percentile), Verbal 40 (89 percentile). I studied hard for the exam and took several practice tests, including scores of 720 and 740 on the two GMAT Prep exams. I graduated 1.5 years ago from Lehigh University (3.56 GPA in their Business & Engineering Honors Program) and am currently working as an IT Consultant for a large firm. I plan to apply to the top business schools (Stanford, HBS, Haas) in approx. 2-3 years and wanted to know if it would be beneficial to retake the GMAT exam, since the averages for those schools are around 730 and getting in with any score is extremely difficult. I understand that there are numerous factors in the admissions process, but am currently debating this GMAT decision and would really appreciate your input. Thanks!
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05 Jul 2011, 17:15
Hello Bostonite, thanks for your question.

Your question really depends on your ability to raise your score. If you feel you’ve maxed out your potential, then a retake may not get you any higher, and may in fact lower your score! If you believe you can do better by, say, 30 points, then why not retake? Taking the test twice is a reasonable number.

Of course, a 710 puts you in play for those programs and certainly doesn’t eliminate you out of hand – they really just want a 700 with an evenly balance 80% on each side to give them confidence that you can do the work, and with a strong GPA in a quantitative field, you only need the GMAT to confirm what the GPA already demonstrates, not to offset a weak GPA. Your experience is what will get you admitted!

Best of luck!
Brian
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