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GMAT Retake 710 help please [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 07:26
So I took the GMAT recently and scored a 710 (Q: 47 and V: 40). I haven’t received my IR score yet, but I don’t think that I did very well. The reason that I want to take it again is that I know that I could have done better. I ran out of time for IR, Quant, and the verbal sections. I’m also looking to apply to the top 5 schools.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it a waste of time? And more importantly, how should I go about studying for the re-take. I’ve already exhausted MGMAT cat exams and books along with several other practice exams.
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Re: GMAT Retake 710 help please [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2012, 20:44
Honestly, you should be really proud of a 710. Congratulations!

I don't know anything about your profile or your timeline for applications, but a 710/47/40 is generally enough to give you a chance at top MBA programs. Sometimes we forget that the #1 admissions criteria is your work experience and career vision; the GMAT is an important component, but improving from a 710 to, say, a 750 won't necessarily make a huge difference. If you have a strong enough profile, you'll get in with a 710. If you have a weak profile, no GMAT score will be high enough to get you a spot at a top-five program.

If you're applying this year, then you definitely need to put the GMAT books down, and focus on writing the best applications possible. If you're looking ahead to next year and you really have a compelling reason to believe that your chances would be improved by an extra 30 or 40 points, then go ahead and retake. But a 710 is pretty badass, and it's probably high enough to make the GMAT a non-issue in your applications.

I hope this helps. Good luck with everything!
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