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I appreciate help and inputs from forum mates on what's best for me
Here goes my story -
Did a short gmat prep for 30 days, was scoring in the 700-720 in practice, with 48-49 for Quants. Never ever looked at the AWA, I always thought that would be cakewalk for me, given my high scores in school English. Scored [highlight]710(Q46,V41), AWA 4.5 in the actual test[/highlight]
I am planning to apply to schools - Ross,Darden, Duke etc, and emory,tepper as backups.
I would never have considered retaking the GMAT but for the below factors
[highlight]a)Importance of GMAT score for scholarship -[/highlight] My current financial position dictates that I need good scholarships to pursue study at the top 15, or else I would have to settle for lower rung colleges which charges less. I am very keen to know how the GMAT scores impacts scholarships.i.e If I can touch 750, do I stand a better chance of a scholarship? Other negatives against me are -(yes,same story) - Male/Indian/IT; so does a higher gmat score help distinguish me from the rest(I know it is predominantly essays etc, but if it gives me a slight edge, I am happy to retake the gmat)
b)[highlight]Poor AWA score(4.5)[/highlight] - Remember i am an international candidate, I dont want me to be rejected for my AWA.
c) [highlight]My short duration prep[/highlight] - I did prep only for 30 days, which translates to 100-120 hours.90 days being the standard gmat effort, I would assume that I can improve 30-40 points with a 2 month effort.
710 is indeed a good score. If you think you would can improve the score, you should definitely give a retake.
If you don't retake there is 100 probability you won't improve your score. If you retake you still have 50%
Do not feel bad about your profile. The adcoms are not going to reject you just because you are another Indian IT male.... Take it as a challenge and prepare solid application. I know the competition is high for Indian IT male, but try to differentiate yourself.
I wish you good luck.. Keep us updated. _________________
Check out this awesome article about Anderson on Poets Quants, http://poetsandquants.com/2015/01/02/uclas-anderson-school-morphs-into-a-friendly-tech-hub/ . Anderson is a great place! Sorry for the lack of updates recently. I...