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I had a very similar dilemma (exactly 20 points lower than you on both tests). For many schools, you won't have a choice. Some state a preference; I would go with that. I wrote the program director of one school that accepted both for advice on which to send. He said, basically, that since I just told him that I took both, to submit them both! I sent the GRE to one other school that accepted both because I though it was a reach anyway (it was--it was my first ding).
If I were you, and I was aiming high, I'd retake the GMAT. There is a good chance that you'll have to submit it to many of the schools you want.
I don't have much experience with top 10 schools or strategy, so take the following with a grain of salt...
If you're sure you won't need the GMAT because of the schools you're targeting (more on this below), I think that you're right in thinking that it would be a little anal to retake the GRE since you've already put up a 780q and a 700v. It's pretty widely accepted that adcomms consider the highest score. They may be more likely to mix and match the subscores on the GRE because you're not supposed to add the scores anyway. The only problem I see is that top 10 is extremely competitive. My understanding is that strategy is fairly quantitative, and with GRE quant scores of 800 being only around 90% (as I recall), your 780 may be a problem (yes, that does seem silly given the standard error of the test, but it's a convenient way to draw a line). However, your undergrad pedigree is excellent and you have research experience (although a quantitative masters would be nice), so my guess is that you would be a good top 10 candidate.
Having said that though, you may want to consider some schools outside the top 10. You are likely to be asked in an interview (or even an app) what other schools you have applied to. Adcomms may be a little concerned about your "Business Week shotgun" approach to selecting schools. They like to see more consideration of alignment with the school, especially with regard to research interest (although as a practical matter your interests are likely to change, especially if you are younger person).
It seems like everyone I talk to has an 800Q GRE. I am applying to OB programs, and I have a 750Q 750V. Do I stand a chance or should I retake? Again, it seems a bit odd to retake with a relatively good total score. Does anyone have an opinion?
Does everyone have an 800Q GRE?
27 Nov 2005, 02:02