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# Happy with the score, but should I re-take

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22 Dec 2010, 08:49
First of all, thank you GMATClub community!

I took GMAT yesterday and got 690 (Q48, V37). Overall 88 percentile (each, V and Q are 80 percentile).
I would say I did not feel nervous during exam: focusing was not a problem. Earplugs were provided and helped a lot, as many people came to the test center that day. Four hours of the test just flew by. I used all the breaks to stretch and have a bite.

It has been a while since I graduated, so I had to start from the beginning. I started my preparation 5 month ago by spending 2 hours per day after work and 5 hours on Sat and Sunday. I used MGMAT SC, MGMAT Numbers, MGMAT RC and CR Bible. All of books were helpful to some degree; however, MGMAT SC definitely stands out of all. Other books had couple of helpful strategies.

My practice tests:

MGMAT1 640 (45,33) - early fall
MGMAT2 660 (45, 35)
MGMAT3 670 (48, 33)
MGMAT4 680 (48, 35)
MGMAT5 680 (47, 36)
MGMAT6 690 (48, 36)

GMAT Prep 1 700 (49, 38)
GMAT Prep 2 710 (50, 35)

I would say practice tests are overall a pretty good prediction of exam performance. Perhaps, I did a little bit worse on the real exam. I am debating if it is a good idea to retake the exam; however, I doubt, that it is worth the effort: maximum I can get is extra 10 or 20 points, which will not shift my score considerably.

I am targeting top 10 schools. I will have to apply for R3, hoping that my background will help.
I have a PhD in molecular biology and was working in biotech/pharma R&D for the past several years. My age, 34, can be a disadvantage, though.
I will also have to take TOEFL, as I am from Europe originally.

Thank you guys for all the help you provided! I would appreciate any suggestions.
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22 Dec 2010, 09:07
Great score!!! Congratulations!!!

Well, I think your score is quite good even for top 10 schools. Essays will be critical. Check this thread out

Best of luck & keep us posted.
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22 Dec 2010, 14:14
I hit a 690 (Q47 V38) -88th percentile. Now your scores are pretty much the same and I assume you hit around 80-85th percentile on Quant and 80th percentile on Verbal. If you scores were skewed a lot towards Quant retaking the GMAT might have been a good option , but then at what cost? What if you don't do as well on your next attempt? I spoke to a couple of guys and all of them suggested that I work on my essays and forget about GMAT - we are right in the sweet spot: GMAT range for successful candidates at most top 10 schools is between 640-740 with the average at around 690. Now, agreed the low scorers maybe people from a diversity background, but still you and I have a fair shot (as long as we can convey our stories through our essays). Also, be careful about the deadlines : some schools don't accept International applications in R3.
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25 Dec 2010, 06:23
@vicksikand- I agree with you.
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26 Dec 2010, 14:44
Thank you.
I was hoping to get answers similar to the ones I got
(Starting GMAT preparation again would be difficult.)
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03 Jan 2011, 18:07
Folks,
I have the same score 690 (Q48 V37) and am a Male Indian IT professional. Is it true that part-time NYU or Chicago Booth will be a little easier to get into that their full-time counterparts? I am trying to get a feel for whether 690 is disfavorably worse than 700 for part-time programs applications.
I liked the word 'sweet spot' but does it become sweeter when you apply for a part-time program at NYU and Chicago Booth?

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03 Jan 2011, 19:33
Yes, your chances at PT are better. The average gmat scores for PT programs are less and I think competition is less too since you are limited to those who can physically attend the program while working full time.

You can see the average gmat scores here: us-part-time-mba-rankings-class-profiles-and-comparison-84898.html (Booth did not publish its score for some reason....)

Compare that to the full time: 2010-mba-rankings-99812.html
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04 Jan 2011, 06:54
Thanks BB.
I have been spending most of my last week trying to assess if my score will me a decent shot and with your response I am convinced I should go for it.
I will now focus on my application process.

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04 Jan 2011, 07:40
Fijisurf wrote:
First of all, thank you GMATClub community!

I took GMAT yesterday and got 690 (Q48, V37). Overall 88 percentile (each, V and Q are 80 percentile).
I would say I did not feel nervous during exam: focusing was not a problem. Earplugs were provided and helped a lot, as many people came to the test center that day. Four hours of the test just flew by. I used all the breaks to stretch and have a bite.

It has been a while since I graduated, so I had to start from the beginning. I started my preparation 5 month ago by spending 2 hours per day after work and 5 hours on Sat and Sunday. I used MGMAT SC, MGMAT Numbers, MGMAT RC and CR Bible. All of books were helpful to some degree; however, MGMAT SC definitely stands out of all. Other books had couple of helpful strategies.

My practice tests:

MGMAT1 640 (45,33) - early fall
MGMAT2 660 (45, 35)
MGMAT3 670 (48, 33)
MGMAT4 680 (48, 35)
MGMAT5 680 (47, 36)
MGMAT6 690 (48, 36)

GMAT Prep 1 700 (49, 38)
GMAT Prep 2 710 (50, 35)

I would say practice tests are overall a pretty good prediction of exam performance. Perhaps, I did a little bit worse on the real exam. I am debating if it is a good idea to retake the exam; however, I doubt, that it is worth the effort: maximum I can get is extra 10 or 20 points, which will not shift my score considerably.

I am targeting top 10 schools. I will have to apply for R3, hoping that my background will help.
I have a PhD in molecular biology and was working in biotech/pharma R&D for the past several years. My age, 34, can be a disadvantage, though.
I will also have to take TOEFL, as I am from Europe originally.

Thank you guys for all the help you provided! I would appreciate any suggestions.

Your score is fine (not outstanding but fine). Just forget about the GMAT, live with it, and focus on the application process (essays are very important).
good luck, keep us posted
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04 Jan 2011, 08:11
I think the score is pretty decent. Your rest of the application matters a lot. All the best
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06 Jan 2011, 09:51
Thank you for all the replies.
I got my AWA score. It is 4.5
I guess it could be better, but still around average?
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06 Jan 2011, 12:28
nice score!! congrats!!!!! i am pretty sure you could improve!! let me know...
good luck
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