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21 Nov 2005, 22:03
Hi,

Thanks ahead of time for answering my question. I intend to apply to many of the top 15 business schools in the U.S. My GMAT score was schewed towards verbal. I received a 690 (42Q/66% and 41V/93%). My question is whether I should retake the exam or leave my score as is. I was an economics major from a top 25 undergrad school (gpa 3.2) and am in the investment business. I have passed the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam, which I hope is enough to make up for my low quant score on the GMAT. Do you think the combination of the CFA, econ undergrad, and 5 years of work experience in finance will make up for my low quant score? Your thoughts are appreciated.
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22 Nov 2005, 23:29
wonderboy wrote:
Hi,

Thanks ahead of time for answering my question. I intend to apply to many of the top 15 business schools in the U.S. My GMAT score was schewed towards verbal. I received a 690 (42Q/66% and 41V/93%). My question is whether I should retake the exam or leave my score as is. I was an economics major from a top 25 undergrad school (gpa 3.2) and am in the investment business. I have passed the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) exam, which I hope is enough to make up for my low quant score on the GMAT. Do you think the combination of the CFA, econ undergrad, and 5 years of work experience in finance will make up for my low quant score? Your thoughts are appreciated.

It could make it up and it might not. You can approach it in one of two ways:

1) Apply with your current score, putting in a lot of time on the essays to make your appliction your best, but acknowledging that the verbal may be a weakness and that you might have to reapply. This approach minimizes the chances of your retaking the GMAT.

2) Minimize the chance of reapplication. Retake the GMAT and apply with a hopefully higher quant score. This will require a lot of work between now and the 2nd round deadlines if you are to make them.

Personally, I lean towards #1 because of all the quant in your background, but if you dread the possbility of reapplication more than the certainty of retaking the GMAT, #2 is also reasonable.

Good luck!
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