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I am within the 20/80 range, but closer to to the lower end of accepted scores. In terms of Q/V breakdown, I am weak on quant relative to verbal. Should I address my "low" quant score even though my total score is within the 20/80 range?
As long as you have some quant coursework and/or your GPA is good I would not bring attention to a lower quant score. I think if you're above 80%, they won't deny you because of your GMAT. However, using the optional essay to talk about that might be looked at as bad judgement.
How do you know the 20/80 percentile score? Are you refering to the middle 80%, which would be the 10/90 percentiles?
I know I'm being difficult, so if you do go into the route of trying to explain it, make sure you understand it's the 10/90 percentiles or else they'll really questions your quantative skills..
To answer your question, unless you had a heart attack while taking the exam (or something similiar), I would say no. Because there isn't really much you can say about... it's an exam, it's over and focus on your strengths and why you're an amazing person. _________________
I had a 46 quant (79%) and didn't explain it, but I have a moderate to decent level of quant/analytical work in college and my job. I figured that was enough. Plus, I had better things to talk about in the optional that was a positive thing to mention. No changing it now! (for me) _________________
I had a 46 quant (79%) and didn't explain it, but I have a moderate to decent level of quant/analytical work in college and my job. I figured that was enough. Plus, I had better things to talk about in the optional that was a positive thing to mention. No changing it now! (for me)
A 79% on quant is not worth bringing up. Anything above an 80% is fine. A 79% is close enough.
could be. I seriously wondered if I deleted the whole thing before submitting or something. I didn't study much for it but I did study a little and I had reviewed 6.0 essays and developed a plan to mimic them. Again, no clue how a 4.0 happened. I have a friend who is a published author and has won many writing contests...he got a 4.5. Made me feel a lot better about the obscurity of the grading structure.
I scored terribly in the quant section (67%tile) (and that was the higher of my two scores!) and still got a 710 due to a 46 (99%tile) on Verbal. Odd thing for me is that I am a financial professional, (series 7, banking training program and corporate finance background).
It annoys the hell out of me that I did that poorly, but I didn't talk about it in my optional section at Kellogg, mainly because I think anyone looking at my application will be able to determine that I have strong quant and math skills from college finance and calculus classes, and relevant work experience. I don't know why the hell I did so badly in those tests, as I didn't do that badly in the practice tests.
I hope the test doesn't end up being a critical flaw in my application, but if schools like Kellogg and Chicago really mean what they say about looking at the "whole" you, I can't I am hopeful that the rest of application compensates.
Granted, if I get dinged from Kellogg in R1, I will retake the test again in time for Chicago R2.
Hey Manbehindthecurtain, I'm in a similar position to you numberswise but from a different background. I got a 44Q, 44V for a 710. I decided not to discuss the GMAT score on my application. I have some decent though nothing outstanding (B in Calculus 2 for scientists and engineers, B+ in Game Theory) undergrad coursework but nothing exceptional. My Kellogg interviewer asked my GMAT score and we ended up discussing the breakdown. His take was that I'm a nonprofit guy looking to do more nonprofit and will be taking mostly management classes at Kellogg and they know that and aren't going to sweat the 70% quant score. I'm hoping that that is sound advice. _________________
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Re: Optional Essay to Address GMAT?
22 Nov 2008, 15:23
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