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I've never posted here before but I read a lot of posts here when thinking of retaking the GMAT so I figured I would post my story and see if it helped anyone.

I orginally took the test in mid-March and got a 710 (Q:76%, V:95%). I had studied for about two months about 5 or 6 hours a week largely using Manhattan GMAT. I wasn't unhappy with the score perse but I had done better on practice tests and since I have a lower GPA (3.1 but from an Ivy) I thought a higher score could help. A lot of my friends said not to retake it but I just couldn't get the feeling out of my head that I could do better. I decided to just relax for a few weeks, then pickup the same schedule and take the test in mid-april and focus on the Quant material.

I took the GMAT again a few days ago a got a 740 (Q:67%, V:99%) which I thought was weird because I didn't study for Verbal at all. While I'm pumped to get the higher combined score, I think the disparity in the Quant and Verbal scores probably means it really didn't improve my profile much. But I am very happy I retook it because it would have always been in the back of my mind if I hadn't.

I know there are a lot of people struggling with weather or not to retake it after a low 700s/high 600s score. My opinion is that if it is bothering you, go for it. At least you'll know instead of thinking that you wished you had retaken it if you don't get into the school's of your choice. Just my opinion and hope it is helpful to some people.
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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2010, 08:26
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Thank you for sharing - I think your perspective absolutely makes sense; just get it out of your head for $250.
Interesting enough, though is that everyone who walks out of the test center always feels that they could have done better. I did too and the only thing that stopped me was that I got a 99th percentile and even though it was the highest possible score, I got the highest percentile...
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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 21 Apr 2010, 09:21
SFMBA wrote:
I've never posted here before but I read a lot of posts here when thinking of retaking the GMAT so I figured I would post my story and see if it helped anyone.

I orginally took the test in mid-March and got a 710 (Q:76%, V:95%). I had studied for about two months about 5 or 6 hours a week largely using Manhattan GMAT. I wasn't unhappy with the score perse but I had done better on practice tests and since I have a lower GPA (3.1 but from an Ivy) I thought a higher score could help. A lot of my friends said not to retake it but I just couldn't get the feeling out of my head that I could do better. I decided to just relax for a few weeks, then pickup the same schedule and take the test in mid-april and focus on the Quant material.

I took the GMAT again a few days ago a got a 740 (Q:67%, V:99%) which I thought was weird because I didn't study for Verbal at all. While I'm pumped to get the higher combined score, I think the disparity in the Quant and Verbal scores probably means it really didn't improve my profile much. But I am very happy I retook it because it would have always been in the back of my mind if I hadn't.

I know there are a lot of people struggling with weather or not to retake it after a low 700s/high 600s score. My opinion is that if it is bothering you, go for it. At least you'll know instead of thinking that you wished you had retaken it if you don't get into the school's of your choice. Just my opinion and hope it is helpful to some people.


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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 22 Apr 2010, 06:44
Congratulations SFMBA!

A better score is a "better" score. All the best for your apps.
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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2010, 01:42
In my first attempt I got a 680.
Second attempt: 620 (3 months later)

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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2010, 09:24
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Congratulations SFMBA!

A better score is a "better" score. All the best for your apps.


I dont know if that is necessarily true. After speaking to multiple bay area part time MBA students, i have heard time and again that one should aim for 85 th percentile on Q and V. That usually adds up to 700-730. After that any score is not going to change the admission committees decision.

Although, a lower score can be compensated with a good story on your app. Ill be retaking later this year, i scored a 660 on my first attempt. I was scoring 700s on the Gmat prep so obviously something went wrong on test day. This time around i think i know my way around test prep material!
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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 05 May 2010, 02:24
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Re: Original 710, Retake 740 [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2011, 08:51
Hey i have a query regarding your quant score , during the test do you feel you did badly on quants ?
I felt i was in control during quants but ended up with dismal 47 , though i used to score 49 and a 48 on a bad day !
quants ruined my score..:(
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