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Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 28 May 2009, 16:14
Hi all,

I took my GMAT today and got a score on 700 (90th percentile, V38 Q 48)

During the verbal section, I could feel that I was not in the comfort zone during the last 15 or so questions, and I believe I could have gotten a V40 if I had been a little diligent and that bad ass passage + difficult CR question hadnt shown up.

I am fretting over the fact that I could have obtained 20 more points but didnt. I need your inputs on how good do you think this score is and if I need to retake?

The retake is going to take a few more weeks of study/practice etc and the $250 fee in exchange for maybe 20-30 points. Is it really worth it?

Let me share my profile here to put this question in perspective.

Background: I am a South Asian (not from india, so i believe this might be a diversity advantage for me) working in a computer software firm here in the US. I have been here for 3+ years and my total experience at the end of this year would be 5 year, all in software development.

Undergrad: My undergrad is from a univ in my home country, CGPA of 3.7 (top 5 % of class), distinction, merit scholarships throughout, lots of great extracurriculars and great internships. (my undergrad experience rivals any top undergrad experience IMHO)

After Undergrad my extracurriculars have been okay.

I am also doing a part time masters in CS from a top 10 CS graduate school along with work (with some focus on entrepreneurship). Recently at work, i filed for a patent (with other inventors) and another one might be on the horizon...

I am interested in the top schools....Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Chicago and columbia.

Post MBA i plan to be in strategy consulting with the likes of MBB.

Based on all of the above, Is my GMAT good enough for my target schools or should I be concerned and retake the GMAT?

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2009, 11:20
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I would not retake. Your score is in the 700 club and you're undergrad academics seem to be good with being in the top 5% of your class.

OH, and you forgot to include Kellogg School of Managment in your list of top schools.
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2009, 11:59
I think 700 is good enough for most of the schools. However, if you really want to join firms like M/B/B then do some research and see if you should retake or not. I think it will help you later, but not for the purpose of getting in xyz school.
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2009, 13:09
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See this thread - it is discussing exactly this subject: is-my-gmat-score-good-enough-merged-77431.html
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2009, 15:21
thanks folks... for the advice... i guess essays would make or break the case then...
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 29 May 2009, 15:28
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thanks folks... for the advice... i guess essays would make or break the case then...



Yes - you should be on an equal playing field with other players and your GMAT score should not hurt you in any way.
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 11 Aug 2011, 04:10
Hello

Wharton’s MBA class of 2012 the students scored in the range of 650-770 in their GMAT and the median GMAT score being 720. Similarly looking at MIT Sloan MBA class profile of 2010-11 the middle 80% GMAT scores ranged from 670 to 770 and the median score was 720. Hence a score above 700 is required if you wish to study at these top institutes. However GMAT alone won’t determine your chances of admission; beyond the academics will also help you in determining your candidature and your work experience plays a vital role as well.

Beyond academics plays an equally important role so make sure you showcase it well. Generally most of the applicants have a good 4-5 years of work experience. Although it is not just the work experience that counts but also what you did there like-what were your achievements, what initiative you took, what changes you drove in your workplace etc. So to leverage this if you can show that in 5 years you have demonstrated the skills business schools are looking for you could put in a strong set of essays. Hence the quality of your work, your academics and beyond academics will play an important role in determining your candidature.

Start thinking what makes you unique and what’s that ‘hook’ that will be key to your application.
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake? [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2011, 20:30
Jumping in here to echo billyjeans comment.

Your 700 should be good enough for any of the schools (sure, a 770 will help, but 700 won't kill your application). It will depend on your other factors to get you into the school of your dream.

However, given the fact that your goal is to enter MC, that's a totally different story from being admitted to b-schools. If you truly believe you can do better on GMAT, I do recommend it if it won't take up too much of your time right now. Most people who make it into the top MC firms (M/B/B) have around 720-730 GMAT score. I'm not saying that the GMAT score alone is the indicator but it shows a simple trendline. If you ever want to retake the GMAT, retake it with the intention to better position yourself for top MC firms. I would not recommend you retaking your GMAT with the sole intention of getting into school though.
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Re: Profile + GMAT score - should I retake?   [#permalink] 12 Aug 2011, 20:30
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