So I took my GMAT last Tuesday and scored 720 (Q48, V41). I'll wait with a detailed debrief as I'll probably sit for the exam one more time. I know that there is a great "retake - yes or no" thread on this forum but nonetheless wanted to ask the community for an opinion on whether, given my specific situation, it makes sense to retake.Practice scores:
GMAT Prep V2, test 1: 760 (Q49, V47)
GMAT Prep V2, test 2: 720 (Q49, V39)
GMAT Prep V1, test 1: 770 (Q50, V46)
GMAT Prep V1, test 2 (retake): 780 (Q50, V48)
MGMAT 1: 700 (Q47, V39)
MGMAT 2: 700 (Q47, V40)
MGMAT 3: 730 (Q49, V40)Other relevant facts:
- GPA: 3.7/4
- Undergraduate degree in busines administration from a very decent school
- Very good grades in quantitative subjects
- European, non-native speaker (though I communicate in English with my wife)Exam experience (might be of interest to others taking the exam as well):
- Overall difficulty:
The difficulty of the quant section of the exam was comparable to GMAT Prep, the verbal section felt slightly more difficult.
For some odd reason I was really afraid of not being able to finish the math section on time, so I kinda rushed through it. When I reached question 30, I had 28 minutes left. Overall I felt that bad timing might have affected my score.
I got only one combinatorics question. The question was extremely basic. This reconfirms my opinion that, unless you aim to score 51, it is probably not worth to spend a lot of time on studying combinatorics.
- Choosing your seat:
There were only four people taking the exam. I was able to sit wherever I wanted and chose, what I retrospectively have to say, a really stupid place. There was an open window and the sun shone on my screen, making reading somewhat difficult. I don't think this directly affected my score but it was annoying. Reasons for retake:
- I feel the result is at the lower end of my practice scores and doesn't reflect my true level of abilities (I hope so at least
- Score is lower than the median score of class admitted to Stanford (where I plan to apply)
- I have plenty of time to retake (applying next fall)
- I think that benefits of a high GMAT score extend beyond increasing the chance of admission. They also help in obtaining a scholarship, finding a job upon graduation, etc.Reasons against retake:
- Balanced score (both sections above 80 percentile)
- Risk that adcom will think that I don't set priorities right
I'd appreciate your feedback.