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Retake GMAT? [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2014, 13:02
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White, male, 27
5 years in the US Army with significant leadership and international experience
3.7 GPA (liberal arts degree from a non-Ivy league)
Great extra-curriculars and internships

690 GMAT (48Q/37V)

Do I need to retake the GMAT to be competitive for a top 5 program? Or does a 690 (with almost an 80/80 split) put me in the ball park?

Thanks for the help!
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Re: Retake GMAT? [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 05:44
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Basic profile info:

White, male, 27
5 years in the US Army with significant leadership and international experience
3.7 GPA (liberal arts degree from a non-Ivy league)
Great extra-curriculars and internships

690 GMAT (48Q/37V)

Do I need to retake the GMAT to be competitive for a top 5 program? Or does a 690 (with almost an 80/80 split) put me in the ball park?

Thanks for the help!


Tough call here. Do you NEED to retake the GMAT? No. Great GPA. Five years in the army. Awesomeness.
COULD you improve your candidacy???
That's another question altogether.

My questions would be rather:
1. How many times have you retaken?
2. What have you been testing?
3. What would you honestly evaluate your potential high GMAT score as?
4. How 'costly' in terms of time and effort would an increase of 30 points cost you?

You have the time, so depending on your answers, it might be worth it to give it another shot.

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Re: Retake GMAT? [#permalink] New post 12 Mar 2014, 12:26
Thanks for the feedback!

1) This is my first GMAT attempt.
2) My last two (GMAC) practice tests were 690 (43Q/41V) and 710 (44Q/42V). So, my overall score isn't a shock, but if you notice, my quant on my actual GMAT jumped 4 points and my verbal dropped 5 points.

Can I improve my verbal score? Yes.
Can I improve (or even replicate) my quant? I'm not as confident.

So, in response to your questions, I'd ask: if I retake and get a similar score (or even a slightly worse score) how much does that hurt me vs just keeping what I have? Do Adcoms just take the best score or do they try to analyze multiple attempts?
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Thanks for the feedback!

1) This is my first GMAT attempt.
2) My last two (GMAC) practice tests were 690 (43Q/41V) and 710 (44Q/42V). So, my overall score isn't a shock, but if you notice, my quant on my actual GMAT jumped 4 points and my verbal dropped 5 points.

Can I improve my verbal score? Yes.
Can I improve (or even replicate) my quant? I'm not as confident.

So, in response to your questions, I'd ask: if I retake and get a similar score (or even a slightly worse score) how much does that hurt me vs just keeping what I have? Do Adcoms just take the best score or do they try to analyze multiple attempts?


Well that's the beauty. It's a relatively risk-free operation. If you get about the same score or less, it doesn't hurt you at all, but if you get higher, it does. So if you have 20-30 points more on the GMAT it will help. GMAT averages are on their way up for Top 10s, and in the last years have gone above 720 (although they used be around the 700s). So the score becomes more and more important.
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