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Retake GMAT? Advice please! [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 19:31
Just took the GMAT and didn't score what I would have liked. I got a 610 (44Q, 32V). Should I retake it? It's a little bit above the average to some of the programs I am applying to, but below the average to other programs I am applying to. I'm applying to ...

- USC (Average: 650)
- Boston College (Average: 670)
- San Diego State (Average: 600)
- Baruch College (Average 590)

What do you guys think? Retake it and still meet the early deadlines for most of them (except Boston College) or just apply with that score? Top choices are probably USC and Baruch.

Here's a little bit more about my stats/profile:

Undergrad GPA: 3.5
Accounting GPA: 3.6
GMAT: 610 (44Q, 32V)
Work Experience: 2.5yrs part-time at IT organization; Internship with small/mid-sized CPA firm this winter; VITA program (2 years); Accounting internship with Biotech company
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Re: Retake GMAT? Advice please! [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 11:53
ShadesofGrey wrote:
Just took the GMAT and didn't score what I would have liked. I got a 610 (44Q, 32V). Should I retake it? It's a little bit above the average to some of the programs I am applying to, but below the average to other programs I am applying to. I'm applying to ...

- USC (Average: 650)
- Boston College (Average: 670)
- San Diego State (Average: 600)
- Baruch College (Average 590)

What do you guys think? Retake it and still meet the early deadlines for most of them (except Boston College) or just apply with that score? Top choices are probably USC and Baruch.

Here's a little bit more about my stats/profile:

Undergrad GPA: 3.5
Accounting GPA: 3.6
GMAT: 610 (44Q, 32V)
Work Experience: 2.5yrs part-time at IT organization; Internship with small/mid-sized CPA firm this winter; VITA program (2 years); Accounting internship with Biotech company



Current USC MAcc student here.

Your GMAT can certainly get you into the school. There are some here with scores in the mid 500s, however it may impact your scholarship. Most of the people I know who got substantial money got at least mid 600's. I think with the rest of your resume, it won't be an issue of getting in as long as your interview and write decently, but your financial aid package will probably be hindered by your GMAT.
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Re: Retake GMAT? Advice please! [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 12:33
Form what I have read on here, if you consistently scored much better on your practice gmats (50pts or so) then take it again. If not and you really studied hard to get to 610, then focus your energy on writing good essays and the application.

But agree with above poster, if you are looking for scholarship money, prob should retake. Your background is solid tho, keep working at it.
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Re: Retake GMAT? Advice please! [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2011, 18:52
@Mrex: Definitely nice to hear that I at least stand a chance of getting in. Do you know what the average scholarship package was for those who scored mid-600s and above?

@Dbalks: I believe the testing environment affected my performance. Toward the end of my GMAT studying, I was consistently scoring in the upper 600s and low 700s on the practice tests (including the official practice tests).

Thanks for the input both of you! I will definitely consider retaking the GMATs next month.
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Re: Retake GMAT? Advice please! [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2011, 10:56
You should retake the GMAT if you're set on attending USC and BC. They may accept people with lower GMAT's but this sounds like the exception rather than the rule.
Re: Retake GMAT? Advice please!   [#permalink] 19 Nov 2011, 10:56
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