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# Retake the GMAT?

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20 Oct 2005, 14:24
Hello Linda,

I just took the GMAT and am not pleased with my quantitative score and am wondering if I should retake it. My overall GMAT was 690 (91%), Quantitative 41 (64%), and Verbal 44 (97%). I was graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biology (GPA 3.79), and I had course work in calculus (A), biostatistics and data analysis (B), Physics (B), and honors research (A). I have worked for four years as an analyst at an environmental consulting firm. My understanding is that having a quantitative academic and work background can mitigate a poor quant. score, but I am not sure I have enough. The schools I plan to apply to are Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UMich, and Berkeley. Given these schools, should I retest?

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20 Oct 2005, 15:47
fisch1764 wrote:
Hello Linda,

I just took the GMAT and am not pleased with my quantitative score and am wondering if I should retake it. My overall GMAT was 690 (91%), Quantitative 41 (64%), and Verbal 44 (97%). I was graduated from Brown University with a degree in Biology (GPA 3.79), and I had course work in calculus (A), biostatistics and data analysis (B), Physics (B), and honors research (A). I have worked for four years as an analyst at an environmental consulting firm. My understanding is that having a quantitative academic and work background can mitigate a poor quant. score, but I am not sure I have enough. The schools I plan to apply to are Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UMich, and Berkeley. Given these schools, should I retest?

It's hard to say. It is possible that your course work and professional experience will mitigate and allow your acceptence, but there are no guarantees. A higher quant score would remove a possible red flat. Certainly if you think you can raise your quant score and really want to have a good chance at the top schools on your list, the safest route is to retest and raise your quant score.

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21 Oct 2005, 04:17
I have a follow up question. What kind of score increase on the quantitative would merit a retest?

Thanks again for you help.
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21 Oct 2005, 12:54
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I have a follow up question. What kind of score increase on the quantitative would merit a retest?

Thanks again for you help.

Certainly if you could get the percentile over 80%, that would definitely merit an increase, even 75%. The value of the increase goes down from there.

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29 Oct 2005, 09:58
What did you end up doing and what where your reasons? I am in a very similar situation and trying to decide what is the best course of action.
Thanks Mike
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