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Retake the GMAT (690) - do I even have a chance at B-school?

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Retake the GMAT (690) - do I even have a chance at B-school? [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2013, 17:07
Just finished my GMAT and got a 690..... and not just a regular 690 - the most lopsided 690 you've ever seen:


Quant:
41
52 percentile :oops:

Verbal:
44
98 percentile 8-)


My undergraduate GPA is pretty dismal: 2.9 from the University of Washington.
However, this is mostly because I started majoring in Bioengineering and bombed every math and science class I took. Once I was in my major (another sort of engineering related field but more about communication and usability) I was fine. I had a 3.6 in my major classes. Oh yea... wow do I have some BAD grades in my Calculus classes - and calculus was the only type of math I took in college (unless you count an intro, humanities major, stat class that I did fine in)

I want to go to UCLA more than anything. The school feels like my soul mate - I can easily list half a dozen reasons as to why I prefer UCLA over any other school. I know it's a heavy finance school - which doesn't bode well for my dismal math abilities - but my biggest interest is in marketing which ties back very nicely to my undergraduate degree.

Second choice is UC Irvine. I would maybe consider the UW again, but I really want to move down to California to be closer to family. Plus, I think I'll be more rounded with an education from two different schools.

Two questions:

1) Should I retake the GMAT? In the prep software, I got a 710 and a 720. But would a 720 make that big of a difference to my application?
2) In aiming for UCLA, am I like that kid in high school with a 2.0 who wants to go to Harvard? Do I have a chance with my 2.9 and 690? I have a somewhat compelling story to tell about my upbringing/education and I did well in my major but I can't shirk the feeling that I'm throwing my time and money away.


Until I have school loans and all that fun stuff, every $250 is eating in to my already very tight budget.
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Re: Retake the GMAT (690) - do I even have a chance at B-school? [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2013, 11:26
I got accepted into Tepper in 2012 with a 610. Tepper is pretty well known for its quantitative demands. I got accepted with a Q37 (or 46%tile). I aced the essays and had a good interview. I should say, I was waitlisted first, but the acceptance did come through.

I chose not to go, and instead to postpone my applications for this year.

Don't discount yourself so quickly. Of course, a higher Q score will definitely help, but if you can squeeze in some transcript builders (like an online Extension class at UCLA (ace it of course)), put together a strong package, and really let your passion for the school shine through, you may be able to do it.
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Re: Retake the GMAT (690) - do I even have a chance at B-school? [#permalink] New post 17 Sep 2013, 08:16
Thanks for the reply - you make me feel a little encouraged. Unfortunately, I don't think I have time to fit a math class in before the application deadlines (not to mention working full time.) If I don't get in this year, I'll plan on taking a math class.


I'm feeling a little more motivated - I got my other scores today and got a 5 on the AWA and 8 on IR. So it looks like I did well everywhere except for math. Now I'm really not wanting to retake the GMAT for fear that a slightly higher math score will mean the reduction of my awesome IR and verbal scores.
Re: Retake the GMAT (690) - do I even have a chance at B-school?   [#permalink] 17 Sep 2013, 08:16
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