This is something that has been in my mind for a while - not just about gmat, but GPA,essays, etc etc. but just a general question! (my wife and I used to argue about her "overtime" work after she already had aced a project). So, this is kind of an "theoretical question" that this thread reminded me of. Please take it in the spirit it is offered
Could retaking it twice with a 730 give the wrong impression to the adcom? I mean, that is a DAMN good score -above average for every MBA program.
Would adcoms be scared by someone that is so focused on getting something perfect? I mean, doesn't it play into the negative stereotypes of MBA students? There are times when perfection is necessary. However, success frequently lies in realizing that there is no *practical* advantage to improving something and moving onto other areas.
I feel like I could have improved my score by probably 20-30 points, but decided that there was no point in doing so - that my time was better spent on my essays, preparing for the interviews, researching schools, and just enjoying life so I was well-rested and on top of my game when I needed it.
In reality I am thinking we all might generally agree on this, but maybe our "line" where it is not worth pushing forward is different.
I'm curious what others think!