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Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice!

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Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice! [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 10:54
Hey all,

I took the GMAT for the second time about a year ago and scored a 700, with 43 verbal (95%) and 42 quant (67%). I was pretty surprised that my quant didn't improve, realtive to the first test, where I scored a 650 and had a 69% quant (same raw score, though). My undergrad was in Economics from a Private Top 20 and I had a ton of quant-heavy courses, of which I earned a mixture of Bs and As with a couple bad ones here and there, so will this low quant score hurt me? I think I proved that I can handle the quant requirements with my undergrad courses but I'm really not sure.

To be honest, the thought of studying for the GMAT again is daunting and frankly, I don't know how well I'd do again considering it's been over a year since I've looked at the material. I've been working on my extracurriculars a lot to balance out some stuff though. I'm also interested in getting into finance post-MBA, so I'm worrried about that as well...Anyone have any advice?
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Re: Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice! [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 11:11
Are you planning on applying to start school this fall or in fall 2012? If you're looking at R3 deadlines for this year, it's probably too late to make huge improvements. If you're looking forward to the next go-round of R1 and R2 deadlines, I would recommend studying some more over the next 3-4 months then taking a summer GMAT to set you up for applying in the fall.

I was in a somewhat similar situation to yours--when I took the GMAT in late August my Q46 (75%) was significantly lower than I expected based on my MGMAT exams, which led me to believe I'd made some dumb mistakes that I could have fixed on a second GMAT. Based on the advice I got from several Haas and Stanford students, I decided not to take it again and instead put my time into my essays for R1 deadlines. I got a little worried when the adcom member at a Haas info session said they preferred students with at least 80% on quant, so I guess the fact that I got good grades in my undergrad quant courses (calculus, stat, engineering, physics, chem, etc.) was enough to prove to them I could handle quant material.

Then again it all depends on what schools you're looking at. A 700 may be perfectly fine if you want to go to a top 20 as opposed to a top 10 school, or if the rest of your profile is very strong.
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Joined: 03 Jun 2010
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Schools: Ross '15 (M)
GMAT 1: 700 Q43 V42
GPA: 3.3
WE: Consulting (Consulting)
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Kudos [?]: 58 [0], given: 37

Re: Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice! [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 11:20
I should have mentioned that I'm going to apply in the fall. Round 3 is too big of a crapshoot for my liking...

I'm looking realistically at applying in Round 1 to Ross, Darden, Yale SOM, McCombs, Duke and Vandy. I wish schools broke down their Middle 80% GMAT by Quant/Verbal as well in addition to aggregate score.
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Re: Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice! [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2011, 11:34
Well, then I'd say the answer would be this: if you think you can improve on your 700 (and your quant, specifically) with a few months of good studying, do it. Getting up in the 730-750 range would make you more competitive not only for admission, but also for scholarship offers from those schools.
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Re: Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice! [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2011, 16:49
Thanks for the responses. I really don't think I can bring myself to study again. I took the Veritas class twice (they let you take it again for free if you feel you didn't do well enough) and just didn't get over that quant hump. I really thought i was on the 730+ track but honestly, I'm pretty happy with the 700.

Is it a good idea to call attention to my low GMAT quant score in the essays and say that I had a quant background and what not?
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Re: Same ol story: High verbal, low quant. Need advice! [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2011, 20:31
EChopeful12 wrote:
Thanks for the responses. I really don't think I can bring myself to study again. I took the Veritas class twice (they let you take it again for free if you feel you didn't do well enough) and just didn't get over that quant hump. I really thought i was on the 730+ track but honestly, I'm pretty happy with the 700.

Is it a good idea to call attention to my low GMAT quant score in the essays and say that I had a quant background and what not?


Hmm, I don't really know what to say on that. Some people say you want to address any weaknesses in your profile along with anything that would help mitigate them, but I'm not sure if drawing attention to them is always a good idea. I got a little lucky with Haas--they had a short answer question which specifically asked what I had done to demonstrate quant proficiency and what steps I'd taken to strengthen myself in that area. So that's where I talked about all the undergrad courses I took and the fact that I enrolled in mbamath.com to refresh my skills. I didn't specifically mention my GMAT score though. The HBS application also had a question about what I would like the AdCom to know about my undergrad experience, so that's where I talked about all the quant courses I took even though I was a history major. If you have opportunities like those in your applications I'd say that would be the way to go, rather than to explicitly say "I got a low Q on my GMAT but it's ok because I have done quant work in the past."
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