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Seriously Worried, Unbalanced score top tier MBAs [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 12:24
Hello everyone,

First of all this is a great forum, thank to all the contributors!

Few days ago (after a serious amount of stress) I finally took the GMAT and with enough surprise I achieved a fairly good score:

700 (Q42 59th V44 97th)

First of all I am very happy I took the GMAT previously to get into a Msc (nearly 5y ago) and got a 580 that was cause of a bit of depression (thats why I did not retake it). On my first attempt verbal went really bad (29) and thats why, when I decided to retake it, I mostly focused in improving my verbal score.

I am quite happy now and planning to apply to a top tier school (HBS / STAN and even Columbia) however I am quite worried about my low quant (42 is like 59th percentile).
I have an Italian Bsc in Law and Economics with 3.9+ gpa and solid scores (A or A+) in math, microecon, macroecon, finance and accounting. I have a Msc in Stretegic Management between France and Germany (with some time spent in England and Argentina). I am a former semiprofessional rugby player and I speak professionally 3 languages + 2 on a casual conversation level.
I am currently working in a top tier consulting firm that yearly send at least 6 candidates each to HBS and Columbia (Not familiar with figures from other uni). I am planning to get recommendation from a client (CEO), Senior Partner and possibly my Math professor during my Bsc (Italian luminar that teaches in Ivy league UNIs as well)

At first I thought that my profile was solid enough to achieve my target schools however reading this forums I started to sadly realize that my supposed "excellent 700 GMAT" score is not that good as it is "Unbalanced" :shock: .

I see two option sin front of me:

1) Retake it - which I really dont want, as I have a clean 700 with my old 580 expired, preparing it was really stressing, the test is changing soon and I am honestly proud of my 97th percentile verbal as a non native english speaker

2) Back up my application with quantitative stuff, Bsc subjects records, highlight quantitative intensive project I took part in and the recommendation from the Bsc math prof

What do you think?

PS I admit that the Q score could be improved by a couple of points ( i kinda panicked during the quant part, however would really a 65 or 70 percentile change that much?)
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Re: Seriously Worried, Unbalanced score top tier MBAs [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2012, 19:57
Ideally both should be above 80%.

If your quant score was in the 70s given your background (you have enough of an analytical background), most adcoms would probably be more willing to overlook it (but feeling that it ideally should be 80%+).

But since your quant is that low, it will be enough of a concern to be a handicap.

Whether you retake the GMAT or not is really a judgment call on your part -- it comes down to how confident you can boost that quant (again you can afford to have a lower verbal so long as it's above 80%, if it means boosting your quant).

It's a tough call because you said that you might be able to boost it to 65-70. If you do retake it and you score around there, it will only give adcoms more concerns about your quant (because they now have two low-ish scores). With just one low score, there is the possibility of it being "just a bad test day".

If you feel you have a shot at 80% (or even 75%), consider retaking it. If you feel you can't reach that level, then keep your current score. Either way, it's going to be a roll of the dice on your part.

I know that doesn't put you at ease, but it's unfortunately the reality of the situation.
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