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Should I re-take GMAT after a 710 (47Q, 39V), but low GPA?

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Should I re-take GMAT after a 710 (47Q, 39V), but low GPA? [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 16:04
Hi all, wanted to get your thoughts on re-taking the GMAT considering my overall experience and profile. I realize a 710 is a solid score, but I do feel I need to make up for my low undergrad GPA (<3.0 but in engineering at top 10 U.S. university).

I studied for 6 weeks using MGMAT/GMATPrep/Kaplan, and was scoring in the 710-750 range in all practice tests (MGMAT/Official prep). I am planning on applying for top schools, but for their part-time programs, which I've heard is a bit easier to get into. Should I go through the effort of studying/re-taking the test, and if so, what new material can I use?

Thanks for any advice/feedback!
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Re: Should I re-take GMAT after a 710 (47Q, 39V), but low GPA? [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2013, 18:34
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Hi all, wanted to get your thoughts on re-taking the GMAT considering my overall experience and profile. I realize a 710 is a solid score, but I do feel I need to make up for my low undergrad GPA (<3.0 but in engineering at top 10 U.S. university).

I studied for 6 weeks using MGMAT/GMATPrep/Kaplan, and was scoring in the 710-750 range in all practice tests (MGMAT/Official prep). I am planning on applying for top schools, but for their part-time programs, which I've heard is a bit easier to get into. Should I go through the effort of studying/re-taking the test, and if so, what new material can I use?

Thanks for any advice/feedback!


Hi connersnow. I was in your same position, had a 2.9 and was hoping to have my GMAT help make up for that, so when I scored 700, I was happy but not thrilled. I decided to take it again and was scoring 750s on all my practice tests up until I blew the verbal on the actual test and ended up getting a 690. I was FURIOUS. Anyways, after months of studying I was done and just could not fathom taking it again.

I think you should take it again because I don't think you will do any harm unless you bomb, but seeing as 710 was the low of your range I can't imagine you would do much worse. I would do it soon though, before you lose your study mojo and whatnot.

With that said, depending on the other aspects of your application, you definitely can get beyond the adcom with a low gpa and your current GMAT score. As you can see from my profile I got into quite a few schools, no rejections, with my 700 and 2.9. I definitely had factors that allowed them to look beyond my stats though (such as really strong work experience).

Best of luck!
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Re: Should I re-take GMAT after a 710 (47Q, 39V), but low GPA? [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2013, 23:17
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Well dude, it's all a matter of where to invest your limited time and efforts. I wouldn't think about retaking again if we were in essay-writing time, but we are not. Soooo if you really do think you are able to score higher, sure go ahead retake! But once July rolls around, forget about the GMAT. A 710 is good enough to get into any school (of course you gotta have the other stuff too!) But you also need to consider what ELSE you can do to improve your profile in the meanwhile (Extra volunteer work, more missions, more leadership etc) as that might help you as much as a higher GMAT.

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