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Re: Should I retake a 700? Please review. [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2012, 17:44
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I'm very paranoid right now because I know the GMAT medians have been trending a lot higher recently, and my score comes in below the median at most of these schools, does anyone have any advice? thanks for your help in advance.


Here's the good news--everywhere on the blogosphere they say shoot for an 80% in both math and verbal. You did that. The other good news is that you were a math major, so they won't question your math skills.

The bad news is that it's totally understandable to be paranoid, because as you noted, medians are rising. But--and a big but it is!--I think you are totally fine, especially given the schools you are applying to. Those are top schools, but their averages are closer to 700. A score like yours gets you in the door so that they'll consider you, now it's your job in your essays and application to prove that you're a great fit for their schools.

I'd say retaking is too stressful and it'll be way more valuable to bang out amazing essays.
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Re: Should I retake a 700? Please review. [#permalink] New post 02 Aug 2012, 04:59
how many times have you taken the gmat already? if you've only taken it once, i would prbly take it again. i ordinarily don't suggest taking the gmat over and over again, but it doesn't line-up that you scored that low on the Q with a math degree from Mich. and with the way the gmat is administered, i'm wondering if it was just a couple silly mistakes that cost you significant points. just a thought. here's more on gmat if you're interested: http://www.thefirstread.com/should-i-retake-the-gmat/

your vitals lineup to the schools you're interested in for the most part. your challenge will be convincing the adcom that you can successfully go from actuarial work to CPG. that's a huge swing in careers and so what makes it plausible? will you present a career risk to the school? addressing these points will be important, given how big of a change this is. your ECs also feel light to me, but this is just a random forum, so hopefully there's more meat on the things you've done.

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