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Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2005, 11:41
I wanted to apply to top 10 schools. I got a 680 on the GMAT - 70% math and 91% verbal. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon with a 2.93 but I had a triple major - Engineering, Economics, and Engineering and Public Policy. I also ran a sucessful startup company while in school. I have been working in the Auto industry for 3+ years in a rotational program at a fortune 100 company. I have also completed a Master's Degree from U of Michigan with a GPA of 3.44 while working.

I am wondering if I should retake the GMAT or concentrate on other areas that will develop my uniqueness. I am really light on the community service items so I was thinking about working on that instead. Do you think my low math score will hurt me or do you think I have demonstrated that I have adequate math skills through my undergrad and grad degree? Any tips would be nice. Thanks.
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 [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2005, 17:33
Interesting mix of majors. Schools tend to be more forgiving of engineers in terms of GPA, because they know it's much more difficult to carry a 3.5 as an engineer than as a psychology major. Plus coming from CMU, gives you a brand name bonus. Given all that, your GPA isn't as bad as it might seem. Interesting to see that you did better on the verbal than the quant. Why do you think that happened? Also what is the focus of your Masters degree?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2005, 02:50
Well during the test I experienced quant. problems that were much harder than I had prepared for and I wasn't time efficient. I could probably study for it again and do better but I am not sure if it is a sufficient use of my time and I am also not sure how schools view retaking the test? Also, I am not sure if my verbal score was a fluke or not since that score was unexpected. My Master's degree was in Mechanical Engineering. I finished a year ago. Thank you for your advice, I appreciate it!
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2005, 14:55
If I were in your shoes, I'd probably take again -- especially if I were gunning for a top ten school. It sounds like you're reasonably confident that your score would go up, which would be helpful.

Schools take applicant's top score and definitely don't look down upon applicants who take the exam more than once --as a large number of applicants do so.
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Do you think I have a shot at Michigan? I am currently a resident and work in the area. I am not sure how much that matters though? I was also thiking about the part time program as well. Any thoughts on that?
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 [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2005, 17:51
Yes you probably have a shot a Michigan. Being a resident doesn't really help you too much though. The part time program is a great way to go if you can handle both the b-school work and your professional work for a number of years. It is typically more difficult to manage a career change in a part time program however.

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