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# Strong verbal, weak quantitative

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04 Oct 2008, 15:20
I just took the GMAT and scored a 680 and I am fairly pleased. However, while my verbal score was in the 99 percentile, my quantitative was in the 51 percentile. The scaled scores were 47 and 37 respectively. I do not profess to be a closet math genius, but I know my actual ability in math is better than this. I did poorly on pacing, however, and was forced to guess on the last 12 questions or so.

Although my score is relatively good, I'm afraid that with such a poor quantitative score I won't reap the benefits I should with a 680.

Is a retake warranted or is it possible to take this score and run with it? I've contemplated taking some math classes to otherwise demonstrate my proficiency. Any thoughts are appreciated.

Also, I graduated Magna Cum Laude in Linguistics and have been working for 2 years.
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04 Oct 2008, 19:00
Hi there,

Have you purchased the GMAT club challenge questions yet? From the reviews on this board they are very helpful and can bring up your quant pretty good. There are 25 math test and cost about \$79. If you have about 200+ post you get free access. Here is a link on more information. http://gmatclub.com/wiki/Tests

If you got more question don't hesitate to ask .

Here are some links to the quant forums.

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14 Oct 2008, 20:42
I would definitely retake the exam. Get the Manhattan GMAT guides and go through to learn all the concepts that are covered. Then purchase the GMAT CLUB Challenges - these will be hard and will make the real thing seem much easier. Then use GMAT Prep to work on your pacing. Your verbal is very good and if you improve your math to 45+ you will be golden and probably have a 740+.

47Q is now 79th percentile
48Q is 84th

I think you should try to get to at least the 70th percentile or so in math.
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15 Oct 2008, 05:38
I had a similar problem. My first time around, I got a 680 too - 95th and 57th percentiles, respectively, for verbal and quant. I was quickly convinced that brushing up that quant score was crucial, and after I scored a 750 on the GRE math portion, I decided it was feasible. Just study math for a month. Do a shitload of problem sets, timed sets and so forth. I brought my quant up to a 70th percentile - no Indian IT engineer, perhaps, but certainly more respectable.
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