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Scored 730 but IR only 4 (36 percentile) [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 04:24
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I am a final year student from an elite technical school in India. I gave the GMAT for the first time a few days ago. Gmatclub was a great help and I did most of my preparation from materials sourced from here. (Thank you Bunuel!)
My score is 730 (Q48 - 76 %, V41 - 91%, AWA 6.0) but I bombed my IR section with a 4 (37%). I dont think my IR score is a true reflection of my ability. Should I retake GMAT to improve this score?

I wanted to apply to a few Masters in Finance programs including a few quantitatively oriented ones. Is my low quant and IR score an area of weakness for these programs?
The schools I am applying to are HEC Paris, Oxford Said, EISTI, Princeton, Haas. I will be really glad if someone who knows about this helps me out.
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Re: Scored 730 but IR only 4 (36 percentile) [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 19:33
Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. MSF programs care about your GMAT score and your ability to speak the native language (TOFEL). The IR portion is pretty new also.

I'd have to know the rest of your profile, but assuming your TOFEL is up to snuff and you have a good enough GPA you should get into some or all of the schools you listed.

Differentiate yourself through EC's and volunteer work. Your essays are a good way to stand out also. Spend time working on the soft skills as it looks like you already have the scores you'd need to get into an MSF program.
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Re: Scored 730 but IR only 4 (36 percentile) [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 19:47
MSFHQ wrote:
Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. MSF programs care about your GMAT score and your ability to speak the native language (TOFEL). The IR portion is pretty new also.

I'd have to know the rest of your profile, but assuming your TOFEL is up to snuff and you have a good enough GPA you should get into some or all of the schools you listed.

Differentiate yourself through EC's and volunteer work. Your essays are a good way to stand out also. Spend time working on the soft skills as it looks like you already have the scores you'd need to get into an MSF program.


Thank you for the reply, MSFHQ. While I think I can manage with this score in generalist finance programs, I may be at a disadvantage in quant programs. What do you think? I think my TOEFL is going to be decent.

My profile:
1. Bachelors and Masters in Industrial Engineering: GPA 8.2/10 (Topper: 8.8) It converts to 3.2+ I think.
2. CFA Level I cleared.
3. Two non relevant internships (a big steel producing company and an IT consulting firm) Both are strong brands, at least in India.
4.Editor of Campus newspaper, department symposium organizing experience, some volunteer experience many years ago(raising money for orphans), Quizzing, Debating and Model UN experience. I also have a blog on Finance (which is not very popular yet)
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Re: Scored 730 but IR only 4 (36 percentile) [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 19:55
I mean I suppose. You say you are going to an elite technical school in Indian and I am going to assume you are studying engineering of some sorts. That is going to hold more sway than the GMAT which is essentially high school algebra asked in an awkward way. If you GPA is strong you should have no problem getting admitted to many of the schools listed. Of course every year changes and applications vary.
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Re: Scored 730 but IR only 4 (36 percentile) [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2013, 20:06
MSFHQ wrote:
I mean I suppose. You say you are going to an elite technical school in Indian and I am going to assume you are studying engineering of some sorts. That is going to hold more sway than the GMAT which is essentially high school algebra asked in an awkward way. If you GPA is strong you should have no problem getting admitted to many of the schools listed. Of course every year changes and applications vary.


Thank you for clearing that out. It was what I suspected as well :)
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