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Third time or not ? Please advise [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 23:37
So i took the GMAT twice already
Here are my scores

680 ( Q 49 V 34)

680 (Q 45 V 38)

I know for a fact Im much better than Q 45, however Im not sure as to how it would look on my application if I took it for the third time and scored the same

I am aiming for Cornell, Yale SOM, Sloan and Haas.
Should I consider applying with the dismal 680 or should I plan on retaking the gMAT.
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Re: Third time or not ? Please advise [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 07:18
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Your answer really depends on the rest of your application profile. Do you have enough to make you "stand out" from other applicants for your target schools? A 680 is not bad and you've shown your verbal range from 34-38. Would a school consider you have the background to "contribute" to the classroom and help make their school more diverse? Have you shown career success through promotions? What is your story?

If your application profile is on the weak side, you might consider retaking but try to focus on improving both quant and verbal. The test can really go either way - just a few careless errors on math can drop your quant score. So if you do study again, you'd have to make it a comprehensive effort and be attentive on both quant and verbal. You also have a lot to lose since you scored 680 both times, you could just as easily score lower on the 3rd attempt which you do not want to do. The majority of schools take your best score but scoring below 680 on the 3rd attempt is really not necessary and a waste of your effort the third time around. So, if you do go ahead and retake, you should put in a massive effort.
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Re: Third time or not ? Please advise [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2012, 08:49
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I agree with Zeke that you should make your decision based on your overall profile. We have had customers who have gotten into top schools with 680. We have also had customers who have taken the GMAT 5 times and then have gotten into top schools. An example is the guy below who appeared for the GMAT 5 times and was accepted into ROSS (Michigan)

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