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I recently decided to apply for business school instead of graduate school, and I'm stuck in a dilemma here with my GMAT score. I took the GMAT last week after 2 weeks of studying (with 80% of the efforts going into Verbal) and got a 750 (98%ile) with a 47/47 split right now the middle. However, the 47Q only got me a 70%ile. I'm only applying to Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton-Lauder (MBA/MA), and due to certain circumstances I must apply in round 1. Having said that, the latest I can retake is probably the last week of August, which gives me about 3 weeks to focus my efforts on Quant if I decide to retake. I'll only be using online resources and 5 practice exams that I haven't done yet.
Here's some other information that some might find useful to consider: - 3.81 GPA from Stony Brook University, double-major in Biochemistry, Psychology, minor in Philosophy. Unfortunately, practically no math classes since I was placed out with AP scores. - 3 years work experience, but none that involved doing things with numbers.
My biggest concern stems from reading that Wharton wants to see quantitative abilities from either undergrad coursework, GMAT, or work experience, and right now I have none of the three. I'm not sure if Harvard and Stanford pay equal attention to this, but I'd prefer to err on the side of caution.
You have a great score. I agree that Q47 is not ideal, but I don't know if re-taking is the best choice for you. Your choice ultimately rests on your answer to this question: Was the V47 a fluke, or is that truly your level? I'm not doubting you, but I'm just saying that if your Q goes up to 49, but your V falls to, say, 42, you're you-know-what outta luck. On the other hand, if you are fairly certain that V45+ is attainable for you on a re-take, go right ahead!
The crux of the matter is this: nobody wants to get a lower score the second time around, and a 750 retake may trigger "weirdo" red flags in the mind of the adcom (after all, 99.99% of people would gladly take the 750 and run).
In short - if you feel that your V performance can and will be repeated on the retake, go for it. If there's any doubt in your mind, stay away and focus on the rest of your apps.
I hope it helps. Either way, you sound smart and self-aware, so I'm sure you'll do well for yourself. Best of luck!
Re: To retake or not...?
04 Aug 2013, 18:04