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# Worried about an unbalanced GMAT score

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24 Jul 2011, 08:54
Hi guys,

I did the GMAT yesterday, I got a Q44 and V42. According to the preliminary score I got a 710 overall. I'm happy with the score, but the concern is that the scores aren't balanced. The Q44 puts me in 66th percentile and the V42 puts me in the 96th percentile. Is this worth stressing over?

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24 Jul 2011, 09:11
There are a few factors you should consider:

Your Q44 is not an automatic rejection, but it is below par for most of the top b-schools that want to see at least 80 percentile on both section (most would agree quant is more important than verbal). Have you taken a substantial amount of math-related courses in college? Courses such as calculus, physics, engineering courses, statistics, econ, and any other math-related courses would help with your Q44. Have you been working at a corporate office where you will need to exercise your quant ability heavily? Financial modeling comes to mind as I think about this. Basically, the point here is that you want to find ways where you won't worry the adcoms regarding your quant score. Those ways can be demonstrated via college courses, as well as professional experience. Honestly though, if you don't think you can raise quant by much, or you don't think you can score as high on verbal the next time, I wouldn't really think about re-taking it. Unless you think you'd be able to hit Q48 (or more) and V40 or more, the tradeoff isn't really worth it, in my opinion.
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24 Jul 2011, 09:34
@bakfed - thanks for the feedback. I did pure maths as a first year course at college, with the actuarial science students. My top marks at school were maths and advanced maths. And I'm also working as a management consultant at the moment, which involves quite a lot of quantitative analysis.

I do think I could get a higher quant score if I did it again... I was scoring 47 pretty consistently during practice, and around 44 for the verbal section. But I'd only want to do that if it's necessary.
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24 Jul 2011, 09:40
I don't think it's absolutely "necessary", and I would only do it if it's simply to achieve a higher GMAT score, not for the sole purpose of balancing out the quant score. I think the choice is up to you now. Given your college courses and your quantative professional experience, your Q44 won't be a killer, that's for sure.
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24 Jul 2011, 09:50
@bakfed thanks so much for the feedback, it's really helpful.
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24 Jul 2011, 10:28
Hi Giles,

I feel your pain, I'm in the same boat. I got some useful responses when I stared a very similar thread a week or two ago: excellent-score-but-ridiculously-lop-sided-what-to-do-116754.html
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24 Jul 2011, 11:05
@JoelCairo Thanks for the note, there are some useful posts there. Congrats on your score by the way, a 51 in verbal is pretty darn impressive I reckon it makes sense to highlight any prior experience in dealing with numbers (like bakfed suggested) and then volunteer for any additional courses if necessary. Like you I have a slightly different background, so I'm hoping I want be compared to all the 'usual suspects' when I apply.
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