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Would retaking the GMAT Improve my chances at top B-schools?

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Would retaking the GMAT Improve my chances at top B-schools? [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2014, 14:27
I just finished taking the GMAT, scored 740 overall, with a 46Q and a 47V. Now, you may be asking, why would someone retake with a 740? Well, my target schools are Harvard, Booth, Columbia, and Wharton. I was also previously given the advice that I needed to score at least in the 80th percentile on the quant portion to be competitive at these schools. Additional information, PSU Engineering Grad GPA 3.5, currently a management consultant at a tier 2 firm in the banking industry (commercial and consumer, not Investment). 3 years of experience, I have been promoted once.

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Re: Would retaking the GMAT Improve my chances at top B-schools? [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2014, 16:47
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I normally would not recommend a retake with that score, but I understand your desire to reflect your quant ability most favorably. With a background in engineering and career experience in finance, it's unlikely they would question your quant skills, but if you think you can get a 49 on the quant, then go for it. One thing you will need to focus on is the work experience. Because you hail from a very crowded feeder industry, you will be competing against the most impressive consultants in the country, some with more experience and possibly more impressive leadership evidence. You must compare yourself against these applicants and choose to highlight areas of your profile which will be able to sway the adcoms to select you over them. Think of reasons why the perspective you offer from a second tier firm may in some ways be of superior value in the classroom vs. someone's perspective in a bulge bracket firm in tier one. If you do this, you will begin to uncover the true differentiators in your profile.
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