Thanks pkatz and Vivek. I am only applying to one local part time program, so hopefully my score can carry me through.
pkatz, good luck for your apps.
Vivek, good luck for your preps. Remember that a calm composure is extremely important to achieve your full potential in test.
I would take it again. I have an engineering background, but I was also surprised by my score on the quant section the first time I took the test as a CAT (previous, I had never scored below 99% on any Q test from PSAT on up). Like you, I didn't take it seriously and barely studied for it. I practiced for about 6 weeks, then took it again and got a 51.
More importantly, you seem lilke you have a lot of space to improve your V side. On the GMAT, the total is "greater than the sum of the parts", i.e., if you get 90% on V and 90% on Q, that will translate to about a 98% total (around a 740).
Being that you are in the vicinity of two elite programs, i don't see why you shouldn't invest a llittle time to see what you can get.
JMHO. Best of luck whatever you do.
Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep
Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT
MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005
MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993