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# 700 on 1st GMAT... should I retake?

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13 Feb 2018, 13:09
Hey everyone, I've just finished my first GMAT and am happy to say I've managed to score a 700. I put together a rigorous study plan of Manhattan Prep + OG for 10 weeks at 15 hours/week, so I think it's fair to say I've plateaued in the realm of individual studying. My later practice tests ranged from 660-720, so I expected a score in this range. My question is: is it a good use of my time to take one more test? I've provided additional details below

-46 Quant, 40 Verbal
-I'm applying to NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, UChicago, and Harvard in round 1. Will consider "safe schools" in round 2
-I'm in a decently reputable program called "GE's Financial Management Program (FMP)"... this consists of diverse roles in FP&A, Commercial Finance, Internal M&A, Supply Chain and a few additional odds & ends. I will also be an expatriate in the UK for 6 months before I submit my application as well
-My leadership experience at work is notable; 6 months spent leading recruitment for the program, 6 months as President of the program
-Volunteer experience and extracurricular activities are decent; although probably not the strongest part of my application

I'm happy to go in to more detail, but does anyone have advice or insights? I know I'm on the left side of the bell curve for my desired programs, so I would like to do whatever I can to increase my chances.

Thanks!
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14 Feb 2018, 02:12
newman123 wrote:
Hey everyone, I've just finished my first GMAT and am happy to say I've managed to score a 700. I put together a rigorous study plan of Manhattan Prep + OG for 10 weeks at 15 hours/week, so I think it's fair to say I've plateaued in the realm of individual studying. My later practice tests ranged from 660-720, so I expected a score in this range. My question is: is it a good use of my time to take one more test? I've provided additional details below

-46 Quant, 40 Verbal
-I'm applying to NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, UChicago, and Harvard in round 1. Will consider "safe schools" in round 2
-I'm in a decently reputable program called "GE's Financial Management Program (FMP)"... this consists of diverse roles in FP&A, Commercial Finance, Internal M&A, Supply Chain and a few additional odds & ends. I will also be an expatriate in the UK for 6 months before I submit my application as well
-My leadership experience at work is notable; 6 months spent leading recruitment for the program, 6 months as President of the program
-Volunteer experience and extracurricular activities are decent; although probably not the strongest part of my application

I'm happy to go in to more detail, but does anyone have advice or insights? I know I'm on the left side of the bell curve for my desired programs, so I would like to do whatever I can to increase my chances.

Thanks!

HI if i were you I'd retake and the reasons for the same are as follows -

1) V40 - that's huge and now i'll prepare myself to get at least a Q49 and take my score to 730 or more

2) Looking at the average gmat scores of the schools i'm trying to apply I'll try to be in +- 20 points of the average score

For example - Harvard - 729 avg gmat
Thus scoring a 730 will help improve my chances, No it does not guarantee a seat but it'll help

Hope this helps

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23 Feb 2018, 02:36
newman123 wrote:
Hey everyone, I've just finished my first GMAT and am happy to say I've managed to score a 700. I put together a rigorous study plan of Manhattan Prep + OG for 10 weeks at 15 hours/week, so I think it's fair to say I've plateaued in the realm of individual studying. My later practice tests ranged from 660-720, so I expected a score in this range. My question is: is it a good use of my time to take one more test? I've provided additional details below

-46 Quant, 40 Verbal
-I'm applying to NYU, Columbia, Northwestern, UChicago, and Harvard in round 1. Will consider "safe schools" in round 2
-I'm in a decently reputable program called "GE's Financial Management Program (FMP)"... this consists of diverse roles in FP&A, Commercial Finance, Internal M&A, Supply Chain and a few additional odds & ends. I will also be an expatriate in the UK for 6 months before I submit my application as well
-My leadership experience at work is notable; 6 months spent leading recruitment for the program, 6 months as President of the program
-Volunteer experience and extracurricular activities are decent; although probably not the strongest part of my application

I'm happy to go in to more detail, but does anyone have advice or insights? I know I'm on the left side of the bell curve for my desired programs, so I would like to do whatever I can to increase my chances.

Thanks!

Hi newman123,

We would definitely recommend that you retake the GMAT. The schools you are looking to apply to in the first round have a higher average GMAT score, and with a 700, you will fall slightly short. More importantly, considering you are looking to apply in R1, you still have time to prepare and boost your score. We are sure you will manage to do so!

All the best!
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27 Feb 2018, 14:25
You will def want to retake...at a minimum you should aim for 730 but depending on your profile even higher if your from an overrepresented pool. The GMAT is not the end all be all but if you're in range with your score it makes things must easier when it comes to being competitive on decision day!
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