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700 score (Q46, V40) - Should I be worried?

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So I just took the Gmat this morning.
This was my second attempt.
On the first, I scored 610 (and canceled it).
I took another month to study and managed to score 700 - Q46 (60th percentile), V40 (91st percentile).
(I'll post about the entire experience later on).

To be honest, I am incredibly happy about this score. I consider it a victory, given how far I had to come to reach it (hint: I'm not that good in math).

I understand that 700 is not a stellar score to begin with, but just like a few shots of tequila before a big date, this score gives me enough "courage" to apply to Harvard or Columbia (hahaha).

What worries me is that my Quant score may be too low, specially for these top programs.

So my questions are:

* Is my verbal score good enough to offset my average-ish Quant score?

* Does the fact that I'm Brazilian, makes my Verbal score look any better ?

* Does it matter/help that I scored at the 99th percentile on Toefl (English proficiency test required to be taken by all non-native English speakers who apply)?

* Does the fact that I don't come from a quantitative background matter?
(I graduated in business management)

* And finally, being one of the few "black sheep" on a very large herd helps me or hurts me?
I'll explain. I'm a man who works at a top management consulting firm.
I understand that this is a naturally over represented pool of candidates - the "very large herd".
On the other hand, both my score and my background are quite different from my colleagues'.
More specifically, most of my peers (+85%) have an engineering or another quantitative background.
(Yes, I get the irony that a management degree makes me a minority in the management consulting industry).
Anyways, historically, these guys' quant scores have been higher than their verbal scores (waaay higher).
My case is the exact opposite. Verbal way higher than Quant.

Furthermore, to my knowledge, my verbal score is significantly above their average verbal score.
However, since they usually score 700+ as well, that also means that my Quant score is significantly lower.
Hence the black sheep analogy.

So, to sum it all up, how worried should I be?

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New post 29 Sep 2017, 12:57
Congrats! This is a great score.

If you are looking for quant driven career like financial services, management consulting, then quant might be be taken a notch higher. For other pathways, you are all set.

I suggest you to go for a retake only if you feel so and ultimate goal is to increase 2 points for verbal and quant each. As such, it should not be required.

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