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710 (Q46, V42) GMAT - Should I retake it?

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Hi everyone,

Just took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). Despite working in a pretty quantitative job, I just could not conquer the quant section. Pretty disappointed with it because I got a 730 on my last GMAT Prep practice exam (I know it is not a perfect indicator, but had high hopes). As I debrief, I keep wondering - should I retake it? Here are some more things about me without revealing too much information for privacy reasons:

Undergraduate School: Top 5 undergrad business school (Wharton/Ross/MIT/NYU/Berkeley)
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00
1st job: Investment Banking Analyst at a Bulge Bracket Bank
2nd job: Private Equity Associate at a Middle Market Private Equity Fund
Highlights:
- lots of managers/more senior individuals from my bank had gone to the top two business schools I am aiming to get admission to, and have offered to write recommendation letters
- strong extracurriculars during undergrad

Dream Schools:
1) Booth (UChicago)
2) Kellogg (Northwestern)
3) Wharton (Penn)
4) Harvard
5) Ross (Michigan)
6) Mendoza (Notre Dame)

Overall, is a 710 on the GMAT, in conjunction with the rest of my application, enough to get me into the 6 listed schools?

Thank you for all of the help!
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Hello carsonel

Even though your GMAT is slightly lower than the average of the shortlisted schools, I will recommend you to re-take only if you are 100% confident of taking the score up by minimum of 30 points.
Otherwise, looking at your past school and scores, I'll say spend time on building a strong written application that brings out the business impact of your work and key achievements (which are missing in your post to give a deeper feedback)
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carsonel wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). Despite working in a pretty quantitative job, I just could not conquer the quant section. Pretty disappointed with it because I got a 730 on my last GMAT Prep practice exam (I know it is not a perfect indicator, but had high hopes). As I debrief, I keep wondering - should I retake it? Here are some more things about me without revealing too much information for privacy reasons:

Undergraduate School: Top 5 undergrad business school (Wharton/Ross/MIT/NYU/Berkeley)
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00
1st job: Investment Banking Analyst at a Bulge Bracket Bank
2nd job: Private Equity Associate at a Middle Market Private Equity Fund
Highlights:
- lots of managers/more senior individuals from my bank had gone to the top two business schools I am aiming to get admission to, and have offered to write recommendation letters
- strong extracurriculars during undergrad

Dream Schools:
1) Booth (UChicago)
2) Kellogg (Northwestern)
3) Wharton (Penn)
4) Harvard
5) Ross (Michigan)
6) Mendoza (Notre Dame)

Overall, is a 710 on the GMAT, in conjunction with the rest of my application, enough to get me into the 6 listed schools?

Thank you for all of the help!

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carsonel wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). Despite working in a pretty quantitative job, I just could not conquer the quant section. Pretty disappointed with it because I got a 730 on my last GMAT Prep practice exam (I know it is not a perfect indicator, but had high hopes). As I debrief, I keep wondering - should I retake it? Here are some more things about me without revealing too much information for privacy reasons:

Undergraduate School: Top 5 undergrad business school (Wharton/Ross/MIT/NYU/Berkeley)
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00
1st job: Investment Banking Analyst at a Bulge Bracket Bank
2nd job: Private Equity Associate at a Middle Market Private Equity Fund
Highlights:
- lots of managers/more senior individuals from my bank had gone to the top two business schools I am aiming to get admission to, and have offered to write recommendation letters
- strong extracurriculars during undergrad

Dream Schools:
1) Booth (UChicago)
2) Kellogg (Northwestern)
3) Wharton (Penn)
4) Harvard
5) Ross (Michigan)
6) Mendoza (Notre Dame)

Overall, is a 710 on the GMAT, in conjunction with the rest of my application, enough to get me into the 6 listed schools?

Thank you for all of the help!


Not a professional for sure, but I dont think your Gmat score is fine when it goes along with your profile. However, If it is your first attempt, I think you can retake (in case you feel you can do better - figuring out from mock test + have time to invest in studying more for Gmat). If I were you, I might just go ahead :lol: :lol:
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carsonel wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). Despite working in a pretty quantitative job, I just could not conquer the quant section. Pretty disappointed with it because I got a 730 on my last GMAT Prep practice exam (I know it is not a perfect indicator, but had high hopes). As I debrief, I keep wondering - should I retake it? Here are some more things about me without revealing too much information for privacy reasons:

Undergraduate School: Top 5 undergrad business school (Wharton/Ross/MIT/NYU/Berkeley)
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00
1st job: Investment Banking Analyst at a Bulge Bracket Bank
2nd job: Private Equity Associate at a Middle Market Private Equity Fund
Highlights:
- lots of managers/more senior individuals from my bank had gone to the top two business schools I am aiming to get admission to, and have offered to write recommendation letters
- strong extracurriculars during undergrad

Dream Schools:
1) Booth (UChicago)
2) Kellogg (Northwestern)
3) Wharton (Penn)
4) Harvard
5) Ross (Michigan)
6) Mendoza (Notre Dame)

Overall, is a 710 on the GMAT, in conjunction with the rest of my application, enough to get me into the 6 listed schools?

Thank you for all of the help!


I'd retake it. 720 is the new 700. Sounds like you can definitely improve (esp. Quant).
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carsonel wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). Despite working in a pretty quantitative job, I just could not conquer the quant section. Pretty disappointed with it because I got a 730 on my last GMAT Prep practice exam (I know it is not a perfect indicator, but had high hopes). As I debrief, I keep wondering - should I retake it? Here are some more things about me without revealing too much information for privacy reasons:

Undergraduate School: Top 5 undergrad business school (Wharton/Ross/MIT/NYU/Berkeley)
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00
1st job: Investment Banking Analyst at a Bulge Bracket Bank
2nd job: Private Equity Associate at a Middle Market Private Equity Fund
Highlights:
- lots of managers/more senior individuals from my bank had gone to the top two business schools I am aiming to get admission to, and have offered to write recommendation letters
- strong extracurriculars during undergrad

Dream Schools:
1) Booth (UChicago)
2) Kellogg (Northwestern)
3) Wharton (Penn)
4) Harvard
5) Ross (Michigan)
6) Mendoza (Notre Dame)

Overall, is a 710 on the GMAT, in conjunction with the rest of my application, enough to get me into the 6 listed schools?

Thank you for all of the help!


It sounds to me like there is room for improvement in your case, due to that prep practice exam, so I would retake just for that, as I do think it is important to give this process all you’ve got in order to not regret anything afterwards, and I am not fully convinced you have done that yet.

That said, I do think your profile has potential to get you an admit even if you do decide not to retake, if your applications are top notch.

Could I just ask why you’ve chosen those schools listed? That could play a part, too, at least for your top choices.
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carsonel wrote:
Hi everyone,

Just took the GMAT today and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). Despite working in a pretty quantitative job, I just could not conquer the quant section. Pretty disappointed with it because I got a 730 on my last GMAT Prep practice exam (I know it is not a perfect indicator, but had high hopes). As I debrief, I keep wondering - should I retake it? Here are some more things about me without revealing too much information for privacy reasons:

Undergraduate School: Top 5 undergrad business school (Wharton/Ross/MIT/NYU/Berkeley)
Undergrad GPA: 3.93/4.00
1st job: Investment Banking Analyst at a Bulge Bracket Bank
2nd job: Private Equity Associate at a Middle Market Private Equity Fund
Highlights:
- lots of managers/more senior individuals from my bank had gone to the top two business schools I am aiming to get admission to, and have offered to write recommendation letters
- strong extracurriculars during undergrad

Dream Schools:
1) Booth (UChicago)
2) Kellogg (Northwestern)
3) Wharton (Penn)
4) Harvard
5) Ross (Michigan)
6) Mendoza (Notre Dame)

Overall, is a 710 on the GMAT, in conjunction with the rest of my application, enough to get me into the 6 listed schools?

Thank you for all of the help!


Hi carsonel,

There is definitely a not working for you even with the current GMAT score :-) However, considering this was your first take and the schools you are targetting, we recommend a retake. We are confident you will be able to boost your score :-)

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