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720...Q47 / V41

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New post 02 Jun 2012, 09:33
Just got home from my first attempt at the GMAT!

720 - 94%
Q47 - 76%
V41 - 92%

I used MGMAT. The MGMAT books were awesome. I did all of the math books over the last 2 months. No studying for verbal outside of the CAT practice tests. I found the MGMAT CAT tests very difficult and didn't score above 600 in them. My GMAT Prep scores were: 760 Q50 V44 (before any studying), 770 (test 2 after studying), 780 Q49 V45 (re-took GMATPrep 1 last night).

The quant score is lower than in my GMATPrep tests. When I first saw the 720 I did a fist pump and a big sigh of relief. But then of course I hit that ever-so-dangerous "Google" link on my phone back out in my car and started looking at what it means to have a Q47 (76%).

Now I'm unsure if I want to re-take it to try and luckbox into a higher Quant score, or take my $250 set aside to re-register and go to Atlantic City to celebrate. If it had been one notch higher I'd be bouncing off the walls...but 76% combined with a 3.5 undergrad GPA and not much in the way of current extra-curriculars sounds like it might be a ball-buster.

I haven't even considered applying to B Schools, not really a goal in mind (ie, i could decide in a month to apply, or not till next year). Think I am better off trying to add some extra-curricular activities, or re-take the exam?

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GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40
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New post 02 Jun 2012, 12:53
Hey there, congrats on the 720! Just as an FYI, the 720 you rcvd for the Q47 V41 is actually on the high end of those scaled scores. I've seen 710s and 700s with that combination, so that should make you very happy. Also, a Q47 is quite strong. If you think about it, the only scaled scores higher are Q48, 49, 50, 51, and MAYBE a 52, so it can be VERY challenging to improve quants once you hit that range. Your score is strong enough that it will not preclude you from applying to any school in the world. Unless you were scoring 30 points higher consistently in GMAT prep or practice tests, I would not consider a retake. Also, read this post on retakes to help you decide: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html?fl=menu

It might be time to spend you time and resources improving your application! Instead of studying for the GMAT, work on gaining some extra cur. experience. Good luck to you!

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Re: 720...Q47 / V41   [#permalink] 02 Jun 2012, 12:53
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