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# 730, but low quant

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15 Dec 2010, 13:27
Hi,

So I took my first GMAT on Monday and am slightly dissappointed with the result. I got 730 (I forget the specifc Q/V scores but know I was in 97th percentile for verbal and 77% for quant, 6 on AWA). I got two 760's and a 750 on my kaplan practice tests, so was naturally slightly dissapointed by the 730. Also, my undergrad coursework was pretty maths intensive, and I did very well on all my quant subjects, so I feel like I should be in a higher bracket in terms of quant.

Anyhow, I am wondering wether I should retake the GMAT and try to boost my quant score.

I really want to have a fantastic GMAT because I work for the family business (small commodity trading firm) and not one of these McKinsey/GS feeder blue chips. I feel like I have to prove that my decision to come work for the family was not a cop out (which it wasn't! I've always only wanted to work for the family business).

Anyhow, my profile is as follows:

Post MBA goals:
- build a freight and commodities derivatives department so as to have the internal risk mgmt necessary to take riskier/more lucrative positions and so as to eventually offer risk mgmt services to third parties
- enter the oil market
- establish the first foreign office

GMAT: 730 (97th percentile V / 77% percentile Q / 6 awa)

Undergrad: 3.8 from a top 12 large private university (US News and World); although it is top 6 in econ. Majored in economics. Was selected for the econ honours program and won an award for my thesis. Completed a year abroad at London School of Economics.

Work Experience: by the time I matriculate, I will have 3 years of experience. 1 year as a paper-pushing clerk in the documentation and logistics/traffic department, and two years as a junior trader (physical commodities).
have also completed internships in commodity trading and investment banking in madrid, paris and london throughout undergrad years

Extracurricular: Compete at a regional level in martial arts.

Nationality: international/latin america

other qualifications: Am currently working towards becoming a chartered shipbroker. its kind of like the CFA for maritime transportation professionals. It should be compelted by the time I matriculate.

Languages: Spanish, English, French; all fluent

Anyhow, should I spend time trying to get a better quant score (which I KNOW I can do, since I did very well in advanced undergrad maths courses) or should I concentrate on the shipbroking exams/work/enjoying life?

I am dead set on HBS, so want to have as good a profile as I possibly can. I don't want there to be doubts regarding my mathematical abilities...

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15 Dec 2010, 13:31
Anyhow, yeah please review my profile, help me identify weaknesses, and maybe suggest some schools?

many thanks....
Re: 730, but low quant   [#permalink] 15 Dec 2010, 13:31
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