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A 710 on GMAT - Do I go for a retake?

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Hi,

I have recently taken GMAT and after 4 unsuccessful attempts to crack 700, I was finally able to do so. I finally got 710 (Q50, V38, IR 5). I am 33 yrs old and have 9 yrs of technology consulting experience in top Multinational firms and I am looking to bend my future career goals towards Management Consulting. I am targeting Fall of 2018 session and hence I am in for R2. I am interested in Full Time MBA from any of the prestigious colleges across the world. I am open for any geography (US, UK, APAC), but preferentially, I am looking at top 20 US colleges.

I am eagerly looking for earnest responses here as I feel if I couldn't break through this year in an FT-MBA course, I would have to dump my plans for a full-time MBA and look into Executive MBA course offered by colleges, as my experience is tending towards higher range of average work experience of these colleges. I don't want to do an executive MBA as I don't feel an Executive MBA would get me the right depth and breadth that I am looking to achieve from an FT-MBA course.


P.S: Since I belong to a very competitive applicant pool (~ Technology Consulting, India ), do experts feel that I should retake GMAT and better my score or is the current score along with my profile present a strong case for selection at these schools?

If at all, I am going for a retake, what is the best suggestion to get my Verbal score from V38 to V42+? As a side note, I was scoring in high 40s in verbal in my GMATPrep mocks
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TheMechanic wrote:
Hi,

I have recently taken GMAT and after 4 unsuccessful attempts to crack 700, I was finally able to do so. I finally got 710 (Q50, V38, IR 5). I am 33 yrs old and have 9 yrs of technology consulting experience in top Multinational firms and I am looking to bend my future career goals towards Management Consulting. I am targeting Fall of 2018 session and hence I am in for R2. I am interested in Full Time MBA from any of the prestigious colleges across the world. I am open for any geography (US, UK, APAC), but preferentially, I am looking at top 20 US colleges.

I am eagerly looking for earnest responses here as I feel if I couldn't break through this year in an FT-MBA course, I would have to dump my plans for a full-time MBA and look into Executive MBA course offered by colleges, as my experience is tending towards higher range of average work experience of these colleges. I don't want to do an executive MBA as I don't feel an Executive MBA would get me the right depth and breadth that I am looking to achieve from an FT-MBA course.


P.S: Since I belong to a very competitive applicant pool (~ Technology Consulting, India ), do experts feel that I should retake GMAT and better my score or is the current score along with my profile present a strong case for selection at these schools?

If at all, I am going for a retake, what is the best suggestion to get my Verbal score from V38 to V42+? As a side note, I was scoring in high 40s in verbal in my GMATPrep mocks

I guess your score is around the median for most candidates from the same applicant pool. So though it doesn't make you stand out, it probably won't be the reason for rejection.

So I guess you should be looking at your entire profile before deciding whether to invest more time and effort in GMAT. Since you have 9 years of experience, do you have at least 2-3 promotions at your workplace to show your career progression? Have you traveled and worked for overseas clients for substantial duration? Any community involvement or other extra-curriculars? If you are good on these parameters then I guess it should be enough to make you stand out.

By the way, my verbal score on GMAT too was a few 4 points below what I was scoring on GMATPrep.
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