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New post 03 Feb 2018, 16:45
Hi all,

I just took the gmat again and got a 730

So my new total score is above the average at all the schools im applying to, although my quant dropped.

I understand my scores indicate the same level of ability, but I'm planning on sending my new score of 730 -- my worry though is if course the quant drop and the fact that my scores are essentially so close together.

Is it worth submitting the 730 given it's higher than the average for those schools? If so, how should I explain it?

Thank you!

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New post 03 Feb 2018, 20:42
A 20-point increase is it completely legitimate basis for an update. It's not too close together at all. And the fact that they're over the average I mean that doesn't even matter at all. The more the better always! At least when it comes to your GMAT score. I mean if the average was 700 and you went from 740 to 760 I would tell you the same thing. Quant, don't think there's a grave concern, they have your old score so they know that you're capable of the previous score. And it's only one point it's totally worth it to get 20 more points on the board. However if you're getting WL, I have a strong suspicion that there's more going on than your GMAT and it really has to do with your applications. Keep in mind that nobody really cares about your GMAT unless your application indicates someone that they want to invite to their family. Lots of people forget that but I work with folks who get 780 scores and shut out without an interview.

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New post 05 Feb 2018, 04:03
urbanac wrote:
Hi all,

I've been waitlisted at 2 top ten schools, and I have applications out at another 2.

My scores were 700 (44 Q 44 V) and 710 (47 Q and 42V)

I just took the gmat again and got a 730 (46 Q and 44 V).

So my new total score is above the average at all the schools im applying to, although my quant dropped from 47 to 46 :x .

I understand my scores indicate the same level of ability, but I'm planning on sending my new score of 730 to the 4 schools above-- my worry though is if course the quant drop and the fact that my scores are essentially so close together.

Is it worth submitting the 730 given it's higher than the average for those schools? If so, how should I explain it? Should I explain the 1 point drop in quant ?

Thank you!


Hi urbanac,

Thanks for your query.

Yes, you must most certainly report the new score (730). The higher the score, the better it is, always! :)
Having said the above, we suggest that along with the score, you also report any profile improvements you may have had since the time you submitted your application (extra-curricular/professional). You may speak about any new projects you've taken up or leadership roles you've been asked to play.
The minor drop in quant score does not need to be explained. The very fact that you are capable of a higher quant score will be evident to the Admissions Committee from your previous score :)

Hope this helps.

All the best!
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New post 13 Feb 2018, 15:07
I would for sure..provide this update. Although scores do focus a ton on your quant score that overall score is really important as well and also helps them out when it comes to rankings and things like that. This is also a good opportunity to re-engage with the school and maybe bundle any other updates you may have or simply to also re-confirm interest.
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