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Apply in R1 with GMAT of 690, or retake and apply in R2

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Hi, I'm looking for advice on whether I should apply to schools by the round 1 application deadlines with a GMAT score of 690 or retake the GMAT (I think I'm capable of scoring 720) and applying in R2. I'm not sure if I am competitive enough of an applicant for the schools I am applying to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

GMAT:
August 19th - q48, v38 (score of 690)
September 8th q49, v29 (combined 640), I just took the test today I cannot take another one until September 25th (16 day waiting period). On all of my prior practice exams I scored a 40 in the verbal section, so I'm not sure what happened there...

Schools:
MIT Sloan
Columbia
Stanford
Tucks
LBS

Professional Experience:
1 year consulting at Accenture
4 years in the aerospace / defense industry as an engineer and project engineer (with 2 promotions)

Education:
Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, GPA: 3.75/4
Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, GPA: 3.5/4

Demographics / Other: Female and from the U.S.

Extracirricular:
Very involved with community outreach and STEM development programs, and i'm also a university teacher during the fall and spring semesters

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 11:11
I'd probably wait for R2 at this point and - given those schools - resit for 720+. Focus pretty much solely on verbal for a month because you're going to need to breach v40 for a shot at that sort of score. Identify your verbal weaknesses and work hard on them and good luck.

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Hi, I'm looking for advice on whether I should apply to schools by the round 1 application deadlines with a GMAT score of 690 or retake the GMAT (I think I'm capable of scoring 720) and applying in R2. I'm not sure if I am competitive enough of an applicant for the schools I am applying to. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

GMAT:
August 19th - q48, v38 (score of 690)
September 8th q49, v29 (combined 640), I just took the test today I cannot take another one until September 25th (16 day waiting period). On all of my prior practice exams I scored a 40 in the verbal section, so I'm not sure what happened there...

Schools:
MIT Sloan
Columbia
Stanford
Tucks
LBS

Professional Experience:
1 year consulting at Accenture
4 years in the aerospace / defense industry as an engineer and project engineer (with 2 promotions)

Education:
Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, GPA: 3.75/4
Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, GPA: 3.5/4

Demographics / Other: Female and from the U.S.

Extracirricular:
Very involved with community outreach and STEM development programs, and i'm also a university teacher during the fall and spring semesters


Based on what you wrote, it really sounds like there is potential for a better score here, so I would definitely retake if I were you, just so you know you tried everything you could in order to get in and don’t have any regrets afterwards. As I am sure you know several of the schools on your list are really competitive so you do want to have the feeling you didn’t leave any stone unturned!
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Thank you very much for the feedback!

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New post 12 Sep 2017, 20:29
You are probably not competitive enough for the schools you have listed with your current score. I would advise you to target Rd2 to give yourself a more realistic chance at securing admission. If you feel you can materially improve your score then I would not hesitate to start working on your GMAT and approach for Rd2
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