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Bad Quant Score - Should I retake?

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Hi All,

I received my scores back yesterday and got a 720 overall (super stoked with this) but with a very high verbal score (98%), an okay quant score (55%) and very bad IR and AW scores (38% and 17% respectively). I had admittedly only spent a day or two studying, and am frustrated that my high score has been polluted by bad IR and AW scores. To be honest I was so unprepared that I didn’t even realise the AW section was meant to be in essay format.

I really want to get into a Top 10 school, and still have a year before I need to start applying. Should I retake? Thank you in advance for any help!
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Hi etf,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so if you really just studied for a couple of days, then you could potentially score a lot higher in the Quant, IR and AWA if you put in a bit more time and effort.

You're ultimately asking Admissions questions, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and application plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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What is your Quant sectional score? I'm guessing it's in the early 40s. Well, it's is far easier to improve score on the Quant section than on the Verbal section. So, you already are at an advantage.

By the way, congratulations for getting a 720 on the test. We've the exact same score, in reverse order in terms of Sectional scores. I am taking the GMAT again, to improve my Verbal score.

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Hi All,

I received my scores back yesterday and got a 720 overall (super stoked with this) but with a very high verbal score (98%), an okay quant score (55%) and very bad IR and AW scores (38% and 17% respectively). I had admittedly only spent a day or two studying, and am frustrated that my high score has been polluted by bad IR and AW scores. To be honest I was so unprepared that I didn’t even realise the AW section was meant to be in essay format.

I really want to get into a Top 10 school, and still have a year before I need to start applying. Should I retake? Thank you in advance for any help!
We advise most people with quant scores less than 45 to take the exam again if they can. Your schools are unlikely to worry too much about your 4s in IR and AWA, but your Q45 could create a few doubts in the minds of admissions committees.

If you can, just take the exam again. If your quant score improves, you'll remove any doubts anyone may have about your quant skills and you'll probably end up with a higher total score as well. If it doesn't, you can always cancel that score.
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Hi etf,

First off, a 720 with just a few days of studying is really impressive, my friend. That being said, since you were able to score 720 with minimal prep, have an entire year before you’ll apply to schools, and want to go to a top 10 school, I definitely recommend giving the GMAT another shot. If you can follow an actual study plan, there is no reason why you can’t score 750+ and improve your IR and AWA scores. If you do decide to retake the GMAT and would like some further advice regarding your study plan, feel free to reach back out, and I’ll be happy to help.

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etf wrote:
Hi All,

I received my scores back yesterday and got a 720 overall (super stoked with this) but with a very high verbal score (98%), an okay quant score (55%) and very bad IR and AW scores (38% and 17% respectively). I had admittedly only spent a day or two studying, and am frustrated that my high score has been polluted by bad IR and AW scores. To be honest I was so unprepared that I didn’t even realise the AW section was meant to be in essay format.

I really want to get into a Top 10 school, and still have a year before I need to start applying. Should I retake? Thank you in advance for any help!


More than IR or AWA, your 55%ile on Quant is a problem. 80%ile on each is the rule of thumb for top ten though enough variations do exist. An excellent verbal score is great! If you did not study before the test, improving Quant score should be easy. You would have missed out on fundamentals. A good review and some practice will help you recall all and you should see an immediate improvement. Even if you get the same 720 but with a better balance, you will certainly improve your chances of getting an admit.

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