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On my first round with the GMAT I scored a 720, with a 42V and a 46Q. I am planning to take the GMAT one more time with the goal of scoring a 750+.
What's confusing me as I plan out my re-take study schedule is that while my Verbal score is lower, it's a higher percentile than my Quant (96th vs 58th percentile).
If I'm trying to raise my score as much as possible with about 100 hours of studying, should I be focusing more on Quant or Verbal, or an even mix of both?
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Hi bengfriedlander,

First off, a 720/Q46 is an outstanding Score - and you can comfortably apply to just about any Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest is probably not necessary. Depending on the Programs that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

Many GMATers find the respective Quant and Verbal percentiles to be interesting. It's important to remember that the percentiles are not reflective of your performance against the Exam - they're reflective of your performance against other Test Takers. A Q46 is actually a strong overall performance in the Quant section, but lots of GMATers score at that level (or higher), so the percentile makes it appear as if it's not as great of a performance as your Verbal Scaled Score is. Business Schools understand all of this, so unless a representative from one of your chosen Programs specifically tells you that a Q46 is 'too low', then there isn't an issue with this Score. If you choose to retest, then there are some specific areas that you can work on to raise this Q46 - and I'll be happy to discuss all of that in more detail if you are interested.

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bengfriedlander wrote:
On my first round with the GMAT I scored a 720, with a 42V and a 46Q. I am planning to take the GMAT one more time with the goal of scoring a 750+.
What's confusing me as I plan out my re-take study schedule is that while my Verbal score is lower, it's a higher percentile than my Quant (96th vs 58th percentile).
If I'm trying to raise my score as much as possible with about 100 hours of studying, should I be focusing more on Quant or Verbal, or an even mix of both?


Congratulations for the stellar score 720 and the high verbal score of 42.
I think you already answered your question. 58th percentile means that there is another 42% to pursue in Quant.
Yes you should focus on Quant, but you should always set a weekly practice time for Verbal to maintain your strength.
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New post 23 Aug 2019, 10:05
Hi bengfriedlander,

720 is a great start! To give yourself the best shot of hitting your 750+ score goal, you should look to improve in both quant and verbal. Certainly, if you’d like more specific advice on how to do so, feel free to reach out.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about The Phases of Preparing for the GMAT
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