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This is an awesome forum that I've been following for a while. I just took the GMAT and got a 690 (62 percentile Q, 89 percentile V). This is not a bad score, but also not a stellar one. My main concerns are my IR score of 3 and relatively low quant score. Here's more about me:

Undergrad Major: Electrical Engineering at top public engineering school - GPA 3.67
Masters Major: Electrical Engineering at top private (not Ivy) engineering school - GPA 3.62
GMAT: 690 (62th percentile Q, 89th percentile V), IR 3
Work:
- 4 internships in personal computer, semiconductor, and finally aerospace industries.
- Now have 50 months full-time experience in top aerospace company, starting with highly selective CTO-sponsored engineering leadership development program that allowed me to work across product life cycles via 6 different jobs. I followed this with work in a venture capital R&D organization within the same aero company (job #7).
- 1 US patent grant (sole inventor), 9 more patents pending (mix of sole inventor and up to 2 co-inventors), numerous international patents pending. I love to create novel and impactful technologies, leading teams to build unique proofs of concept, and engaging business organizations in building viable business cases to commercialize these inventions.
- Currently (job #8) leading one out of a number of 7-people teams for the past year in spearheading cost-down effort as part of company-wide initiative to reduce costs. Tasks include facts-based cost knowledge, idea generation, re-design and re-negotiations. This is a very challenging job as we encounter a lot of resistance from employees within the company who have been fully staked in old ways (as is typically the case when introducing anything that changes the fundamental culture of the company). At the same time it is also a very rewarding job when you win over doubters and when you directly deliver stakeholder value. My projects have saved the company double-digit millions of dollars.

Personal:
28 years old Asian male. Family with 1 young kid. Moved around all my life. Born in Asia, grew up in various countries in Europe, went to school in various cities in USA.
Passionate about entrepreneurship, president of entrepreneurship society in undergrad (not sure if this matters, but the work that my club did was cited as a main reason on CNN Money why my school was a great one for aspiring entrepreneurs).
No extracurricular currently unfortunately. My job is challenging, and being an involved parent is not a walk in the park either.

Question:
Should I re-take the GMAT? Do you think my IR score of 3 and Quant percentile of 62% will outweigh my work and leadership experiences, as well as my decent GPA in both engineering degrees?

Thanks in Advance Everyone!

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Hey man,

I'm currently a first year in EWMBA program. I think your background is really attractive for the program, and overall GMAT score is fine to get an interview. Since all GMAT does is put you in the running, I wouldn't take it again. The thing that stands out though is that your EE degrees should have yielded a higher quant score, so maybe call that out in your application and give examples of where you are quantitively strong.

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New post 02 Sep 2015, 20:04
Thanks for your reply Alex! Good to hear that the overall score shouldnt be a problem. Do you know if my IR score would be of any issue? Hope to mee you in person next year!

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Thanks for your reply Alex! Good to hear that the overall score shouldnt be a problem. Do you know if my IR score would be of any issue? Hope to mee you in person next year!


Hmm, don't want to say anything wrong since i'm not too clear on how IR gets factored. 3 does seem a bit low, and since IR are mostly "quant" like questions maybe your GMAT score just says you're weaker on the quant testing side. All the more reason to try to beef up your application with proof that you can handle quantitative problem solving. Good luck!

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DarthestVader wrote:
Thanks for your reply Alex! Good to hear that the overall score shouldnt be a problem. Do you know if my IR score would be of any issue? Hope to mee you in person next year!


Hmm, don't want to say anything wrong since i'm not too clear on how IR gets factored. 3 does seem a bit low, and since IR are mostly "quant" like questions maybe your GMAT score just says you're weaker on the quant testing side. All the more reason to try to beef up your application with proof that you can handle quantitative problem solving. Good luck!



For reference, my scores were: verbal 41. quant 47, total 710, awa 6, and IR 7

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New post 03 Sep 2015, 23:35
Thanks Alex. Great scores you got there!

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DarthestVader wrote:
Thanks for your reply Alex! Good to hear that the overall score shouldnt be a problem. Do you know if my IR score would be of any issue? Hope to mee you in person next year!


Last I heard, admissions wasn't even looking at the IR scores. No one gets ranked based on them, so schools tend not to care that much.

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