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Last edited by towski on 24 Oct 2013, 13:54, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Disappointing 730: should I retake? [#permalink]

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12 Aug 2013, 01:15
Well, for not studying for the Verbal, you did pretty darn fantastic!

I think retaking at this point would be silly. Yes, you have a very strange split, but you STILL have a 730! What I would do is apply anyhow now, and somewhere in your application, emphasize other activities/achievements that PROVE that you have quant skills.

Anyhow, you are applying only to Stanford and HBS, so now is the time to do it. Roll the dice and see where they land. If you don't get in, then you will have enough time to retake and reapply if you think you can do better on the GMAT (And will have to work on other improvements as well).
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Re: Disappointing 730: should I retake? [#permalink]

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12 Aug 2013, 09:36
Hey there,

Firstly, awesome GMAT score!

I agree with Jon here. Prove your quant capacity in other ways. And honestly, given what you've said, that should be a piece of cake.

Also, keep in mind your RAW quant score is pretty darn good. Percentiles are what they are. Honestly, you've done really well. If you take it again, you might bump it up 10 or 20 points, but given where you are, you might bump it down a little bit too.

Honestly, I think you're done for the time being. Like Jon said, if you don't get in, you can always retest but if you don't get in, it's probably going to have more to do with other parts of your application than your GMAT score.

Good luck!

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Re: Disappointing 730: should I retake? [#permalink]

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12 Aug 2013, 10:26
Hi towski, first of all congratulations on a very strong GMAT. I understand that you're a little disappointed with the score, given that you were doing better in practice tests and you're aiming quite high at your target schools, but you should at least take the time to appreciate that you did very well on this test.

I agree with the posters above, I wouldn't retake the exam now. The difference between getting a 730 and 740 and 750 isn't dramatic compared to the other aspects of your admission, so it likely doesn't benefit you much to have a slightly higher score on the exam. You've demonstrated that you're able to do well on this test, I'm not sure that a second score at 750 would change much. The best advice is probably to apply now and see how things go. If you really want to retake as a matter of personal pride or achievement, your score will likely inch up a little, but it's doubtful that it will change anything in the admissions process, so feel free to make whatever decision that works best for you.

Best of luck!
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