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Do I retake the GRE

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Hey,

Just finished my third iteration of the GRE. It was my highest score yet. I got in the 93rd percentile verbal and 70th percentile quant. I majored in History at the military academy and had a 3.1 GPA. Spent 6 years in the army and had a stellar career. I just started working at one of the big 4 consulting firms. I'm looking at Applying to Tuck, Columbia, Yale, NYu, Darden, and Duke. Showing I have the quantitative competence to succeed is what I am worried about.

The big question is: should I take the GRE again or take a finance course?

I've already taken an Econ course (I got an A) and HBX CORE.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

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What's your actual score?
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New post 01 May 2017, 13:23
Hey Shotgun829

Thanks for getting in touch. As a military applicant, the big thing I want you to do right now is start reaching out to the military/veterans' clubs at each of your target programs. Schools will sometimes have specific resources available to military applicants, including special events with direct access to AdComs. (Talk to Stern about their new military scholarship program.)

I would like to know the actual numbers of your GRE score. I generally like to see 162-ish for Quant and I think your 70th percentile is more like a 156. GRE fatigue is a real thing and without knowing your entire preparation history (private tutors? classes?), it's hard to make a specific recommendation. You have the luxury of time though so if you can sweat it, I'd like to see you try again. (Consider working with a private tutor on quant for the month before.)

I LOVE that you've done HBX Core though. That is awesome and assuming you did well, it will reflect well on your candidacy.

I think you've put together a nice range of schools, but given both the GPA and the GRE plus the 7 years of work experience, I would like you to add Cornell and UT-Austin to the list please.

My other main suggestion is to contact us for a free consultation! Link in my signature. You can select the time/date/consultant that best suits your schedule.

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Nahid78,

I got a 158Q 160V.

Krista, thanks for the feedback. I'm kind of burned out on the GRE and GMAT (also took that once and got a 660 but cancelled it.) I think I'm reaching the limit of advance on the standardized tests. I was debating if enrolling in a finance or math course would be a better investment of my time.

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Nahid78,

I got a 158Q 160V.

Krista, thanks for the feedback. I'm kind of burned out on the GRE and GMAT (also took that once and got a 660 but cancelled it.) I think I'm reaching the limit of advance on the standardized tests. I was debating if enrolling in a finance or math course would be a better investment of my time.

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Thanks. Anyway 660 was a good score too.
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Hey Shotgun829

If you've done HBX Core and done well, I think you've done more than most people. (But if you didn't do well, tell me and we can talk.)

With the updated GRE scores, my advice is still pretty similar...add Cornell and Texas. (And don't send anyone your GMAT scores. Rely on the GRE.) Also, network with the military clubs at the schools you are interested in! Did you make captain? PM me or set up a free consult and let's talk some more.

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