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Does a Q49 impact overall prospect of a score?

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Dear GMAT experts,

I recently took my GMAT for the second time after cancelling scores on my first test, which was a terrible test experience. I ended up with a decent score of 730 (Q49, V40, IR 5 and AWA 5.5) this time.

I was content with my final score but I was devastated to see that I scored a Q49. In the 10 practice tests (including tests from GMATPrep, Kaplan) I took during my preparation for the final test, I never scored a Q49. I was consistently scoring Q51 with a few Q50s here and there. I think it is safe to blame the test anxiety for the lower score on score than expected.

Fueling my anguish, a few people I consulted after the test (couple of them currently doing their MBA at top B-schools in USA) recommended that I retake the test to get into the 50s in quant. Their reasoning is that for someone that hails from India with an engineering background and is currently working in the US in R&D sector of automotive industry, a Q50 becomes a prerequisite in order to apply for top-10 business schools.

Is this statement true? Does a Q50-Q51 have a huge impact on one's likelihood to be admitted into a b-school?

Please advise. Thank you in advance!

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If you feel as though you have a higher score left in you, I do encourage you to retake the exam until you feel that you've done your best. There's no reason to leave money on the table with this test.

49 meets the HBS threshold for numeracy, no one is going to think that you don't know how to do math but it's simply a matter of competing against others with similar profile.

Part of the question here is how differentiated is your profile from others who have the same work background.? Do you have extensive ECs, hobbies, community leadership etc?

How do you say stand apart from your peers? Do you have stories that can demonstrate that and back it up?

Overall I agree that you're dealing with a very competitive set of folks who are probably going to have a 50 plus on quant, but if your profile is something special then 49 is just fine. I would encourage you to retake but not panic.

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Dear GMAT experts,

I recently took my GMAT for the second time after cancelling scores on my first test, which was a terrible test experience. I ended up with a decent score of 730 (Q49, V40, IR 5 and AWA 5.5) this time.

I was content with my final score but I was devastated to see that I scored a Q49. In the 10 practice tests (including tests from GMATPrep, Kaplan) I took during my preparation for the final test, I never scored a Q49. I was consistently scoring Q51 with a few Q50s here and there. I think it is safe to blame the test anxiety for the lower score on score than expected.

Fueling my anguish, a few people I consulted after the test (couple of them currently doing their MBA at top B-schools in USA) recommended that I retake the test to get into the 50s in quant. Their reasoning is that for someone that hails from India with an engineering background and is currently working in the US in R&D sector of automotive industry, a Q50 becomes a prerequisite in order to apply for top-10 business schools.

Is this statement true? Does a Q50-Q51 have a huge impact on one's likelihood to be admitted into a b-school?

Please advise. Thank you in advance!

Hi ssanjayomer!

Thanks for posting, and congrats on the solid GMAT score.

Yes, you are correct that admission for those hailing from India is extremely competitive, and that quant scores will generally be higher for this subset than most. That being said, a 49Q is still a solid score and it's unlikely that a school will make an admissions decision based on a 49Q versus a 50Q. If you had scored a 46Q or 47Q, then yes, I would recommend immediately re-taking, but remember, the GMAT is more of a "check the box". Once you are able to score over a certain level, top schools will look more closely at the qualitative aspects of your profile and leadership/career potential.

If you do have the time and capacity, (are you planning to apply R2 this year?), then give the GMAT one more shot. But make sure you don't let an obsession over a 50Q get in the way of devoting time and energy to the other aspects of your application, which will be far more important!


Best of luck and please let us know if you have any more questions about the test or your profile in general.


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