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# Excellent GMAT Score, but ridiculously lopsided. What to do?

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Joined: 25 Jun 2011
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GMAT 1: 760 Q44 V51
GPA: 3.6
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Excellent GMAT Score, but ridiculously lopsided. What to do? [#permalink]

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09 Jul 2011, 11:47
So I took the GMAT yesterday, and scored better than I ever had on any practice tests (44Q and 51V, so a 760). Mostly I'm thrilled, but I'm a little nervous about that Quant score for the programs I'm targeting (top 20, a couple top 10s). I've heard about the apocryphal 80/80 percentile cut-off for top programs, so will a 66th %ile Quant kill me if I'm 99th %ile Verbal?

By way of background, I'm from a Humanities undergrad (graduated 6 years ago). Classic "poet" profile. Since then I've demonstrated a bit of Quant chops, I got an A in a graduate-credit level stats class I took via Continuing Education at a very fancy local university last year, and was asked back to serve as a grader the semester after. So I have something to show on the quant front, but it's still pretty thin. Not sure if it can offset that Quant score in the eyes of a top 10 adcom.

The Math 44 frankly wasn't that abnormally low for me. I had a couple practice tests up in the 88th and 77th percentiles, but I also had some where I bombed out and ended up below the 50th. Needless to say, math is not my strength. The verbal, though, has never been a problem. I've consistently been scoring in the 99th percentile on all CATs since the diagnostic, so I have no doubt that I could boost my current overall score by retaking if I were to do more math studying.

I just wonder if I'm crazy to even consider retaking the test, and investing yet more time into the GMAT, rather than spending that time on the rest of my app. Opportunity costs, trade-offs etc etc.

Any advice? Not sure I have it in me to retake the GMAT....

Thx
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Re: Excellent GMAT Score, but ridiculously lopsided. What to do? [#permalink]

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11 Jul 2011, 10:58
Hi JoelCairo,

With a GMAT score of 760, I would not recommend taking the test again. There are other ways to express your quantitative abilities. Here are two articles that I recommend you read:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/03/23 ... applicant/

http://www.stacyblackman.com/2011/04/20 ... m-scratch/

I hope this was of help.

Cheers,

Conrad and the Stacy Blackman Team
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Joined: 25 Jun 2011
Posts: 111
GMAT 1: 760 Q44 V51
GPA: 3.6
WE: Other (Other)
Re: Excellent GMAT Score, but ridiculously lopsided. What to do? [#permalink]

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12 Jul 2011, 22:24
Thanks so much for your reply Stacy. I'm thinking the best move might be to preemptively enroll in a quant-intensive Continuing Ed class this fall, so I can include it on my app, rather than being waitlisted and told to do so a few months from now. Would you recommend Calculus (which seems to be used as shorthand for "quant class" on the message-boards) or would some other mathy course work just as well ("Managerial Accounting" "Principles of Finance" etc)?

Thanks again.
Re: Excellent GMAT Score, but ridiculously lopsided. What to do?   [#permalink] 12 Jul 2011, 22:24
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