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# Expert Advice Needed: Retake a 710? (49Q, 38V)

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Expert Advice Needed: Retake a 710? (49Q, 38V) [#permalink]

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14 Mar 2013, 21:36
I received a 710 on my GMAT's recently, and wanted to get a general consensus of whether this is a good enough score for top schools such as HBS or Stanford. I know that the medians at both schools are 730, which is why the 710 concerns me a bit. I'm an Asian male at a BB investment bank with a degree from an Ivy League.

Because I'm a traditional applicant (being an Asian male doesn't make things easier, neither does being a banker), if I can find the time should I retake? I got 84% for Q and 83% for V (so both over the 80% that Adcoms like to see), but I think I scored lower than expected on verbal because it was my first try and I was mentally fried by the time I ended the quant. In practice exams I can usually score in the 40-44 range.

Is it worth taking again if I can get around a 750? I think it would (especially considering my typical background), but I've heard on other threads people saying a 710 is just a neutral score so it won't help or hurt. But would a 750 (with this background) really even give THAT much of an edge?
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Re: Expert Advice Needed: Retake a 710? (49Q, 38V) [#permalink]

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15 Mar 2013, 05:06
I am not an expert by any means, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

You have a good enough GMAT score. Your work experience at a BB investment bank and your Ivy degree helps your candidacy. You need to execute well in other areas of your application. Well executed essays and good recommendations should help you to get an interview. After that, your interview will decide whether you get admitted.

Again, we are talking Harvard and Stanford here. So, if you feel you have to get a higher score, and you have the time, you should retake. But in that case, you have less time for other parts of your application.

Best of luck!
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