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# GMAT 690 Quant (77%) Verbal (89%)

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29 Dec 2005, 10:48
Hi Folks just looking for some advice. I just took the GMAT scored a 690 77% Math and 89% verbal. Was very disappointed as I was scoring between 690(first practice) and 740(2 days before the test) on the practice Couple of questions:

1) Do I need to retake the GMAT? I have heard schools look for at least 80th percentile in Math.
2) Do I have a competitive profile [b]for Fall 2007[/b] for HBS/Wharton/Kellogg?

- Indian Male residing in the U.S.
- Age 27 (will remain 27 when I apply for fall 2007)
- Completed high school in India
- Undergrad Top 10 Computer science school GPA 3.1 (Texas)
- Working as a Strategist (Six Sigma Black Belt) at a Top Financial firm on Wall street, in the operation's department (3 years 4 by the I apply)
- 1 of 2 out of 2000 people selected for the Leadership Development Program at my firm, also the youngest
-Worked as a merchant marine after high school to pay for college and support family (2 years).
- Was able to enhance my leadership skills in the navy, faced a pirate attack in Singapore
- Climbing mount Everest's Highest base camp this summer
- Sit on the board of directors of a non-profit organization (orphanage in India)
- Successfully developed a business model (based on girl scout cookies) to generate funds for the organization
-Poor under grad GPA was due to the fact that I had to fund myself 100% and support my parents and brother who was in college. could not afford text books all the time.

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29 Dec 2005, 12:13
Yes, I definitely think you have a competitive profile. Your work experience sounds very solid, and your hobbies and activities outside of work will set you apart.

Your GPA isn't too much of a weakness in my mind. The things that you have done since then will matter much more. I know you're disappointed about your GMAT score, but I honestly don't think that you need to take it again. You're easily within range of each school's average. Don't fall for the stories that they have cutoffs at certain percentiles.

I'll put it this way: If you don't get in (and I think you have a goodchance of getting in), it WON'T be because of your GMAT score.

If you really want to take it again (since you have time), I would recommend doing something different between now and when you take it (like take a class, buy a couple of new books, etc). Don't just take it again hoping to get a boost of 20 or 30 points based on luck, because you could just as easily get a score that's 20 or 30 points lower, and then you'll be sorry that you took it again.

Scott
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03 Jan 2006, 05:13
Thanks for your feedback Scott. Wish you all a very Happy new year.
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