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GMAT 720. High verbal/ weak quantitative. Should I Retake?

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Hi,

I just took the GMAT this weekend and scored a 720 overall with a 42 in Quantitative, a 47 in Verbal, and an 8 IR. I was wondering if the low quantitative score is too much of a red flag, which would preclude me from getting into a top ten business school.

I'm not sure how a strong quantitative background makes up for this. I have my bachelors degree in Finance with a 3.81 GPA, I have passed all three levels of the CFA exams, just waiting for a couple more month of work experience to earn the charter, and I currently work in equity research.

I am wondering if i should retake the GMAT or if my other experiences would allay any concerns admissions would have based on my quant score and I should therefore focus more on extracurricular activities to improve my profile.

Thank you very much,
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Hi,

I just took the GMAT this weekend and scored a 720 overall with a 42 in Quantitative, a 47 in Verbal, and an 8 IR. I was wondering if the low quantitative score is too much of a red flag, which would preclude me from getting into a top ten business school.

I'm not sure how a strong quantitative background makes up for this. I have my bachelors degree in Finance with a 3.81 GPA, I have passed all three levels of the CFA exams, just waiting for a couple more month of work experience to earn the charter, and I currently work in equity research.

I am wondering if i should retake the GMAT or if my other experiences would allay any concerns admissions would have based on my quant score and I should therefore focus more on extracurricular activities to improve my profile.

Thank you very much,
Jared


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Hi Jared, kind of depends. Where are you applying? My guess is HBS, Booth, CBS. If you are aiming for HBS they really like to see 49 or above. Are you planning to submit for round 1? If that is the case, would recommend that you put this to the side and do a bang-up job on your applications, honestly. Trying to do both with ensure that neither is done well, believe me. Your quant background does help, and CFA info can go in the optional essay and will help your case. If you really wanted to nail this down you could do MBAMath.com

I'm not sure about Round 2 for you, you are fairly overrepresented in terms of finance. Would only do that if you strongly feel that you can bring that score up 40 points by early October. Can't cut into your time for applications. If they don't like your application the GMAT won't save you.

If you are planning to apply next year, definitely bring up the score. Find a way to do this in tandem with ECs. You might want to engage a reputable tutor to fast track things. If you are applying this year, trying to put something on the board all of a sudden for your EC profile might look insincere and might do more harm than good, unless you have a track record of past involvement with that org.

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New post 26 Jun 2017, 18:59
Hi Jared,

Given how competitive the business school application process is, you really want to put your best foot forward and not leave anything to chance. Unfortunately, I have been seeing candidates with strong GPAs who worked in finance and who had compelling stories not get interviews and/or being waitlisted at the top schools (while it's difficult to point to any one reason, I suspect that the lower quant score may be a culprit). While your GPA and the CFA designation will help, you would be in a much better position by hitting at least a 49 on the quant. Hope this helps.

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jarallen09 wrote:
Hi,

I just took the GMAT this weekend and scored a 720 overall with a 42 in Quantitative, a 47 in Verbal, and an 8 IR. I was wondering if the low quantitative score is too much of a red flag, which would preclude me from getting into a top ten business school.

I'm not sure how a strong quantitative background makes up for this. I have my bachelors degree in Finance with a 3.81 GPA, I have passed all three levels of the CFA exams, just waiting for a couple more month of work experience to earn the charter, and I currently work in equity research.

I am wondering if i should retake the GMAT or if my other experiences would allay any concerns admissions would have based on my quant score and I should therefore focus more on extracurricular activities to improve my profile.

Thank you very much,
Jared


Jared,

Definitely retake it. If you don't, it will look like you didn't really try. The score overall is slightly below average for the top schools and the quant is well below. In fact there are some M7s that would really be turned off by the quant and have a hard time getting over it.

Happy to discuss tutoring options to help you out or otherwise a broader strategy.

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New post 29 Jun 2017, 23:11
Hi Jared,

I would recommend a retake.

It's not that I think the rest of your profile won't offset your weak performance on the quantitative section. I do believe that it will.

But given that you are targeting schools in the top 10, a higher GMAT score will be very helpful (even necessary). So if you could improve your quant score to about 47, and keep your verbal where it is, you should be looking at a 750 - that is strong ammo when you apply to top 10 schools.

If you think this is going to be difficult, then you can always explain your strong background just the way you mention in the post below - but the 720 would mean that you should look at a few schools outside the top 10 also - just to be on the safer side.

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jarallen09 wrote:
Hi,

I just took the GMAT this weekend and scored a 720 overall with a 42 in Quantitative, a 47 in Verbal, and an 8 IR. I was wondering if the low quantitative score is too much of a red flag, which would preclude me from getting into a top ten business school.

I'm not sure how a strong quantitative background makes up for this. I have my bachelors degree in Finance with a 3.81 GPA, I have passed all three levels of the CFA exams, just waiting for a couple more month of work experience to earn the charter, and I currently work in equity research.

I am wondering if i should retake the GMAT or if my other experiences would allay any concerns admissions would have based on my quant score and I should therefore focus more on extracurricular activities to improve my profile.

Thank you very much,
Jared

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