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GMAT 740 should I retake?

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Hi, I'm hoping you would be able to help. I just took the real GMAT and scored 740 (V41, Q49, IR 8)

To be honest I'm a little upset as my last two official practice tests had been 760 (V35-36). I suppose the nerves must have gotten to me as I did feel like the verbal was difficult.

I'm aiming for Harvard. I'm a 28 year old female who has been working in a FTSE 100 company for 5 years in a tech role. I went to one of the best unis in the UK and have an equivalent of a 4.0

What would you do?

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First of all, congratulations for getting a great GMAT score. If your aim is Harvard, then you definitely shouldn't. You already have a 97 percentile. 760-800 is 99 percentile. I have seen people getting rejected with even a perfect 800. it won't make much of a difference your gmat score is amazing. I think it'd be nice if you focus on other aspects of your applications right now
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Abhi077 wrote:
First of all, congratulations for getting a great GMAT score. If your aim is Harvard, then you definitely shouldn't. You already have a 97 percentile. 760-800 is 99 percentile. I have seen people getting rejected with even a perfect 800. it won't make much of a difference your gmat score is amazing. I think it'd be nice if you focus on other aspects of your applications right now


Thanks a lot! Do you know how likely it is for the official score report to be different to the unofficial one I got on the test day as well?

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lcarpenter wrote:
Hi, I'm hoping you would be able to help. I just took the real GMAT and scored 740 (V31, Q49, IR 8)

To be honest I'm a little upset as my last two official practice tests had been 760 (V35-36). I suppose the nerves must have gotten to me as I did feel like the verbal was difficult.

I'm aiming for Harvard. I'm a 28 year old female who has been working in a FTSE 100 company for 5 years in a tech role. I went to one of the best unis in the UK and have an equivalent of a 4.0

What would you do?

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Hey lcarpenter - I think you meant V41 :)

I agree with Abhi077 as far as writing the exam again is concerned.

Round 1 application for most schools(including Harvard) is already done. You have
very little time before the Round 2 application deadlines. For instance, the Round2
deadlines for Harvard is January 6, 2020. Work on creating a stellar application as
GMAT is only one aspect of your application. You could post a detailed profile
evaluation request in the Admission Consultant forum and seek help with regards
to your application

All the best for the application phase and congrats on the awesome score.
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Thanks for the advice! I did mean V41 :)

I am aiming for round 2- I have an up to date CV already and know of a few people to write me a reference from my company :) will start working on the essays. Thank you!

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Hi lcarpenter,

First off, a 740/Q49 is an outstanding Score, so you can comfortably apply to ANY Business Schools that interest you. As such, a retest is not necessary. Since you're interested in at least one highly-competitive School, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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lcarpenter wrote:
Hi, I'm hoping you would be able to help. I just took the real GMAT and scored 740 (V41, Q49, IR 8)

To be honest I'm a little upset as my last two official practice tests had been 760 (V35-36). I suppose the nerves must have gotten to me as I did feel like the verbal was difficult.

I'm aiming for Harvard. I'm a 28 year old female who has been working in a FTSE 100 company for 5 years in a tech role. I went to one of the best unis in the UK and have an equivalent of a 4.0

What would you do?


A retake is not necessary regardless of the school given the short timelines. This is already an excellent score and you risk a lower score upon retake. Scores can move in either direction.

The other main reason is that your application will be looked at as a whole. A good test score is only one part. Demographics also may count in the evaluation.

I would also encourage you to post your test experience from preparation to test day. Readers here would appreciate reading about your experience. Some may benefit. GL in your apps!

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New post 19 Oct 2019, 21:06
Congratulations lcarpenter on 740! It's an Amazing score!

IMO you should concentrate on your applications instead of retake
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Hi lcarpenter,

740 is a fantastic GMAT score, and I don’t see any reason why you need to retake the GMAT. Good luck with things moving forward.
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