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# GMAT Dilemna - Wide Spread Q vs Verbal

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05 Oct 2004, 03:45
I took my GMAT today and was pretty disappointed relative to how I performed on my practice test. I received a 730 (48 V (99%) / 42 Q (66%)).

My quantitative score is incredibly disappointing, and relative to practicing is a bit of an underperformance. I scored 780 and 770 on both PP practice tests. Generally, I have scored 99% in verbal on virtually every test, but am concerned that my quantitative score will highlight red flags.

I have a 3.9 GPA from a top 15 school, with major in financial economics. I have worked in Investment banking for 2 years and private equity for another 2 years at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, respectively.

My target schools are Stanford and Harvard. Would you reccomend that I retake the test and improve my quantitative score (I strongly believe that this score is a floor and myverbal should be 99% again). I have studied difficult math concepts, but not speed, and I simply ran out of time.

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05 Oct 2004, 09:00
Man..this is the first time I saw 48 on verbal...have seen many a 47 and 46....
On second thoughts..you should be poet..... Where does I-banking come in picture..

But given that you have I-banking and private equity profile - a little work in quants should give u a perfect score.

Man - if I were you i would target 800.
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05 Oct 2004, 11:09
Hi,

Considering your major, your high GPA, the firms that hired you, and your line of work (not to mention your overall score) you have little to prove in terms of your quant ability.

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05 Oct 2004, 22:44
mdp4d wrote:
I took my GMAT today and was pretty disappointed relative to how I performed on my practice test. I received a 730 (48 V (99%) / 42 Q (66%)).

My quantitative score is incredibly disappointing, and relative to practicing is a bit of an underperformance. I scored 780 and 770 on both PP practice tests. Generally, I have scored 99% in verbal on virtually every test, but am concerned that my quantitative score will highlight red flags.

I have a 3.9 GPA from a top 15 school, with major in financial economics. I have worked in Investment banking for 2 years and private equity for another 2 years at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs, respectively.

My target schools are Stanford and Harvard. Would you reccomend that I retake the test and improve my quantitative score (I strongly believe that this score is a floor and myverbal should be 99% again). I have studied difficult math concepts, but not speed, and I simply ran out of time.

I have never advised someone with a 730 to retake.

Considering the other overwhelming evidence of your impressive quant ability, I'm not sure there is much to gain by retaking. It also sounds like you have little downside to retaking.

Sorry for being mealy mouthed.
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10 Oct 2004, 18:14
Sorry to say this and I hope I won't hurt anybody but I think that re-taking the Gmat after getting 730 is a little ridiculous. The only extreme case would be that if you would be an indian specialized in hi-tech, etc... because this pool is really really extremely competitive and you have to get the best score you can and I am not even sure it's so valuable....

You have to understand that you can get 760 or even 780 at the Gmat and universities can still refuse you. You should spend 1 week more on your essays than on your "potential" 20-30-40 points in Gmat...

Except that, I wish you success of course

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