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GMAT Retake - Overall Score Improved but AWA Dropped

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New post 12 Nov 2019, 23:16
Hi Team,
I scored a 720 (Q 49 , V 40, IR 6, AWA 4) in my latest attempt. My earlier score was 670(Q 48, V 34, IR 6 AWA 5). My overall score has improved but my IR has dropped from 5 to 4. Does this impact my admission chances. I am applying to ISB,Duke, Mccombs, Tepper to name a few
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GovindaLalwani wrote:
Hi Team,
I scored a 720 (Q 49 , V 40, IR 6, AWA 4) in my latest attempt. My earlier score was 670(Q 48, V 34, IR 6 AWA 5). My overall score has improved but my IR has dropped from 5 to 4. Does this impact my admission chances. I am applying to ISB,Duke, Mccombs, Tepper to name a few


Congratulations on crossing the 700 mark! I wouldn’t sweat the fact that your IR dropped from 4 to 5. What matters a lot more is that your composite score increased from 670 to 720. This is a big accomplishment and you are now more “shiny” than many of the applicants who will be applying with less-competitive scores in the 600s.

Generally speaking, from a GMAT perspective, you need to be near or above a school’s average in order to competitive. You should be in good shape for ISB, Duke, McCombs, and Tepper from a GMAT-standalone basis.

But keep in mind that the schools you mentioned care about a lot of things besides your GMAT! *ALL* of them frequently reject candidates with GMATs higher than their averages. If you are applying to ISB, there’s a good chance that you are Indian. Indians come from a very over-represented demographic (and one from which GMAT scores are correspondingly higher).

That makes your application strategy, and, specifically, the way you talk about your short-term and long-term career goals in your essays, *super* important. The imminent achievability of your stated career goals are important because all schools want to make sure that you are employed right after graduation. Employment stats are really crucial for rankings and AdComs want to make sure that you know what you want out of the experience and that there is a high degree of certainty that you will be able to gain placement where you want it.

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New post 15 Nov 2019, 05:22
Hi,

I appeared for GMAT today and my score increased from 680 (Q49, V33) to 720 (Q48, Verbal-41). However my IR dropped from a 7 to a 2. Will i need to take GMAT again to improve the IR score? I am aiming for US B Schools
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Hi,

I appeared for GMAT today and my score increased from 680 (Q49, V33) to 720 (Q48, Verbal-41). However my IR dropped from a 7 to a 2. Will i need to take GMAT again to improve the IR score? I am aiming for US B Schools


Higher overall score but lower IR vs. lower overall score but higher IR...classic GMAT dilemma. Good news is that a 720 score is net positive because it went up 40 points and you passed the 700 mark, which puts you in the average GMAT score zone for "US B Schools" you're referring to (assuming you're talking about after Top 15). Generally speaking, schools care more about the overall score than individual IR score, especially considering that you now have a well-balanced quant & verbal score mix, which is looked favorably upon. That said, it's good to double check the forums and websites of the schools you're applying to see how much emphasis they place on IR as some school may care more about it than others and check if they require a minimum IR score. Also, if it was your second time taking the GMAT, then maybe it's worth another shot. However, if it was your third time taking it then you might have reached your max score. Taking it the fourth time is a big maybe, but not worth the time and effort for fifth time. Hope this helps!
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New post 27 Nov 2019, 02:21
Hi Jon,

Thank you for your response. Yes i am aiming for top 15 US B-Schools. This was my second attempt. I am thinking of finishing my applications before appearing for GMAT again.
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New post 27 Nov 2019, 18:31
shashwat1990 wrote:
Hi Jon,

Thank you for your response. Yes i am aiming for top 15 US B-Schools. This was my second attempt. I am thinking of finishing my applications before appearing for GMAT again.


Got it. If you're retaking the GMAT after submitting your applications, make sure that you inform the schools you're applying to that you're doing so for their awareness. Good luck!!
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