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New post 08 Aug 2012, 17:30
I'll try to keep this short.

I took the GMAT back in April earlier this year and scored a 730. Recently, after seeking out advice from an MBA grad, I was advised to send my score report to the school I am interested in immediately and re-sit for the GMAT (given the fact that I feel I had a bad test day; i was scoring in the 750-770 range for practice) and only send those scores if I improve.

Back in April, I went back and forth in my head and ultimately decided not to retake given my split of Q49/V41 (i seriously think i was 1 or 2 questions from a 750... no, it's not about how many right/wrong, but i'm confident i missed some easy ones...)

Now this new advice has me thinking...

1) Obviously if i'm confident I can score 750+ I should re-take, but at this point will it reflect poorly on me for not having re-taken the test earlier this summer or in May (where has the time gone btw...)?
2) I was also advised to apply to all my schools (+/- 5) in R1... when exactly is the last day I could take the GMAT and have it valid for R1? I figure it is the actual application deadline, but I haven't seen it written anywhere
3) the IR reason will be brand new to me. how heavily will this be weighted?

Thanks in advance,

jay

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New post 08 Aug 2012, 19:57
Don't retake. You got basically within the 90th percentile in both sections and your score is 100% acceptable, if not great.

I'm not going to lie, I felt the same as you did and I even got the same score. I went through the same mini crisis telling myself I could do better and bla bla bla. But it's just not worth the time and energy. You really need to focus on other important stuff like essays and recommendations!

This helped: http://www.essaysnark.com/2011/09/what- ... g-kidding/

Sure, you could probably score a 750, but aren't you rusty by now? You probably haven't studied in ages and it's REALLY hard to move from a 49 to a 50 in quant, and quant is probably more important than verbal as long as you can write decently well.
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