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Good GMAT score, but should I retake? Thanks.

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GMAT: 730, 96% (Q: 44, 70% / V: 48, 99%)(unofficial)
I'm really happy with the verbal and the overall, but I'm a little worried about the math score. Applying to top b-schools and not sure if they'll worry about that area. Please read below:

B'ground: Exec. Dir. for successful educational nonprofit for 10 years; helped start program 12 years ago. Tremendous track record of leadership and management. BUT... no math classes since high school, despite the fact that I've always been a numbers guy (just nerved up on the GMAT a little and ran out of time). Need an MBA to take my NP or a new NP nationwide. Like the social enterprise offerings at HBS and Northwestern (also applying to Columbia and Stanford).

Concerns: Age -- I'm 34 soon. Math -- will the AdComms dismiss my candidacy because of the 70th percentile mark and a lack of quant classes? GMAT -- because of that mark do I need to retake it?

PLEASE let me know what you think. Thanks so much for your time.

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New post 29 Jul 2008, 14:29
twilliams9 wrote:
GMAT: 730, 96% (Q: 44, 70% / V: 48, 99%)(unofficial)
I'm really happy with the verbal and the overall, but I'm a little worried about the math score. Applying to top b-schools and not sure if they'll worry about that area. Please read below:

B'ground: Exec. Dir. for successful educational nonprofit for 10 years; helped start program 12 years ago. Tremendous track record of leadership and management. BUT... no math classes since high school, despite the fact that I've always been a numbers guy (just nerved up on the GMAT a little and ran out of time). Need an MBA to take my NP or a new NP nationwide. Like the social enterprise offerings at HBS and Northwestern (also applying to Columbia and Stanford).

Concerns: Age -- I'm 34 soon. Math -- will the AdComms dismiss my candidacy because of the 70th percentile mark and a lack of quant classes? GMAT -- because of that mark do I need to retake it?

PLEASE let me know what you think. Thanks so much for your time.


Short answer: no - they won't dismiss your candidacy because of your quant score. - just show that you're a numbers guy from whatever analytical work you've done on the job.

Btw, out of curiosity, can you PM me the educational nonprofit?

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New post 31 Jul 2008, 19:13
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Given your strong profile--executive leadership, NGO entrepreneurship, strong social impact, and good overall score--no schools will dismiss your application out of hand because of your quant score. You will want to address your quant skills in an optional essay, however, and if you can I would take calc and statistics at a college and ace both of them.

Given your age and managerial background, many schools may wonder why you are aiming for full-time MBA programs rather than executive ones. So you will have to give them a really compelling and airtight explanation. You may be overreaching at Stanford and HBS.

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