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Good Overall Score/Bad IR - Worth retaking?

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New post 30 Jun 2020, 10:42
Hi All,

First, I want to thank everyone on this forum for your insights. This community has been in an invaluable resource :)

I am trying to figure out whether it's worth retaking the exam. I did very well on quant and verbal (49 on quant and 51 on Verbal for an overall 780) but poorly on IR (4/8 which comes out to 35 percentile). I was scoring around 7 or 8 on IR in practice tests but was unfortunately had an off day. I'm planning to apply to the programs at Harvard and Stanford. Does anyone have insight into how much emphasis these schools place on IR?

Since we are only allowed one online attempt, I won't be able to retake the exam until test centers reopen, which may not be for several months in my area. Retaking taking the exam would require me to continue studying for several more months and I would also need to prepare for the AWA section.

Thank you in advance!
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Hi All,

First, I want to thank everyone on this forum for your insights. This community has been in an invaluable resource :)

I am trying to figure out whether it's worth retaking the exam. I did very well on quant and verbal (49 on quant and 51 on Verbal for an overall 780) but poorly on IR (4/8 which comes out to 35 percentile). I was scoring around 7 or 8 on IR in practice tests but was unfortunately had an off day. I'm planning to apply to the programs at Harvard and Stanford. Does anyone have insight into how much emphasis these schools place on IR?

Since we are only allowed one online attempt, I won't be able to retake the exam until test centers reopen, which may not be for several months in my area. Retaking taking the exam would require me to continue studying for several more months and I would also need to prepare for the AWA section.

Thank you in advance!

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Just mention the test center closures in the area and fail to take reattempt. IR Score is more of a hygiene factor. There is really no issue with a 780. A 4 IR is not all that bad and in my opinion, you have done a great job with the GMAT. I believe that you should focus on Building your profile. Check out the decision tracker and see how many 770,760 and 780 scorers get rejected from H/S/W. It is the strength of your overall profile that matters nothing else.
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New post 30 Jun 2020, 17:38
Congratulations for a great score! V51 wow, we rarely see that. Request you to post a debrief.
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Wow. Amazing Q and V scores and shocking IR :lol:

I don't think you need to worry about the IR. Schools have demonstrated over and over again that they appear to be completely indifferent towards IR and with 780, there should not be any issues or questions about your abilities rather about GMAC's abilities to score the IR section. There is an optional essay that you could bring IR in, unless you are using it for something else.

As to HBS/Stanford, they hardly seem to care about scores (or so they try us to believe in). I think they will continue having an understanding outlook for the R1 since many people are going to be applying with things such as a layoff, furlough, imperfect score, and other superflous deficiencies that usually would have been smoothed out but not possible to address during the COVID-19 times.

I would not retake adn instead focus on your other areas of the application - Resume and Essays. it seems Resume is the under-rated element of the application, so I would focus a bit more on that.

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Hi insignia,

You are set with 780. No, you do not need to retake the GMAT. Good luck with things moving forward.
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Thanks All! evo, I am working on a debrief but what helped me most on Verbal was just reading through the sentence correction chapter in the official guide. It seems that most of the questions are based on a set of 7-8 rules. Just choosing the option that “sounds most right” isn’t an effective strategy. I think GMAC deliberately structures options in ways that sound odd but are still correct to throw off people trying to do this.

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Re: Good Overall Score/Bad IR - Worth retaking?   [#permalink] 01 Jul 2020, 05:58

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