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Got a Score of 690, should I aim higher or focus on applications?

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Hi,

I took my first GMAT test yesterday and got a 690 (Q48 V35). Though a lot of people have told me that this is a respectable score and that I should be proud of this achievement, I still believe that I could have got a 710 on a good day. :)

Mock Tests given within 2 weeks of the GMAT date:
MGMAT: 670
GMATPREP 2: 700
GMATPREP 3: 710
GMAT PREP 5: 700

My work profile:
Industry: IT/Software
Total experience: 10 Yrs
Business Development, Sales experience: 8 Yrs
International Sales experience (Based out of India but traveled extensively): 5 Yrs
Leadership experience: 5 Yrs

My target B schools:
Duration of MBA: 12-16 months
1. INSEAD
2. IE
3. CORNELL
4. KELLOGG
5. NUS
6. ISB (not in order of preference)

The big question that is haunting me right now is whether it makes sense to invest more time and effort to get a better GMAT score. Or should I really just focus on my applications going forward.

Appreciate inputs from experts in this forum.

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Unfortunately, I've read that Indian students can be at a disadvantage. Many business schools have heavily Indian contingents as one of the most popular demographics of students. This can be a negative for schools from a diversity perspective.

Also, you are in IT/Software, so your work experience may not stand out.

B-school is all about crafting a narrative - if you are not elite, do you bring something different to the table?

With a 690 GMAT score, especially if you feel like you can easily score 710, spend some time studying and go for the kill and aim for a 750. It'll give you a great story to tell of how you went above and beyond during the application process, and something to set yourself apart.

Applications and essays are easy, and GMAT is by far the most time-consuming piece of applying. On paper you can just be yourself, but on GMAT you're just a number. Hope this helps.
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AkeemLawrence - I do agree with you that a elite GMAT score can open doors for me. Would you like to recommend the source of my future preparations, especially, for Verbal?
I have prepared from Manhattan books on CR, SC and RC. Also, did a lot of practice questions from various sources but I think I still lack the expertise in identifying the right answer in 30% of questions. I often end up with 2 answers that I feel can be correct. Any help here on how to go about it would be super helpful. Thanks.

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It would be helpful to know how long you actually studied for. If you were hitting 700s with 2 weeks of studying, you should definitely go for the 750.

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