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I have a GMAT of 710 (Q50, V36, IR4. AWA 5) in my 3rd attempt. In my first attempt I had got a 640 (3 years back) and got a 670 in my second attempt (cancelled this score).

Should I give another attempt and aim at a 740+? Technically, I have given only 2 attempts till now as I had cancelled one of the attempts. The confusion arises because some schools (such as ISB) ask for uploading the unofficial score report while submitting the application, and this unofficial score report mentions the cancelled attempts as well. So, if I give another attempt, these schools would know that I have given 4 attempts. Is 4 attempts ok? What if i end up getting below 710 in the 4th attempt and cancel the score? The unofficial score report is going to reflect that as well.
Also, are there any other schools which ask for unofficial score report, like ISB does?

Thanks a lot for your help :-) :-)
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New post 23 Jan 2018, 14:01
vinayakprakash1993 wrote:
I have a GMAT of 710 (Q50, V36, IR4. AWA 5) in my 3rd attempt. In my first attempt I had got a 640 (3 years back) and got a 670 in my second attempt (cancelled this score).
Hi @vinayakprakash1993, thanks for reaching out. Let me give you my thoughts on this below.
Should I give another attempt and aim at a 740+? Technically, I have given only 2 attempts till now as I had cancelled one of the attempts. The confusion arises because some schools (such as ISB) ask for uploading the unofficial score report while submitting the application, and this unofficial score report mentions the cancelled attempts as well. So, if I give another attempt, these schools would know that I have given 4 attempts. Is 4 attempts ok? What if i end up getting below 710 in the 4th attempt and cancel the score? The unofficial score report is going to reflect that as well.
Also, are there any other schools which ask for unofficial score report, like ISB does?
In terms of whether or not you should retake the GMAT-- a lot depends on the schools you are targeting. Look at the average GMAT score for the program- and if you are applying to a US school then you might want to make sure you are 20 points above the stated average. If your current score does not do this-- then you may benefit from taking again. I would not worry so much about whether this is the 4th or 5th time- especially since you have not taken the test multiple times in a year-- and even that is not so unusual. Some schools may get the unofficial score report-- and you can't be sure how it will be taken-- but really from my admissions experience I would say that getting that higher score if you can-- even if it means that you have another test taken-- is still worth it. In other words-- having the chance to be a 740 is worth any potential downside to having taken the test another time-- especially given that you have not taken it 5 times in a row-- like all in the same year. Your Q score of 50 is fine-- so it would be whether or not you think you can improve the verbal with some targeted focus and this could pay off for you if you are successful. I would concentrate on what I can control-- trying to do the best I can on GMAT-- and don't worry about what you can't control... how different adcom members will view multiple tests. Even among the same adcom staff-- different admissions staff may see this differently.I have heard some say it shows that you are willing to put in maximum effort to get a good score... I would take all that worry and put it into submitting compelling essays as this is a CRITICAL part of any successful application. Doing school research and understanding why MBA, why NOW, why THIS SCHOOL is also key.I have seen candidates with scores like yours-- from your pool-- get accepted to M7-- so it is not just the GMAT but the overall package that matters too. Make sure you do your best there also. If you want help making sure your profile is the best it can be-- reach out to us for a free consult at this link: https://stratusadmissionscounseling.com ... b-visitor/
Thanks a lot for your help :-) :-)

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