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27 Feb 2010, 07:43
Hi everyone. I'm applying to the part-time programs at Boston College and Boston University. I just took the GMAT yesterday and got a combined score of 610, with a 41 verbal and a 33 quant. My question is will my low quant score be a concern for admission committee. I have an underground background heavy in quant courses with a 3.5 GPA. My major was economics, and I have a 4.0 GPA in that area. Also, I have worked as a financial analyst for a Private Equity firm for the past 4 years and have good recommendation that will likely speak to my analytical abilities. Will this be enough to offset my poor quant score, or should I retake the GMAT?

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27 Feb 2010, 21:44
You can see the school rankings with average GMAT scores here:

Boston College has an average score of 660. I do not think a 610 will cut it for a traditional applicant (someone with a background in finance/econ). If you were a non-traditional applicant (teaching, military, etc.), you would have a better chance with a lower GMAT score.

I suggest retaking the GMAT. If you are worried about increasing your score, you might want to look into Knewton, as the organization has a 50 point increase guarantee. Please see the Knewton deal thread for current promotions:
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(PS Your verbal and quant are both fairly low. You want a verbal score of ~36 and a quant of ~46 to be over 75 percentile in each section to reach the 660).

Best of luck,

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Hi everyone. I'm applying to the part-time programs at Boston College and Boston University. I just took the GMAT yesterday and got a combined score of 610, with a 41 verbal and a 33 quant. My question is will my low quant score be a concern for admission committee. I have an underground background heavy in quant courses with a 3.5 GPA. My major was economics, and I have a 4.0 GPA in that area. Also, I have worked as a financial analyst for a Private Equity firm for the past 4 years and have good recommendation that will likely speak to my analytical abilities. Will this be enough to offset my poor quant score, or should I retake the GMAT?

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28 Feb 2010, 08:34
Thanks for the reply. I'm reading that the average GMAT score for the part-time programs is around 600-620. I think the 660 score that you're referring to is for the full-time program. I'm in the range now with the 610, but will it matter that my score is weighted so heavily on the verbal side? Will the schools take my undergrad transcript, work experience, and recommendations as enough proof of my quantitative ability and realize that my quant gmat score was just the result of me having a bad test day. I'm not opposed to retaking the test but it would be nice to save the \$250 and spend my time focusing on other areas of my application. Has anyone had a similar experience or can weigh in on how adcom makes their decisions? Thanks.

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17 Jul 2013, 17:40
My cousin just got into the Boston University part-time MBA program. She used GRE scores, but her verbal score was much higher than her quant score. I'm sure the rest of her application was super strong, she has unique work experience and a ver interesting background. I would go for it and apply if I were you.

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