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Hello everybody,

I took the GMAT a few weeks ago and scored 730 (50Q, 40V), 5.5 in AWA. Unfortunately during my IR part, the computer bugged and the dropdown menu of a question did not work. Because of this I lost 2-3 minutes in total during IR. The computer was reset and I continued the test normally. Unfortunately, because of this I scored a 3 in IR.
I wanted to ask you: is it really worth retaking the exam? Would this IR score really have an impact? Does the IR really matter in MBA applications?

Or should I just do an item challenge about the IR?

Thank you so much in advance!
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While the IR impact on admission is still somewhat vague (this section was first introduced in 2012), many believe that having a lower than "normal" IR score is a red flag. This is a school by school situation and adcom by adcom. To be safe, you would retake it unfortunately and have to waste another day on this. I would suggest rescheduling the test ASAP so you are still "fresh". I would probably not recommend complaining to the GMAC since if they honor your case, they will cancel your score and it won't be reportable.
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matt93london wrote:
Hello everybody,

I took the GMAT a few weeks ago and scored 730 (50Q, 40V), 5.5 in AWA. Unfortunately during my IR part, the computer bugged and the dropdown menu of a question did not work. Because of this I lost 2-3 minutes in total during IR. The computer was reset and I continued the test normally. Unfortunately, because of this I scored a 3 in IR.
I wanted to ask you: is it really worth retaking the exam? Would this IR score really have an impact? Does the IR really matter in MBA applications?

Or should I just do an item challenge about the IR?

Thank you so much in advance!
IR has been around for more than 5 years now, and I think it is being used much more extensively now than when it was first introduced.

I think you should go ahead and tell Pearson about the loss of time. Here in India I've seen cases where test takers were offered retakes (together with cancellation of the original score). While that is clearly not a great outcome given that you got a 730 (congrats :)), this post indicates that they also offer retakes without canceling the original attempt. If I remember correctly, you have a month in which to do this.

I suggest you get the process started so that you can retake the GMAT if necessary. If everything goes well, you'll have another attempt in hand. You certainly can't lose your 730, as they can't cancel that score without your explicit authorization. Use this time to get a better idea about how IR is used by your target schools and then decide what you want to do next.

Who knows, maybe that 730 will also go up if you take the exam again :-D
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Thanks a lot to both of you!

The thing that bothers me a bit is that universities publish absolutely nothing about IR in general and IR scores in the class profile. So I really do wonder whether about its importance! But thanks a lot again.
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They do t post anything but there are member reports of IR low score questions coming up in interviews.

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They do t post anything but there are member reports of IR low score questions coming up in interviews.

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Yes I guess that makes sense, thanks again!
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It will depend entirely on which school you apply to. 730 for INSEAD with 3 years of WE might cause them to red flag you and find a potential flaw but a school with an average of 690 will happily accept your score. You obviously have some sound advice above...whether it is about being able to retake the exam or cancel this score.

Just saying, if you are already competitive, you might be better off spending your time on other aspects of the application like essays and interviews. Use your own discretion here.
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It will depend entirely on which school you apply to. 730 for INSEAD with 3 years of WE might cause them to red flag you and find a potential flaw but a school with an average of 690 will happily accept your score. You obviously have some sound advice above...whether it is about being able to retake the exam or cancel this score.

Just saying, if you are already competitive, you might be better off spending your time on other aspects of the application like essays and interviews. Use your own discretion here.


Thanks for your reply! INSEAD is the only school that "suggests" to score a 6 though. I am mostly aiming at M7
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It will depend entirely on which school you apply to. 730 for INSEAD with 3 years of WE might cause them to red flag you and find a potential flaw but a school with an average of 690 will happily accept your score. You obviously have some sound advice above...whether it is about being able to retake the exam or cancel this score.

Just saying, if you are already competitive, you might be better off spending your time on other aspects of the application like essays and interviews. Use your own discretion here.


Thanks for your reply! INSEAD is the only school that "suggests" to score a 6 though. I am mostly aiming at M7


In that case, definitely go for the re-write (whether it is on Pearson's dime or yours). They are extremely competitive and every little bit helps.
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It will depend entirely on which school you apply to. 730 for INSEAD with 3 years of WE might cause them to red flag you and find a potential flaw but a school with an average of 690 will happily accept your score. You obviously have some sound advice above...whether it is about being able to retake the exam or cancel this score.

Just saying, if you are already competitive, you might be better off spending your time on other aspects of the application like essays and interviews. Use your own discretion here.


Thanks for your reply! INSEAD is the only school that "suggests" to score a 6 though. I am mostly aiming at M7


You must put your best application for M7 as these schools are extremely competitive and you dont want to miss out just because of a 'small' matter of IR score. All of us can only speculate on what is the relative importance of the IR section but you wont really know what dinged you. So dont take that chance and give your GMAT with the best you can do across ALL sections.
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New post 09 Jul 2017, 04:34
I concur with Engr2012 's thoughts. If M7 is what you are aiming for, I'd highly recommend retaking the exam.
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I concur with Engr2012 's thoughts. If M7 is what you are aiming for, I'd highly recommend retaking the exam.


Don't you think retaking the exam just for the integrated reasoning would waste time I could otherwise use to write good essays? I am trying to understand how certain one can be the IR can raise a red flag when no stats are published.
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matt93london wrote:
keats wrote:
I concur with Engr2012 's thoughts. If M7 is what you are aiming for, I'd highly recommend retaking the exam.


Don't you think retaking the exam just for the integrated reasoning would waste time I could otherwise use to write good essays? I am trying to understand how certain one can be the IR can raise a red flag when no stats are published.


Fair point, but to be absolutely blunt here, you are wasting your time asking this question here when no one here is remotely qualified to tell you with absolute certainty that IR wont matter for M7 application. Not even I, who is already studying at an M7 will be able to tell you that low IR score will not raise a flag, unfortunately. You can take that risk and it will be your call at the end of the day. Keats and I just mentioned what we personally think about the application process. Per the stats, the acceptance rates to M7 hover between 9%-20% and with this low percentage, its entirely your call to take that chance. People with low GMAT or GPA usually use the optional essays to tackle the low score issue head on without giving another GMAT or trying to create an alternative transcript.

TL;DR: Take a call, either give GMAT to improve your IR score when GMAT is still fresh in your mind or let it go but do answer this question proactively in your optional essays. Either strategy has been shown to be effective in the last few years. If you think rest of your application will plug in all the 'gaps' with your low IR score, then, yes, dont waste your time on another GMAT.

Hope this helps.
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