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# I can't believe I'm going to ask this but...

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Director
Status: Can't wait for August!
Joined: 13 Sep 2011
Posts: 988
Location: United States (MA)
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V37
GMAT 2: 680 Q45 V38
GMAT 3: 710 Q45 V42
GPA: 3.32
WE: Information Technology (Retail)
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14 Jan 2013, 13:23
Should I re-take the GMAT

So, I'm on the waitlist at duke, and looking for a way off... My GMAT is 710 q45 v42. I know, my quant is low... and I'm wondering if that is the main reason I'm on the waitlist. I went to a somewhat no name school, but my quant courses are all As and Bs. I work in a quant heavy job, and my recommenders addressed my quant ability in detail. Also, I was a math tutor in college... ALSO, I am planning to transition into Marketing post MBA...

so... should I still retake the GMAT (my 4th attempt) or am I crazy to even consider it?
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14 Jan 2013, 13:35
highwyre237,

Although your quant score is on the lowish side, my guess is that it is one only factor in your being wait-listed, given all of the offsetting info you mentioned in your post. To identify the other potential reasons for your W-L, I would need to take a closer look at your candidacy/application.
Fuqua allows you to update them, so I would take advantage of this to send a strong signal that you deserve to get off their W-L if a spot opens up.

Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School, http://www.paulsbodine.com/testimonials

highwyre237 wrote:
Should I re-take the GMAT

So, I'm on the waitlist at duke, and looking for a way off... My GMAT is 710 q45 v42. I know, my quant is low... and I'm wondering if that is the main reason I'm on the waitlist. I went to a somewhat no name school, but my quant courses are all As and Bs. I work in a quant heavy job, and my recommenders addressed my quant ability in detail. Also, I was a math tutor in college... ALSO, I am planning to transition into Marketing post MBA...

so... should I still retake the GMAT (my 4th attempt) or am I crazy to even consider it?
Director
Status: Can't wait for August!
Joined: 13 Sep 2011
Posts: 988
Location: United States (MA)
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 660 Q44 V37
GMAT 2: 680 Q45 V38
GMAT 3: 710 Q45 V42
GPA: 3.32
WE: Information Technology (Retail)
Followers: 24

Kudos [?]: 350 [0], given: 109

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14 Jan 2013, 13:43
Ok, lets say... My essays show a perfect fit, solid career goals, but my interview was only average. My work history is solid, and shows progression... but I will not have much, if anything, to update adcom with... also, since I have a business undergrad, and did well in those classes, I do not feel taking a class would help.

Should I focus my efforts on improving my GMAT, since the other aspects of my profile are pretty set in stone?
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14 Jan 2013, 15:23
Yes, if you have some evidence (e.g., practice tests) that you could raise the score by taking it again.

--Paul Bodine, Great Applications for Business School, www.paulsbodine.com/testimonials

highwyre237 wrote:
Ok, lets say... My essays show a perfect fit, solid career goals, but my interview was only average. My work history is solid, and shows progression... but I will not have much, if anything, to update adcom with... also, since I have a business undergrad, and did well in those classes, I do not feel taking a class would help.

Should I focus my efforts on improving my GMAT, since the other aspects of my profile are pretty set in stone?
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15 Jan 2013, 04:39
You're a little bit nuts...
But you knew that...
I dunno hard to say. I would say it depends more also on what your other options are, and what your holistic strategy going forward is... meaning, let's assume worst case scenario.. you don't get in.. do you have other options? Or are you gonna apply next year anyhow.. aha! so are you gonna do that? Well in that case a higher GMAT is really worth it.. and then CAN you get it? or is it gonna be like chewing concrete?

I'll be honest with you, a 740 can look nice, and the extra effort can feel good... but there may be better and easier things you can do to improve your profile... 80/20... you know what I mean...
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16 Jan 2013, 00:41
You are admitted to Cornell but looking for Duke. Any specific reasons for that ?
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