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importance of GMAT balance

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New post 30 Aug 2008, 11:57
Looking at mine and other GMAT scores on this site, there are some of us who have semi-lopsided scores. Is a rough score of 49Q/37V (89%/81%) a big deal? I have a mechanical engineering undergrad, so I could imagine this looking like I am very strong on quant and relatively weak on verbal.

I'm a native speaker and I've mostly seen concern from schools that people can handle quant. stuff at school, not verbal/comprehension. Is this something to worry about or is it a relatively minor concern? The overall score of 700 is good, and I'd rather not retake it if that would be enough for the top 5 schools. thanks.
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New post 01 Sep 2008, 18:20
lopsided scores dont matter if the good score is on the quantitative, but if its on the verbal it can hurt you (like a 37Q 49V is not as strong as a 49Q 37V), but it is the 200-800 score that always does matter. 700 is pretty strong ( i scored a 700 45Q 41V), but if you are looking for top 5 schools you should take again (I plan to) bc if you think you can improve 20-30 points it can put you in the very interested pile instead of the maybe pile, although they definitely won't throw your app away due to GMAT score with a 700. 700 is not extremely competitive in the top 5 (or 10), but it is acceptable ( I think its like 25th percentile with Harvard and Stanford applicants, to throw some stats at you).
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New post 06 Sep 2008, 11:15

You should not retake the GMAT to correct your "lopsided" score. You are over the 80th percentile in both verbal and quant so you're above the acceptable threshold, and your verbal score won't hurt you. As noted, B-schools care more about the quant score than the verbal score, but a *truly* lopsided Q-V ratio (which yours is not) would be a concern for them. So your score is good enough, but not head-turning. Whether you should retake the GMAT to raise your overall score depends on whether (a) you think you can do better and (b) focusing time on GMAT prep will detract from the quality of other parts of your app. If you are in a very common demographic profile and are applying to schools whose average GMAT is higher than yours, then retaking the GMAT may make sense.

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