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In what sceario do you retake? (numbers inside)

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I scored a 700 (43q/41v) on my GMAT today. In my practice tests, my highest q was a 45, so I think I'm sort of at the ceiling in that area (of course this could probably change if I were willing to keep spending money buying new materials). I have B's in my 3 quant courses from H/Y/P/S undergrad, I have some exposure to quantitative work via my job but I'm not in a heavy quant field nor is it my intention to go into a quant field. At the risk of having a lower verbal score (41 was actually my best on my practice test), should I retake or just focus on addressing this "issue" in my essays and possibly take another quant course from a CC? (oh yea, I'm a female :lol: )

PT 1: MGMAT 670 (45q/36v)
PT 2: GMATprep 650 (37q/41v)
PT 3: MGMAT 680 (42q/40v)
PT 4: GMATprep 610 (33q/33v) :?: (took this late at night after the gym and long day at work)
PT 5: MGMAT 620 (38q/36v) :?: (same situation as above)

As you can see from my practice test, I pretty much got my max score from separate practice tests as my real score. I studies on my own and this was my first take.
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New post 20 Jun 2009, 18:27
with a 700 on record, I'd just start hitting essays. You've hit the "hurdle" so your score won't be an issue. You also said you're female, so that will play into your favor. Great score. My advice is take the 700 and move on with your application process.
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New post 20 Jun 2009, 22:13
My advice is go with the 700. But much would depend on what kind of workex you have and which schoold you are targeting..
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New post 21 Jun 2009, 00:34
I'm surprised to see that Q43 V41 yielded a 700. I don't think it's too difficult to go from Q43 to 46/47, but you're not likely to see a very sizable increase in your overall GMAT score.

The decision to retake is really dependent upon which schools you plan to apply to and whether you believe you can increase your score substantially.

The 700 won't keep you out of anywhere, but some of the quant-heavy schools might be concerned with your Q43.
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New post 21 Jun 2009, 05:20
Based on your practice test scores, I would like to give you an advice - don't retake. You are on the upper side of your practice scores and you are unlikely to see any progress without couple of months studying. With 3-4 months of study you could push your score towards 730, but those 3 or 4 months could have easily be invested in much better way - essays, recommendations and other aspects of your application.

Please, take this advice seriously since it comes from someone who retook after 720 - pretty unreasonable move. Although I have never regretted for retake, I know I could have spent my time more wisely than studying for GMAT again.

In addition, I don't think that someone who scored Bs in quant courses in H/Y/P/S and scored 700 in GMAT should address anything regarding his/her quant abilities in optional essays.
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New post 21 Jun 2009, 08:12
thanks for the input. i think i will move on to the other parts of my app as well as take another quant course just to solidify any doubt.
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