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# Is a balanced GMAT score fundamental?

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15 Apr 2009, 18:17
Hello,

I heard that most of the schools consider not only the overall score but also the quant and verbal scores separately in order to analyse a candidate.

Is this really true?

My GMAT is 700 (50Q, 34V, AWA 4.5). My verbal percentile is very low - 69%.

I also heard that some schools look the TOEFL score (for non-native english speakers) with more accuracy when you have a bad verbal. For example, if someone like me has 112/120 in TOEFL his/her verbal GMAT score would be "forgiven".

Has anyone heard something like this?

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15 Apr 2009, 18:28
Hi joao,

You have heard correctly. Schools prefer an 80 80 split. Furthermore, if you are a liberal arts major then schools look closely to you quant score (and vice versa if you are a science /engineering major).

I dont know much about the TOEFL unfortunately.

Good luck.

jbanzato wrote:
Hello,

I heard that most of the schools consider not only the overall score but also the quant and verbal scores separately in order to analyse a candidate.

Is this really true?

My GMAT is 700 (50Q, 34V, AWA 4.5). My verbal percentile is very low - 69%.

I also heard that some schools look the TOEFL score (for non-native english speakers) with more accuracy when you have a bad verbal. For example, if someone like me has 112/120 in TOEFL his/her verbal GMAT score would be "forgiven".

Has anyone heard something like this?

Tks,
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06 May 2009, 09:31
TOEFL scores aren't looked at interchangeably with the GMAT verbal scores, since they measure different things.

The TOEFL is an indicator of your English proficiency. The GMAT verbal is really a rough gauge of your critical thinking skills (your ability to interpret, analyze, conclude, infer, or draw parallels based on the info presented to you).

And yes, as bsd_lover said, schools do really prefer balanced 80/80 scores.
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06 May 2009, 10:11
IMO

I know its not mandatory, but a preference to have a balanced split. However, I don't think schools would slam to door on you if you did not have a balanced 80/80 score. Having said that, 700 is a good score, it shouldn't give you reasons to re-take the GMAT.
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