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Low GMAT Quant Hurting Chances?

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I took the GMAT two years ago (in 2011) and got a 710 (44Q/44V). I wasn't very happy with my quant score at the time (68th percentile) but thought this would be OK if I could spend time improving other aspects of my application. I was primarily concerned because I heard that MBA programs prefer an 80%+ percentile for both the quantitative and verbal sections.

However, I just checked the updated percentiles today and realized that my 44Q is now a 61% - a 7% decline in the past 2 years. Now my previous concerns have resurfaced. I plan to apply to business schools in fall 2014 and am aiming at the top 10 programs.

I have a 3.75 undergrad GPA in Economics and will have ~5 years work experience in corporate finance. How detrimental will the low quant score (and now much lower percentile) be to my overall application and admissions success? Do I significantly improve my chances by retaking the GMAT or does the work experience in finance help to overshadow this?

Application Target: Fall 2014
Age: 25
GMAT: 710 (44Q/44, 6 AWA) - old format
Work: 5 years in fortune 500 corporate finance at time of application
Undergrad: 3.75 in economics at top 20 university
Extracurricular: many volunteering projects, co-founder of mentorship non-profit

Thanks in advance for the help and advice.

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New post 04 Aug 2013, 21:56
Hi ds17,

Thanks for posting. Your 710 score is a strong GMAT score. Our recommendation if that if you believe you can improve your score by 30 or more points, then you may want to consider taking the test again. With the GMAT, it's important to remember that your highest score is self-reported on your application. For this reason, admissions teams will focus on your best score. There is no harm in taking the exam again.

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