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# Need advice - Disappointing 730 retake - What now?

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13 Jun 2018, 13:05
Took the test 16 days ago and scored 720 (49Q, 40V, 6IR)... On my GMAT prep tests, I had scored 770 x2, 760, 750 x2, 740... so I knew I could improve. Today I retook the test and scored 730 (49Q, 40V, 8IR), obviously I was hopping for a more significant increase but whatever. Test-related anxiety is probably what explains the discrepancies between the real tests and CATs. I am disappointed because I know that I am very capable of scoring 750+.

So what should I do now? I aim to secure admission to any of the following MBA programs: Harvard, Columbia, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Stanford. Should I strongly consider another retake or focus on other parts of the application to maximize my odds of admission? Right now I'm not very motivated and I wouldn't be able to prepare for the next 2 months. However, I come from an over-represented pool of applicants... 730 is clearly unimpressive.

My profile:
- White male from western Europe
- Business undergrad + Finance MSc in top European schools. GPA 80 percentile of my class aprox. I think it's 3.0 - 3.3 but not sure
- I work in consulting: Business analyst at McKinsey & Company (they'll pay for the MBA hopefully)
- By 2020, I'll have 3 years of full-time work experience and I'll be 26
- No community involvement so far (this will be a priority from now on)

I have over a year left, so I'll have enough time to put together a decent application and apply in round 1. In addition, if it came down to it, I tend to perform well in interviews.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

PS: This is my first post. GMAT Club has been great and I'll surely be a more active participant discussing other elements of the MBA application.
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13 Jun 2018, 13:34
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Hi CRONICSAKE,

Thank you for your post. Although I appreciate your disappointment with your GMAT score, especially when you know you can do better, a 730 score is competitive for the schools you are targetting. The application process requires a lot of details, and the admissions decision will not be based on your GMAT score alone. I recommend you focus your next year on developing the remainder of your application. The schools you are targetting value community involvement, so spend that time developing that part of your background, and any other area that requires additional attention. Be diligent about what you choose to do, however; quality is better than quantity.

If you would like to continue the conversation, please feel free to reach out and schedule a free consultation (contact details in signature).

Good luck!

CRONICSAKE wrote:
Took the test 16 days ago and scored 720 (49Q, 40V, 6IR)... On my GMAT prep tests, I had scored 770 x2, 760, 750 x2, 740... so I knew I could improve. Today I retook the test and scored 730 (49Q, 40V, 8IR), obviously I was hopping for a more significant increase but whatever. Test-related anxiety is probably what explains the discrepancies between the real tests and CATs. I am disappointed because I know that I am very capable of scoring 750+.

So what should I do now? I aim to secure admission to any of the following MBA programs: Harvard, Columbia, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Stanford. Should I strongly consider another retake or focus on other parts of the application to maximize my odds of admission? Right now I'm not very motivated and I wouldn't be able to prepare for the next 2 months. However, I come from an over-represented pool of applicants... 730 is clearly unimpressive.

My profile:
- White male from western Europe
- Business undergrad + Finance MSc in top European schools. GPA 80 percentile of my class aprox. I think it's 3.0 - 3.3 but not sure
- I work in consulting: Business analyst at McKinsey & Company (they'll pay for the MBA hopefully)
- By 2020, I'll have 3 years of full-time work experience and I'll be 26
- No community involvement so far (this will be a priority from now on)

I have over a year left, so I'll have enough time to put together a decent application and apply in round 1. In addition, if it came down to it, I tend to perform well in interviews.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

PS: This is my first post. GMAT Club has been great and I'll surely be a more active participant discussing other elements of the MBA application.

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13 Jun 2018, 13:40
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HI CRONICSAKE

Congratulations on that great score . As you have mentioned the score might not be good as per your standard.... but thee are the kind of scores that motivate many students like me.

I am sure the experts of the GC Community will answer your question.

Congratulations again on the great feet.
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29 Jun 2018, 03:28
CRONICSAKE wrote:
Took the test 16 days ago and scored 720 (49Q, 40V, 6IR)... On my GMAT prep tests, I had scored 770 x2, 760, 750 x2, 740... so I knew I could improve. Today I retook the test and scored 730 (49Q, 40V, 8IR), obviously I was hopping for a more significant increase but whatever. Test-related anxiety is probably what explains the discrepancies between the real tests and CATs. I am disappointed because I know that I am very capable of scoring 750+.

So what should I do now? I aim to secure admission to any of the following MBA programs: Harvard, Columbia, Wharton, Booth, Sloan, Stanford. Should I strongly consider another retake or focus on other parts of the application to maximize my odds of admission? Right now I'm not very motivated and I wouldn't be able to prepare for the next 2 months. However, I come from an over-represented pool of applicants... 730 is clearly unimpressive.

My profile:
- White male from western Europe
- Business undergrad + Finance MSc in top European schools. GPA 80 percentile of my class aprox. I think it's 3.0 - 3.3 but not sure
- I work in consulting: Business analyst at McKinsey & Company (they'll pay for the MBA hopefully)
- By 2020, I'll have 3 years of full-time work experience and I'll be 26
- No community involvement so far (this will be a priority from now on)

I have over a year left, so I'll have enough time to put together a decent application and apply in round 1. In addition, if it came down to it, I tend to perform well in interviews.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

PS: This is my first post. GMAT Club has been great and I'll surely be a more active participant discussing other elements of the MBA application.

Hello CRONICSAKE,

While your GMAT score may not be up to your liking, it is, in all honesty, a pretty decent score and you should not worry about a re-take too much
Ad Coms evaluate profiles holistically. Hence, we strongly recommend that you work towards developing the other aspects of your profile, particularly community involvement, which is perceived as important by the Ad Com.
Further to the above, work on a set of stellar essays which clearly project your career goals and focus on your key strengths, achievements, and career progression.

Hope this helped.

All the best!
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