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Looking for some quick decision making help here:

I have a 710 gmat (second attempt) and was waitlisted from 2 top ten schools two years in a row.
I'm applying to MIT and Columbia in R2 and hoping to come off waitlist at the other 2 schools mentioned above.
Im retaking the GMAT in 2 days in order to score a 730+ ... this would put me above the average of each of the schools I'm targetting.

I feel confident in my prep, but just want to have a contingency plan:

If i score 710 or less on this GMAT, I'm going to cancel the score (and probably take again).
If I score 730 or more, I'm going to keep it (and be happy).

If I score 720.. what should I do?

I know it sounds silly to quibble over 10 points, BUT, I want to be as strong as possible when I apply; I sincerely think being below a school's average gmat score is one thing holding me back. This will also be my third attempt.

I'm leaning towards cancelling the 720 if I get it, and retaking the gmat again in hopes of breaking 730.

Thoughts?
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New post 25 Dec 2017, 23:09
@urbanac, why wouldn't you keep the 720? It's higher than a 710 and while not a massive Improvement will put you in a better place with your applications, if you've already applied/ decided to apply. I would also encourage you to take a critical eye to your application materials and to be quite honest get a professional opinion on those. Most applicants who have been wait-listed point to their test score because it's the one objective criteria that they can compare against the average, however they don't have the ability to compare their CV against the average. And even if they could would not have much of a clue on what separates good from great. Every single time I have looked an application for someone who's been wait-listed who doesn't have a GMAT that's like 50+ points below the average, the application tells the tale entirely.

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MBAPrepCoach wrote:
@urbanac, why wouldn't you keep the 720? It's higher than a 710 and while not a massive Improvement will put you in a better place with your applications, if you've already applied/ decided to apply. I would also encourage you to take a critical eye to your application materials and to be quite honest get a professional opinion on those. Most applicants who have been wait-listed point to their test score because it's the one objective criteria that they can compare against the average, however they don't have the ability to compare their CV against the average. And even if they could would not have much of a clue on what separates good from great. Every single time I have looked an application for someone who's been wait-listed who doesn't have a GMAT that's like 50+ points below the average, the application tells the tale entirely.

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Brilliant observation Farrell,
Enhancing the rest of the application generally, and the resume and essays specifically may indeed give a better ROI.

One last point, Urbanac: Don't forget that MBA program in a good school is just one of the means to get to your Goals faster. Dont' obsess so much about the schools X, Y & Z that you start confusing your actual goals with your means.
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