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14 Jul 2008, 08:19
Hi guys,
I have a small dilemma. I basically bombed the quant section of the GMAT. I’ve realized that tricks like plugging in, etc. aren’t going to cut it for this exam and that I am really lacking in the quant department. My goal is to get into a business PhD but my math background is not nearly as extensive as the other profiles on here.
So here’s my dilemma, should I try to take a refresher algebra course in the fall re-take the GMAT and apply this year, or wait until next year to apply and take math courses at the local university throughout the year and build up my resume. The issue is, if I wait until next year to apply I’ll be 31...so I’m asking the experts here if my profile will look better if I take a refresher algebra class and bust to get apps in by January and re-take the GMAT or wait a year and focus on taking math classes which will probably increase my GMAT score and make me more competitive.

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14 Jul 2008, 08:31
If you don't mind posting it, what was your split scores? If you get a great Verbal score, but your quant is lower and your overall score is still great on the retake, then taking an extra college math course (and work your tail off to get an A in it too) could be enough to prevent the adcom from thinking you lack the quant ability. Just my take on it. I'm certainly no admissions guru.
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14 Jul 2008, 20:35
I think the amount of math that will be required of you in a PhD program can be pretty formidable... more than most people expect, so taking additional courses is a good idea.

From what I can glean, most schools are looking for you to have taken Calc I & II as well as linear algebra (which has Calc III as a pre req). These classes will form the basis for probability theory and thus inferential statistics, which you will use throughout your career as a researcher. None of these classes will help you on the GMAT per se, but if you can get through all of them you should be able to bump up your Quant score a bit...

the bad news is that these classes are pretty rough. good news is that once you move on to higher maths you will learn a new way of looking at the world.

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15 Jul 2008, 20:49
Just to throw another wrench into this.... but have you considered taking the GRE instead? Most business PhD programs accept GRE scores, and depending on which program you apply to, even prefer GRE scores. The quant section is also easier on the GRE.

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