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06 Aug 2012, 16:10
I am a new GMAT Club member but I have been reading posts on this forum for the past few months as I prepared for the GMAT. With this in mind, I recently took the GMAT and I scored a 710. The score breakdown was:

46 Q (too low?)
40 V
6 AWA
7 IR

But I am debating whether to retake the exam in a couple of months. Should I retake the GMAT and aim for a 720+ with a higher quant score? I am hoping to get into a top MBA program and I've read a high quant score is important.
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06 Aug 2012, 17:18
hardworker12 wrote:
I am a new GMAT Club member but I have been reading posts on this forum for the past few months as I prepared for the GMAT. With this in mind, I recently took the GMAT and I scored a 710. The score breakdown was:

46 Q (too low?)
40 V
6 AWA
7 IR

But I am debating whether to retake the exam in a couple of months. Should I retake the GMAT and aim for a 720+ with a higher quant score? I am hoping to get into a top MBA program and I've read a high quant score is important.
I feel your score is fair enough to make it to any good school provided that you have ability to pitch profile in positive connotations. There could be some biases with higher score candidates, but a higher score at cost of profile presentation and focus on admissions process would not help either.

IMO, if you still see yourself at lower side of ladder, you may re-appear for GMAT, but dont lose focus on admissions process and your profile presentation aspects.
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06 Aug 2012, 19:34
Thank you for your advice joshnsit. I plan to apply for business school in about 3-4 years after I have more work experience, etc. to get the most out of the two years in business school. With this in mind, do you think it's worth taking the GMAT in a month or so before starting my new job and aim for a higher quant score (and overall score) since I will have time to focus on the rest of the application later? Or, is the difference between a 720/730 and a higher quant score from my recent 710 and quant scores not that big of a deal?
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20 Aug 2012, 21:19
retaking the GMAT depends on a lot of factors. most importantly, which programs do you want to attend and what other evidence of intellectual aptitude can you demonstrate? if you have a 4.0 from MIT, your GMAT score is less important (unless it's super low). but if you have average/ below-avg grades from a non-competitive undergrad, a higher GMAT might be needed to offset any perceived lack of quant ability. i wrote this article that might be helpful for your evaluation: http://www.thefirstread.com/should-i-retake-the-gmat/

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25 Aug 2012, 05:44
Normally, I wouldn't advise people to retake the GMAT with a 710. However, you are a few years out before applying for b-school. If it makes you feel more confident going into the application, I don't see why not.
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