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04 Dec 2013, 22:36
Hi,

I just took the GMAT with little to no preparation. I scored a total of 670 and it is absolutely imbalanced.

- 4 IR
- 42 quant (51 percentile)
- Verbal I don't remember exactly but 90 percentile

I am applying only for GSB and of course I consider retaking it but I really really really don't want to. Here are my thoughts:

- Quant is terrible but it is because I didn't remember all the rules and properties. I did good at math (A's) in university, took logic classes (A's) and did
a very analytical test to get into my university for my bachelor degree in Europe where I scored in the top 5% out of 500 people. So I think I can make it believable that I am not stupid/can follow math heavy classes

- also I am working and really don't have much time to prepare the GMAT. So my worry is that if I retake and don't improve my score enough it will look really bad. At least now I can say I did not have the time to prepare but I have a good track record of math

On the other hand it would of course be better to score a 730 or better.

So, retake or no?

Thank you so much for your help!
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09 Dec 2013, 14:01
Hi Simon,

Thanks for posting, and sorry to hear your GMAT was not what you had hoped. Certainly you need to do what you have to do personally, in terms of ability to re-take or not, but it will be very difficult to get into Stanford GSB with your current score. Even with the explanations you have cited. Just being honest... they get so many strong applicants with great scores, so it's tough for them to justify accepting someone with a much lower score unless there are extremely exceptional circumstances. Also, Stanford's class is particularly small compared with other top programs, so it's that much more selective/competitive, and they tend to have the highest GMAT average of all programs.

Schools will take the highest score, so there's not too much to lose by re-taking. And some admissions officers have even indicated that they'd rather see a candidate try again than appear to 'give up' so to speak, so it's not a bad idea to consider one more try with some preparation.

As someone who taught and tutored GMAT prep for most of 10 years, I will also say that generally it tends to be easier to bump up the quant side of things than verbal, so if you get some help remembering that math content, you could see a good boost.

Good luck to you!
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