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New post 23 Mar 2018, 12:51
Hi everyone,

I realize that this is a GMAT prep page, but have been waitlisted at Darden and tbd on Johnson. I have a low GRE quant score (and honestly haven’t studied too much). I have a feeling that my schools are going to ask me to retake GRE to get off the waitlist. I have an admit to another masters program at UVA that blends well with my MBA. How crazy would it be to quit job at end of April (like I planned for MBA) and study like crazy to retake test? If I did, how much would you dedicate to studying for the month?


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trav2020 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I realize that this is a GMAT prep page, but have been waitlisted at Darden and tbd on Johnson. I have a low GRE quant score (and honestly haven’t studied too much). I have a feeling that my schools are going to ask me to retake GRE to get off the waitlist. I have an admit to another masters program at UVA that blends well with my MBA. How crazy would it be to quit job at end of April (like I planned for MBA) and study like crazy to retake test? If I did, how much would you dedicate to studying for the month?
Are you planning to quit your job just to study for the exam?
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trav2020 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I realize that this is a GMAT prep page, but have been waitlisted at Darden and tbd on Johnson. I have a low GRE quant score (and honestly haven’t studied too much). I have a feeling that my schools are going to ask me to retake GRE to get off the waitlist. I have an admit to another masters program at UVA that blends well with my MBA. How crazy would it be to quit job at end of April (like I planned for MBA) and study like crazy to retake test? If I did, how much would you dedicate to studying for the month?


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If you are quitting your job anyway to go join the UVA program, then i think its a good idea to study for GMAT during that period. If its only to study, then I would recommend you take leave, even unpaid one, to study, but don't quit your job. Both Darden and Cornell are excellent programs and I think the additional effort is the right way to go considering the expected reward at the end of it.

That said, you would want to be sure that its not too late for you to retake GMAT, i.e. you are still kept in the waiting list and are still in the fray for the MBA seat.
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New post 24 Mar 2018, 01:01
Hello trav2020

You pursue the master degree once in a lifetime and some sacrifices are totally worthy of it. A significant improvement on GMAT, together with a revised informal statement to the admission committee, can definitely portray your attitude as well seriousness for the program. Whether the waitlist will convert, nobody knows...but the approach is fine.

Remember that the GMAT (or GRE) score is also a factor on your CV when you apply for jobs during the program. Hence, the effort may be worth it.

Where I have a bit hesitation is on leaving the job for the prep; see if you can study alongside the job to not lose on ~4 months experience; however, if quitting the job is the only way you see, go with your calling.

There isn't a 'right' or 'wrong' decision here. But yes, we each must try! :)

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trav2020 wrote:
Hi everyone,

I realize that this is a GMAT prep page, but have been waitlisted at Darden and tbd on Johnson. I have a low GRE quant score (and honestly haven’t studied too much). I have a feeling that my schools are going to ask me to retake GRE to get off the waitlist. I have an admit to another masters program at UVA that blends well with my MBA. How crazy would it be to quit job at end of April (like I planned for MBA) and study like crazy to retake test? If I did, how much would you dedicate to studying for the month?


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