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Hello,

I have recently been admitted into Darden's differed admissions program with a 700 GMAT. I have a year and a half before matriculating to Darden, so I am considering retaking the GMAT to either boost my chances of receiving scholarships, or to see if I can get into other programs. My hesitation is if I increase my 700 to 720 or 730, how much more competitive would it make me? In other words, is it worth spending the time and money retaking the GMAT to improve by 20-30 points.

A little more background:
Business Econ undergrad at Kelley with a 3.9 GPA
3 years of experience at Deloitte Services - Engagement Financial Advisor
Manage 1 India counterpart
Average/slightly above average recs & essays

New target schools would be Ross, Kellogg, & Booth.
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New post 02 Dec 2019, 16:29
Hi jomregan,

Thanks for reaching out and congrats on your admissions offer! I think there are a few questions you need to consider...

First and foremost, have you already committed to Darden? If so, then there are potential consquences of reneging on that commitment. At a minimum losing any deposits you put down.

Second, how likely is it that you'll increase your score? (Were you practicing higher? Did you feel like you left points on the table? If yes, then I'd be more tempted to go for a retake, but if you're talking about a big effort to get 20 points, not sure it's worth it).

Third, are there other ways you could improve your profile? I'm not sure that a 20 point increase alone would be enough for a top school like Booth/Kellogg, but with other improvements, it could be.

Lastly, I think you do raise a good point about the scholarships, as it seems that Darden considers you for scholarships both when you apply and when you matriculate. I would reach out to someone at Darden and see what they think. They likely can't give you a definite answer but they might give you a sense of how heavily GMAT is weighted in those decisions. It's also worth thinking about your post-MBA career goals. In certain fields like consulting/banking, GMAT scores are sometimes used to initially screen students for internship interviews, so a higher score could help on that front too. Again, I would check with Darden on this, and see if you can chat with someone in career services.

Hope that helps as you consider what to do next!
Kate



jomregan wrote:
Hello,

I have recently been admitted into Darden's differed admissions program with a 700 GMAT. I have a year and a half before matriculating to Darden, so I am considering retaking the GMAT to either boost my chances of receiving scholarships, or to see if I can get into other programs. My hesitation is if I increase my 700 to 720 or 730, how much more competitive would it make me? In other words, is it worth spending the time and money retaking the GMAT to improve by 20-30 points.

A little more background:
Business Econ undergrad at Kelley with a 3.9 GPA
3 years of experience at Deloitte Services - Engagement Financial Advisor
Manage 1 India counterpart
Average/slightly above average recs & essays

New target schools would be Ross, Kellogg, & Booth.

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