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Scored 710 - should I retake a third time

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I took the GMAT in June and scored a 710 (Q46, V42). On my last four official GMAT practice tests I had scored 730 2x and 740 2x, all of which had quantitative scores of 48+. So, I was disapointed with the result and its below average for my top choice (Wharton).

I scheduled a retake of the exam for July and with the intent to only study quant ahead of my retake. Unfortunately, I got very busy with work during that time and went into the test feeling underprepared and stressed. I ended up scoring lower in both quant and verbal and cancelled my exam. Although I know 710 is a good score, I'm worried that my overall score and particularly quant are too low for a school like Wharton.

I'm planning to apply to schools R1 and will use the time between now and R1 deadlines to focus on crafting my applications. That being said, I have been wondering if it's worth it to retake the test cold with minimal prep to see if I can improve my score. If I perform worse, I could simply cancel the score again. So my question is, would retaking the exam for a third time have any negative affects aside from paying the additional $250?
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johnjodonnell4 - Welcome to GMAT Club! Congratulations on getting a 710 score on the GMAT. You should immediately purchase the ESR; the ESR will provide some great insights on your sub-sectional performance, including timing. A score of 710 shows that you have strong concept clarity. Therefore, you need to only fine-tune certain areas to increase your score to the mid-700 level. At this time, you have to focus on your weaknesses and eliminate them one by one.

That said, I would recommend that you review an excellent forum post on retake plan.

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Hi johnjodonnell4,

First off, a 710/Q46 is an outstanding Score, so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. While a Q46 won't 'impress' anyone, it's still a relatively strong performance (and if you get rejected from Wharton, then it will likely not be because of that sub-Score). This is meant to say that a retest is probably not necessary. There's no harm in the attempt though (as you noted, if you end up with a result that you're not happy with, then you can simply 'cancel' the Score and no one will ever know about it).

Since you're interested in at least one highly-competitive School, you'll need a high GMAT Score (which you have), a strong OVERALL profile and you'll need to properly 'market yourself' to each individual Program that you apply to. As such, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

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