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Ok, before you all beat me up for this, let me just say that in my GMATPREP tests I was consistently getting between 730-750... My actual score was 720: Q45 V45 (72%, 98% - overall 94%). This q score is a tad low for me, and this is my lowest verbal so far...have been getting 49s and even got a 51 once. The quant felt very weird to me and I'm not sure if this was a fluke or if the GMAT is now just different than the Prep software.
Here's the issue: I'm applying to H/W and while I had a killer undergrad GPA (3.9) it wasn't at an impressive school. I'm a liberal arts person and I wanted that high GMAT so I could show that I still have the chops. Also, my background is in start-ups and while I've gotten great experience and responsibility, I have no major names (employers or schools) in my profile.
I do have a very unique profile and a clear set of goals for b-school, but I fear that an "average" GMAT score (for these schools, anyway) might be detrimental for me. If I'd gotten, say, a 740 or 750, the schools would probably be quicker to look favorably on my unconventional elements. Agree? Disagree?
I'm applying R2 and still need to work on essays, so the question is, should I (with minimal studying) retake the exam and see if that one goes better? Or should I just concentrate on my essays and force myself to shut up and get over it?
(ps- I don't know if this makes a difference, but I'm female)
I'm not expert on this but anything above 700 is pretty good for applying any top school. If you can get stellar recommendations and prepare impressive SOPs, I feel you'll get through.
With a 720,there's no point in retaking the GMAT . GMAT Is just one of the many factors the schools take into account. So even if you end up getting a 740 or 760, you may only have a slight advantage vis-a-vis where you're now. Focus on your essays and try to write the best essays you can.
I got Q51 in the last 4 of my mock tests with time to spare and scored 750 and 760 in the last 2. Even then just before I got the score in the actual GMAT, I decided that I would be happy with any score above 730 (median for H/S and that's because I had a "poor" GPA) even though I had plans to apply to the top schools. Because you have a super GPA, I guess 720 is not such a bad score. Does your WE involve quant heavy stuff BTW?
just to be fair there are a lot of others who got 720s and went ahead to retake - some got what they wanted while some got lower. It is really up to you and if you aiming for H/W then you really might want a GMAT push to retake... but it is up to you really.
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