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Should I retake? 730 - Q45,V46

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Hello,

First a thank you to everyone on this forum. This forum was key in my preparation and has been a good source of support throughout the process. See below for overview of my question. Thank you everyone for your insight!

Summary: I took the GMAT and got a 730. My diagnostic was 700, but quant was a 40 and 52nd percentile (surprising given my 45 is 59th percentile, but I digress). I was hoping for better outcome given the strong starting point but.. My quant is low and I'm wondering if I should retake, particularly if I think it's possible I won't get over 760 (I read elsewhere you want at least 30 higher).

Process and goals: I studied for ~100 hours for 5 weeks with (I think) a decent strategy. I focused almost entirely on quant. I plan to apply to the top business schools, where my overall score is around average.

Issue: The issue is my 45 on Quant. The score is below what I have received in practice tests (46-47). For my verbal - I generally received higher in practice tests. Moreover, the person next to me was fairly noisy and - despite my complaint to the test admin - continued distracting me the entire VERBAL section. I did not answer the last verbal question. The key issue is that my quant is listed as 59th percentile on the report. I'm worried the business schools I plan to apply to will have an allergic reaction to the tens digit "5" in quant percentile.

Additional context on my app background: I took no math classes in college so there's no dice there on them believing I'm good at math. However, I am at a MBB firm currently. Historically, I am not bad at math - I've gotten >90% in math in every previous standardized test (although I realize this is a different beast). I have a lot of time before admissions and the tradeoff of time to application prep applies less. Should I retake?

Sorry if this is a bit disorganized - I just got out of the test and am still somewhat shaken by the whole thing.

Key extra point - I had scored 46/47 on quant fairly reliably on practice tests, so this score is not so far off. If I had read the 80/80 thing I might have reconsidered taking the test with that, but I thought it was fine and was hoping for a 47 (most recent score after a final week of push). I read about 80/80 today while reviewing posts about retaking and am now concerned.
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Hi Amanda12345,

First off, a 730 is an outstanding score (it's well above the 90th percentile overall), so you can apply to any Business Schools that interest you. While a Q45 won't 'impress' anyone, it would only be an issue at highly competitive Finance Programs or other Specialty Programs. As such, a retest is likely not necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

If you do choose to retest - and again, I want to stress that that is likely not necessary - then you can feel free to PM me and we can discuss how to best improve the Q45.

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New post 14 Feb 2017, 18:07
730 is an excellent score. If you can improve your math score then you should do it again.
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New post 14 Feb 2017, 20:33
First, congrats on scoring 730. It's a great score, I don't think you should worry to much about your quant.
However, if you have a lot of time before the application deadline, I would suggest that you retake the test.
Good luck on you future application and the GMAT (if you decide to retake) !
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New post 16 Feb 2017, 15:58
Hi everyone,

Thanks for your helpful perspectives! I'm still a bit torn on applying... I'm going to take your suggestion Rich and head on over to the admissions expert forum.

Appreciate your help :)
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Amanda12345 wrote:
Hello,

First a thank you to everyone on this forum. This forum was key in my preparation and has been a good source of support throughout the process. See below for overview of my question. Thank you everyone for your insight!

Summary: I took the GMAT and got a 730. My diagnostic was 700, but quant was a 40 and 52nd percentile (surprising given my 45 is 59th percentile, but I digress). I was hoping for better outcome given the strong starting point but.. My quant is low and I'm wondering if I should retake, particularly if I think it's possible I won't get over 760 (I read elsewhere you want at least 30 higher).

Process and goals: I studied for ~100 hours for 5 weeks with (I think) a decent strategy. I focused almost entirely on quant. I plan to apply to the top business schools, where my overall score is around average.

Issue: The issue is my 45 on Quant. The score is below what I have received in practice tests (46-47). For my verbal - I generally received higher in practice tests. Moreover, the person next to me was fairly noisy and - despite my complaint to the test admin - continued distracting me the entire VERBAL section. I did not answer the last verbal question. The key issue is that my quant is listed as 59th percentile on the report. I'm worried the business schools I plan to apply to will have an allergic reaction to the tens digit "5" in quant percentile.

Additional context on my app background: I took no math classes in college so there's no dice there on them believing I'm good at math. However, I am at a MBB firm currently. Historically, I am not bad at math - I've gotten >90% in math in every previous standardized test (although I realize this is a different beast). I have a lot of time before admissions and the tradeoff of time to application prep applies less. Should I retake?

Sorry if this is a bit disorganized - I just got out of the test and am still somewhat shaken by the whole thing.

Key extra point - I had scored 46/47 on quant fairly reliably on practice tests, so this score is not so far off. If I had read the 80/80 thing I might have reconsidered taking the test with that, but I thought it was fine and was hoping for a 47 (most recent score after a final week of push). I read about 80/80 today while reviewing posts about retaking and am now concerned.


Nice job! 740 is a very high score- I wouldn't retake it.
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New post 23 Mar 2018, 11:10
You should definitely retake. If you're at an MBB I imagine you're shooting for H/S/W. The quant score is just not high enough. IMO not all 730's are equal.

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