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Should I retake the GMAT - 760 (50Q, 42V, 8IR, ? AWA)

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Before you write my post off as a troll, please hear me out. I just took the GMAT yesterday and got a 760 (50Q, 42V, 8IR, ?AWA). While I am pretty happy with the score, I feel like I could have done a lot better.

My GMAT Prep practice scores were as follows:
- GMATPrep 1: 740 (48Q, 44V) - took this cold with absolutely no prep
- GMATPrep 2: 750 (48Q, 45V) - took this after 2ish weeks of prep
- GMATPrep 3: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 1 week before exam
- GMATPrep 4: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 2 days before exam

What's worrying to me is my verbal score was two points lower than any of my practice tests, which I feel like could definitely be improved. I attributed this to me taking too much time on earlier questions - I spent 4 min individually on multiple verbal questions and had to do the last 10 questions in 8 minutes. I firmly believe that had my timing been on point for verbal, I would have at least scored 44-45V, if not higher.

Because of all of these factors, I'm thinking about retaking the exam. I feel like a 770 is very doable for me on a retake, a 780 less so (but could still happen on a good day). Do you guys think I should retake? The only thing I'm worried about is adcoms thinking that I'm too anal about a score, especially if I retake a 760 to only get a 10 point improvement

Cost is not an issue, as I am at an MBB that pays for all GMAT prep. I feel like my GMAT score is of extra importance given the fact that I am an Asian male targeting M7 schools (particularly H/S/W) - not sure if this matters at all.
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Hello ocbdcdb .... wolcome to the community. AND congratulations on such a steller score :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

GMAC says that your performance on th test day is with in the range of +/-30 of your actual ability. So the range is 730-790 . The same is evident from your mocks as well.
Moreover you seem to be confident at your ability to do better. Although 760 is more than enough for your stated targets, if I were you I would definitely take the exam again.

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ocbdcdb wrote:
Before you write my post off as a troll, please hear me out. I just took the GMAT yesterday and got a 760 (50Q, 42V, 8IR, ?AWA). While I am pretty happy with the score, I feel like I could have done a lot better.

My GMAT Prep practice scores were as follows:
- GMATPrep 1: 740 (48Q, 44V) - took this cold with absolutely no prep
- GMATPrep 2: 750 (48Q, 45V) - took this after 2ish weeks of prep
- GMATPrep 3: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 1 week before exam
- GMATPrep 4: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 2 days before exam

What's worrying to me is my verbal score was two points lower than any of my practice tests, which I feel like could definitely be improved. I attributed this to me taking too much time on earlier questions - I spent 4 min individually on multiple verbal questions and had to do the last 10 questions in 8 minutes. I firmly believe that had my timing been on point for verbal, I would have at least scored 44-45V, if not higher.

Because of all of these factors, I'm thinking about retaking the exam. I feel like a 770 is very doable for me on a retake, a 780 less so (but could still happen on a good day). Do you guys think I should retake? The only thing I'm worried about is adcoms thinking that I'm too anal about a score, especially if I retake a 760 to only get a 10 point improvement

Cost is not an issue, as I am at an MBB that pays for all GMAT prep. I feel like my GMAT score is of extra importance given the fact that I am an Asian male targeting M7 schools (particularly H/S/W) - not sure if this matters at all.



Hello ocbdcdb

Your score is already awesome :thumbup:

Scoring 770 or 780 would not make any difference.

The Stanford average GMAT score of accepted students is 732 and that is highest of all M7.

You are already pretty much above that.


You should ask yourself, since that is average score, what was so interesting about people who were accepted at Stanford with scores that were below 700 for instance ?

All admission committees evaluate your profile holistically and you should start spending time on other aspects of your application.

Work on personal essay as most important one, recommendation letters etc.


Good Luck with H S W ! :geek: :cool:
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ocbdcdb wrote:
Before you write my post off as a troll, please hear me out. I just took the GMAT yesterday and got a 760 (50Q, 42V, 8IR, ?AWA). While I am pretty happy with the score, I feel like I could have done a lot better.

My GMAT Prep practice scores were as follows:
- GMATPrep 1: 740 (48Q, 44V) - took this cold with absolutely no prep
- GMATPrep 2: 750 (48Q, 45V) - took this after 2ish weeks of prep
- GMATPrep 3: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 1 week before exam
- GMATPrep 4: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 2 days before exam

What's worrying to me is my verbal score was two points lower than any of my practice tests, which I feel like could definitely be improved. I attributed this to me taking too much time on earlier questions - I spent 4 min individually on multiple verbal questions and had to do the last 10 questions in 8 minutes. I firmly believe that had my timing been on point for verbal, I would have at least scored 44-45V, if not higher.

Because of all of these factors, I'm thinking about retaking the exam. I feel like a 770 is very doable for me on a retake, a 780 less so (but could still happen on a good day). Do you guys think I should retake? The only thing I'm worried about is adcoms thinking that I'm too anal about a score, especially if I retake a 760 to only get a 10 point improvement

Cost is not an issue, as I am at an MBB that pays for all GMAT prep. I feel like my GMAT score is of extra importance given the fact that I am an Asian male targeting M7 schools (particularly H/S/W) - not sure if this matters at all.


You have done really well and I want to congratulate you!!
Please note that GMAT is just the only aspect in your application while there are many more things you need to look at e.g essays, SOPs, your interview and all. I think you should focus on the latter aspect bow. Please look forward to the following link
https://magoosh.com/gmat/2016/whats-a-good-gmat-score/
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ocbdcdb wrote:
Before you write my post off as a troll, please hear me out. I just took the GMAT yesterday and got a 760 (50Q, 42V, 8IR, ?AWA). While I am pretty happy with the score, I feel like I could have done a lot better.

My GMAT Prep practice scores were as follows:
- GMATPrep 1: 740 (48Q, 44V) - took this cold with absolutely no prep
- GMATPrep 2: 750 (48Q, 45V) - took this after 2ish weeks of prep
- GMATPrep 3: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 1 week before exam
- GMATPrep 4: 770 (50Q, 44V) - 2 days before exam

What's worrying to me is my verbal score was two points lower than any of my practice tests, which I feel like could definitely be improved. I attributed this to me taking too much time on earlier questions - I spent 4 min individually on multiple verbal questions and had to do the last 10 questions in 8 minutes. I firmly believe that had my timing been on point for verbal, I would have at least scored 44-45V, if not higher.

Because of all of these factors, I'm thinking about retaking the exam. I feel like a 770 is very doable for me on a retake, a 780 less so (but could still happen on a good day). Do you guys think I should retake? The only thing I'm worried about is adcoms thinking that I'm too anal about a score, especially if I retake a 760 to only get a 10 point improvement

Cost is not an issue, as I am at an MBB that pays for all GMAT prep. I feel like my GMAT score is of extra importance given the fact that I am an Asian male targeting M7 schools (particularly H/S/W) - not sure if this matters at all.


760 is a premium score; therefore I want to congratulate you.

Whatever you decide, I want to wish you all the very best for your future endeavors.
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Hi ocbdcdb,

I agree with much of what has been said. I think you are set with a 750!

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ocbdcdb wrote:

Because of all of these factors, I'm thinking about retaking the exam. I feel like a 770 is very doable for me on a retake, a 780 less so (but could still happen on a good day). Do you guys think I should retake? The only thing I'm worried about is adcoms thinking that I'm too anal about a score, especially if I retake a 760 to only get a 10 point improvement

Cost is not an issue, as I am at an MBB that pays for all GMAT prep. I feel like my GMAT score is of extra importance given the fact that I am an Asian male targeting M7 schools (particularly H/S/W) - not sure if this matters at all.

Getting 760 is not so easy. You get it because of hard working. If you don't practice GMAT regularly, then you can't get this extra-ordinary score in future. So, as you've recent practice on GMAT your should try to get a higher score as cost is not problem to you.
There's not the big gap in between 760 and 780 in application process, probably. But, you should try for higher score if you wanna be a perfectionist!
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