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Hi all, just finished my GMAT (first attempt)! Scored 720: Q47, V41, IR8, AWA most likely 6.
Now, the question... should I retake it? I scored 760 and 740 on GMATPrep CATs, and 710, 720 and 730 on Optimus Prep ones. Recently I Always scored at least Q49...

720 is good, 94th percentile, but will be enough? Especially with that shameful 63rd quant percentile...
I am applying for msc finance in Europe, my priority would be LSE.

Am I crazy to even consider retaking or that 720 may not be enough?


P.s. Does the IR actually count anything? I am super proud of that 8.. do business schools look at it?
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New post 10 Aug 2017, 07:15
First GMAT taken 2 weeks ago: 750 Q47/V47 w/ 5IR and 5AWA

Had a solid GPA in undergrad at state school (3.96 in Finance/Management) I'm aiming for top schools but am concerned my work experience will not be enough: 2 years financial services company (marketing/sales for mortgages & 2 summers of finance internships at fortune 100 company).

I honestly believe that with two weeks I could get Q up to 50 or so, likely boosting my score.

Worthwhile to retake?

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First GMAT taken 2 weeks ago: 750 Q47/V47 w/ 5IR and 5AWA

Had a solid GPA in undergrad at state school (3.96 in Finance/Management) I'm aiming for top schools but am concerned my work experience will not be enough: 2 years financial services company (marketing/sales for mortgages & 2 summers of finance internships at fortune 100 company).

I honestly believe that with two weeks I could get Q up to 50 or so, likely boosting my score.

Worthwhile to retake?

Thanks guys!

Holy crap, congratulations on that 750! And on that great GPA!

It's hard for me to imagine that you NEED to do any better, but if you think you can get a 50, then go out and do it! An eye-popping quant score can only help your case, and in the scheme of the six-figure MBA investment, a couple of weeks + $250 isn't all that huge of a cost. I'd go for it.

The biggest risk -- and it's not much of a risk, really -- is that your verbal score is so magnificently high that one or two more errors might cost you a couple of points, even if you don't do anything differently. But even then, I think schools would (mildly) prefer to see a 50Q/44V than a 47Q/47V. At the very least, it can't hurt to take one or two more shots at the test if you think you can do better.

Let us know what happens! Feel free to tag me if you end up writing a debrief -- I'm always curious to see how these things end up. Good luck with the retake!
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Hi,

Hi considering retaking the GMAT again. I just graduated from a top Ivy with a finance degree but low-ish GPA (3.3). I am now working in finance. Took the gmat just in case.

July 2017: 710 - Q44, V42 (AWA: 6, IR: 6)
August 30 2017: 710 - Q49, V39 (IR: 7)

Practice Exams:
GMAC 1 (End of June 2017): Q49, V38 (710)
GMAC 2 (End of June 2017): Q48, V46 (750)


I ran out of time on Verbal (3 questions) this time around, which I think led me to a lower than expected score. I also ran out of time on the Quant and did not answer 1 question.
Would love input! Thank you!
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Hi considering retaking the GMAT again. I just graduated from a top Ivy with a finance degree but low-ish GPA (3.3). I am now working in finance. Took the gmat just in case.

July 2017: 710 - Q44, V42 (AWA: 6, IR: 6)
August 30 2017: 710 - Q49, V39 (IR: 7)

Practice Exams:
GMAC 1 (End of June 2017): Q49, V38 (710)
GMAC 2 (End of June 2017): Q48, V46 (750)


I ran out of time on Verbal (3 questions) this time around, which I think led me to a lower than expected score. I also ran out of time on the Quant and did not answer 1 question.
Would love input! Thank you!

The GMAT is within ~30 points of your true ability, so I think it's scoring you correctly -- only take it again if you have time to study in a more in-depth manner this time around.

And just out of curiousity, which "top Ivys" have finance degrees? I know HYP don't, and isn't Wharton technically "Economics?"
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The GMAT is within ~30 points of your true ability, so I think it's scoring you correctly -- only take it again if you have time to study in a more in-depth manner this time around.

And just out of curiousity, which "top Ivys" have finance degrees? I know HYP don't, and isn't Wharton technically "Economics?"


Wharton is Econ degree but B.S. versus B.A and offers choice of concentrations (i.e. finance, stat, mktg, etc.)
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The GMAT is within ~30 points of your true ability, so I think it's scoring you correctly -- only take it again if you have time to study in a more in-depth manner this time around.

And just out of curiousity, which "top Ivys" have finance degrees? I know HYP don't, and isn't Wharton technically "Economics?"


Wharton is Econ degree but B.S. versus B.A and offers choice of concentrations (i.e. finance, stat, mktg, etc.)


Understood -- I was rejected by Wharton so I wouldn't know :grin:
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Thank you for the feedback - it does put things into perspective and, by the way, 710 is a great score. Congratulations.
Allow me to remind everyone reading this thread that average gmat score is 540, so even a 650 is a lot better than average.




Thank you so much for sharing it.

Working a job and studying becomes really hard. Plus, thinking about scoring good is stressful.

This post is much needed.
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Hi guys,
Took my GMAT yesterday, scored 740 (q49, v42).
Shall i retake it?

I think my verbal score reflects my true ability. But in quant i scored better in gmat prep exams.
My gmat prep score
1. 760 (50,42)
2. 750 (50, 41)

I know i can definitely score a 50 on my quant and can notch it up for verbal as well.
I belong to the Indian IT Male category. So i want to know if 740 is really competitive considering that? I think i can hit a 760/770 on the retake.
I have a very low GPA (2.7).
Work experience (3 years)
I wish to apply to the top 30 colleges ( have not shortlisted any right now)

If you guys need any other information to help me out with my dilemma, please let me know, i will be happy to provide it.
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I know i can definitely score a 50 on my quant and can notch it up for verbal as well.
I belong to the Indian IT Male category. So i want to know if 740 is really competitive considering that? I think i can hit a 760/770 on the retake.

I think you just answered your own question. :)

Congrats on the 740, and good luck with your retake and applications!!
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blahblahblah73564 wrote:
I know i can definitely score a 50 on my quant and can notch it up for verbal as well.
I belong to the Indian IT Male category. So i want to know if 740 is really competitive considering that? I think i can hit a 760/770 on the retake.

I think you just answered your own question. :)

Congrats on the 740, and good luck with your retake and applications!!


Thanks a lot for your help. I just want to know if a 20/30 point increase will make a difference. I plan to apply in R2 and since time is an issue, should i start to put focus on my applications or will retaking really help me with my chances of getting an admit.
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blahblahblah73564 wrote:

Thanks a lot for your help. I just want to know if a 20/30 point increase will make a difference. I plan to apply in R2 and since time is an issue, should i start to put focus on my applications or will retaking really help me with my chances of getting an admit.

IIT male with a 2.7 GPA? Unfortunately, you're going to need every point you can possibly get on the GMAT. And I'd give this advice to almost anybody: if you're pretty sure that you can increase your score by 20-30 extra points, it's probably worth doing it. With that 2.7, it's definitely worth it.

I hope this helps!
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I just took my GMAT exam and my Score is 690 (V-31,Q-50,IR-8).

I am an Engineer graduate from one of the very reputed college in India with GPA 4. I am working as Linux and VMware administrator with 7 years of experience.

I am targeting Chicago based universities, primarily Booth and Kellog.

Please suggest if I should try for round 2 with this GMAT score or Should I retake the exam?

Looking forward for your suggestions.
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Hi all,

I just took my first GMAT and have a VERY lopsided score (T 710, V48, Q40, IR6). I'm almost 90% that I should retake to try and rebalance the scores especially as I don't have a strong quant background, have not done maths since my first year of my undergrad and have until mid-March before the first round of applications is due for the schools I'm looking at.

Does everyone agreed that I should retake (I'm looking at INSEAD and IE in Europe for reference)? I have 5+ years international experience so think holistically I can make an attractive case but would be really keen to get feedback.

Secondly, if I did have to resit, what should be my approach to studying quant for the next month? Ironically, I spent 10% of the last 2.5 months studying verbal and the rest on quant. I would say I have strong problem solving skills generally but am getting flustered when working on quant questions to time as the overall maths is a bit rusty. I previously kept an error log and tried to focus on my weak points as much as possible but ultimate got thrown by a few tricky questions on test day.

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I just took my first GMAT and have a VERY lopsided score (T 710, V48, Q40, IR6). I'm almost 90% that I should retake to try and rebalance the scores especially as I don't have a strong quant background, have not done maths since my first year of my undergrad and have until mid-March before the first round of applications is due for the schools I'm looking at.

Does everyone agreed that I should retake (I'm looking at INSEAD and IE in Europe for reference)? I have 5+ years international experience so think holistically I can make an attractive case but would be really keen to get feedback.

Secondly, if I did have to resit, what should be my approach to studying quant for the next month? Ironically, I spent 10% of the last 2.5 months studying verbal and the rest on quant. I would say I have strong problem solving skills generally but am getting flustered when working on quant questions to time as the overall maths is a bit rusty. I previously kept an error log and tried to focus on my weak points as much as possible but ultimate got thrown by a few tricky questions on test day.

Thanks in advance!

Whoa, congrats on that killer verbal score! Any chance you could bottle that up and send it to some of our suffering pals in the verbal forum? ;)

And yeah, you'll almost certainly need to retake. Schools might be legitimately worried about your ability to handle the quantitative coursework with a 40Q, unfortunately. The 710 composite is probably fine, but they'll want some reassurance of quant skill.

If you only have a month to study, you might want to seriously consider hiring a tutor to help you jump-start the process. I also suspect that one of the titans of the GMAT Club quant forum have constructed a quant study plan for folks in your situation. (Bunuel or souvik101990, could I trouble one of you to point her in the right direction for a one-month quant crash course?)

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Hi,

I just took my GMAT exam and my Score is 690 (V-31,Q-50,IR-8).

I am an Engineer graduate from one of the very reputed college in India with GPA 4. I am working as Linux and VMware administrator with 7 years of experience.

I am targeting Chicago based universities, primarily Booth and Kellog.

Please suggest if I should try for round 2 with this GMAT score or Should I retake the exam?

Looking forward for your suggestions.
Thank you!!

Congrats on the killer quant score!

You just said two magic words: "engineer" and "India." Unless you walk on water, you'll need to score much higher than a 690 -- and if anybody tells you otherwise, check your wallet. Sorry for the bad news. :?

Plenty of determined GMAT Club members have made the leap on verbal, though. Check out this one for inspiration: https://gmatclub.com/forum/abhimahna-s- ... 49109.html

Good luck to you both!
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Hi everyone! I took GMAT abot a month ago and got 700 (Q 46, V 40) but since I plan to apply for top B-schools I want to retake it in less than a month. Would be grateful if you could advise on how I should study to improve the score to at least 740+, especially in quant. I also have a problem with timing on quant part and would like to hear about time saving strategies.
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Hi guys. I have been studying for the test for several months. My method was: attending a class (but not really gained much from it due to lack of question practice), and later doing official questions and reviewing the answers, and studying MGMAT books, especially the Quant books as I am quite weak at Quant. I only found the SC book helpful in the Idioms part as I originally thought my verbal foundation was not bad. Among 3 parts of verbal, I consider my CR strongest as my accuracy rate was usually the highest. And I almost did not practice RC at all, which I regret as I do practice tests and realized I constantly struggled with long & technical passages.
In preparation of the real test, I did 5 out of 6 GMATPrep tests including the additional packs. The very 1st one was taken before I started studying for the test so I would not count it.

My results for the other 4 were: 700, 710, 700, and 570; according to the time order from before to after. In the first 3, my Verbal were ranging from 37 to 39, Quant 47-49. In the last one, my Verbal was brought down shockingly to 25 and my Quant to 45.

I thought the first 3 tests were correctly reflecting my constant level yet the shocking result of the last test brought me down to earth. I recognized 2 things from the 4st test: my Verbal performance was fluctuating greatly, indicating I might have some fundamental flaws either in SC knowledge or RC strategies; and my overall test strategies were inconsistent. When I am given a difficult question I would dwell on it for too long and thus become panic later seeing difficult questions with little time remaining.

After doing the real test yesterday, I got 630, Q47, V30. Shocked as I was at the score, I somehow predicted it already especially for V as my performance was all over the place. I made the same strategy mistakes and I can see the latter questions were not in the high difficulty level. I always put too much time for the first 10ish questions as I was afraid getting any wrong would bring down my score, thus lacking time for the last questions.

Now, what should I do to improve? Am I in a verbal crisis and should fundamentally relearn everything or taking a course like Magoosh/eGMAT to learn how to correctly approach a question? And how can I improve my test strategy efficiency/ maintain a consistent mental status when doing the test?

I would love to hear your advices, especially people who struggled with the 1st attempt but beat the test afterwards. Thank you.

(By the way, kind of irrelevant but I just found out that GMATNinja 's content is extremely helpful! His style of explanation is so clear and easy to understand. I wish I had known about him sooner, I guess my approach to solving questions would have improved.)
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Thank you for the feedback - it does put things into perspective and, by the way, 710 is a great score. Congratulations.
Allow me to remind everyone reading this thread that average gmat score is 540, so even a 650 is a lot better than average.


I don't think that the typical GMAT taker that searches through the internets and finds forums discussing every nook and crany of one single test is the type of person that thinks average is acceptable. But, thanks for the sympathy compliment nonetheless.

You are right , the GMAT exam question doesn't come from a BBS or website
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Hi guys,

I wrote the GMAT for the first time 3 weeks ago and got a 700 (Q47, V38, IR8, AWA5). I only studied quant because diagnostic tests suggested it was my clear weakness, and that was on and off for 6 weeks in ad hoc fashion. Based on my ESR, SC is holding me back from getting a V43-45 (it's considerably lower than my CR and RC), and I believe that I can push my quant to at least 49 with a more disciplined study regimen.

I studied at a small Canadian school (commerce degree) and have a poor GPA, so I'm wondering if it's worth retaking the GMAT as a matter of improving the academic side of my applications. I begin full time work soon, so any applications would be for 2019 at the earliest.

Any advice would be highly appreciated!
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I wrote the GMAT for the first time 3 weeks ago and got a 700 (Q47, V38, IR8, AWA5). I only studied quant because diagnostic tests suggested it was my clear weakness, and that was on and off for 6 weeks in ad hoc fashion. Based on my ESR, SC is holding me back from getting a V43-45 (it's considerably lower than my CR and RC), and I believe that I can push my quant to at least 49 with a more disciplined study regimen.

I studied at a small Canadian school (commerce degree) and have a poor GPA, so I'm wondering if it's worth retaking the GMAT as a matter of improving the academic side of my applications. I begin full time work soon, so any applications would be for 2019 at the earliest.

Any advice would be highly appreciated!

If your username is a reference to a certain orange-haired fellow, then that's pretty funny. :)

Three different thoughts about retaking:

  • In general, if you think you can improve your score, why not do it? You're saying that your studying wasn't consistent, and you think you can get a 49... and I'd argue that SC is the most learnable part of GMAT verbal. So you're leaving points on the table right now. Might as well go get them, right?
  • Depending on where you want to get your MBA, the score might be fine the way it is. You're in the range for pretty much any Canadian school, for example; if you're targeting elite (say, top-15) U.S. programs, then a 700 + low GPA + relatively unknown undergrad program probably won't do the trick.
  • #covfefe (Ignore this bullet if I've misinterpreted your username. :grin:)

It doesn't sound like you have much reason NOT to retake, but if your MBA goals are relatively modest, then you might be fine.

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