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Should I retake? Low Quant, high Verbal.

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Hi there,

I just took the GMAT for the first time yesterday and I don't know whether or not to retake it.

I got a 650 Q36, V41, IR8. My verbal and IR scores are in the 92% and my quant is in the 29%. I studied for over 110 hours for the test, and primarily studied quant. My quant score on all four practice exams I took were in the 35-45%, which was better than on the actual test. Math is not my strong suit, but nonetheless I don't think I did as well on the quant as I am capable of doing.

My first choice school's average is 690 (my second choice schools average 660 so it's really just my first choice that I need to retake for). So, I could invest in tutoring over the next month and retake the exam. Or I could go with 650 and present other selling points to sort of counteract the low quant score (I.e. experience crafting and analyzing organizational budgets, 3.8 GPA, A's in undergraduate courses such as Statistics, Financial Accounting, and Scientific Reasoning).

Any thoughts/experience would be helpful!
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Hi sadieelliott.

From what I have seen, some schools may question an applicant's readiness to handle the quantitative aspects of the school's curriculum if the applicant scores below 40 on the quant section of the GMAT. Not all would, but many would. In fact, some schools would prefer to see a GMAT quant score in the mid 40's.

At the same time, there are multiple aspects to an application, and further, I have seen someone who scored Q38 make a deal with a school such that they accepted her on the condition that she take a quant heavy course before attending and get a high grade in that course.

So, really, the answer to whether you should retake partly depends on the schools to which you plan to apply. They may be fine with Q36, or that score might make getting accepted rather challenging. It may make sense to do some research or to contact the schools to find out.

At the same time, the truth is that, even for someone who has not historically been strong in math, driving up your GMAT quant score can be pretty straightforward. You just work topic by topic, strengthening weaker areas by learning all about how to answer a particular type of question and then answering dozens of questions of that type, and, basically, drive your expected quant score up point by point. By using that approach, you could drive your quant score up to whatever level you would want to drive it up to. Yes, time is a factor, but in theory at least, you could score 51 in quant by just learning one thing after another.

I'll add that increasing a quant score is easier for most people than increasing a verbal score. So, with your already strong verbal score, you are well positioned to score high on the GMAT.

If you decide to retake, you could get a sense of how to drive up your quant score by reading this post, which explains in detail how to do so. How To Increase Your GMAT Quant Score
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New post 07 Feb 2019, 21:27
Hi sadieelliott,

First off, a 650 is a strong score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. Certain Programs place a greater emphasis on an applicant's Quant Scaled Score though - and a Q36 won't impress anyone. You're ultimately asking Admissions questions though, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

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

If you do choose to retest, it would help to know a bit more about your prior studies before you try to jump into a new Study Plan:

Studies:
1) How many weeks/months have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
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I would recommend giving it another shot because the Q score can easily be improved in a few weeks. I tried TTP's course for 5 days (free trial) and absolutely loved it! The only reason why I did not extend it was because of the fee.

If you're ok with the fee then I am certain that you will get a better quant score.

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sadieelliott wrote:
Hi there,

I just took the GMAT for the first time yesterday and I don't know whether or not to retake it.

I got a 650 Q36, V41, IR8. My verbal and IR scores are in the 92% and my quant is in the 29%. I studied for over 110 hours for the test, and primarily studied quant. My quant score on all four practice exams I took were in the 35-45%, which was better than on the actual test. Math is not my strong suit, but nonetheless I don't think I did as well on the quant as I am capable of doing.

My first choice school's average is 690 (my second choice schools average 660 so it's really just my first choice that I need to retake for). So, I could invest in tutoring over the next month and retake the exam. Or I could go with 650 and present other selling points to sort of counteract the low quant score (I.e. experience crafting and analyzing organizational budgets, 3.8 GPA, A's in undergraduate courses such as Statistics, Financial Accounting, and Scientific Reasoning).

Any thoughts/experience would be helpful!


Hello

Your retake decision depends on

1. Your Target Overall Score
2. Your Target Quant Score
3. Your Target program's Medium GMAT Score
4. Your Target School's Focus (whether verbal or quant)

Overall Q36 is a low quant score and by improving it to by Q46. Your Total GMAT Score will be improved a lot.

Best of luck.
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Hi all,

Thank you so much for your responses. I appreciate the time you took in giving your feedback! I've decided to get tutoring and re-take for a higher Q score. At the end of the day, I know I can do better on it, so why not retake it?! Thank you for the encouragement.

Off to become a "GMAT assassin" as one of you so eloquently put it.
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