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Should I retake my GMAT (cliche question alert!)

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Hello fellow GMAT'ers

Seeking some advice after completing attempt 1 of my GMAT today. Would appreciate any input.

My results were as follows - overall 740 (97 percentile), quantitative 49 (75 percentile), verbal 41 (94 percentile) and IR 4 (40 percentile). Overall this is broadly what I have been getting in practice papers (probably on the lower end of results) and IR is significantly down on previous attempts (usually 6-8). Overall I am happy with the 740 and unhappy with the IR score.

A bit of background on me. I am applying from UK and will only really consider a top-tier program as worth moving to the other side of the world. The 5 I am intending to apply to are Harvard, Wharton, Chicago, Columbia and Tuck (in that order of preference) so obviously going to be extremely challenging, especially for my top choices. Obviously the essay is a hugely important part and that my score definitely keeps me 'in the game' for the above colleges but I believe I could do better (especially in IR) and I still have ample time to focus on the essays irrespective of this decision. As I see it, I have 3 choices:

1. Accept my score.
2. Cancel my score, resit and if I score better than current score I take it and run. If not, I call it a day and reinstate this score and apply using it.
3. Keep my current score as live, resit and if better I have a good story that I improved on an already good score and received a better IR score. If not, then cancel attempt 2 and apply with my 740.

Keen to get peoples thoughts on how detrimental my IR score is and which choice people would advise. I know I should be happy with the 740, I just have a nagging feeling that I should at least give a resit a go to see if I can do better.
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Hello fellow GMAT'ers

Seeking some advice after completing attempt 1 of my GMAT today. Would appreciate any input.

My results were as follows - overall 740 (97 percentile), quantitative 49 (75 percentile), verbal 41 (94 percentile) and IR 4 (40 percentile). Overall this is broadly what I have been getting in practice papers (probably on the lower end of results) and IR is significantly down on previous attempts (usually 6-8). Overall I am happy with the 740 and unhappy with the IR score.

A bit of background on me. I am applying from UK and will only really consider a top-tier program as worth moving to the other side of the world. The 5 I am intending to apply to are Harvard, Wharton, Chicago, Columbia and Tuck (in that order of preference) so obviously going to be extremely challenging, especially for my top choices. Obviously the essay is a hugely important part and that my score definitely keeps me 'in the game' for the above colleges but I believe I could do better (especially in IR) and I still have ample time to focus on the essays irrespective of this decision. As I see it, I have 3 choices:

1. Accept my score.
2. Cancel my score, resit and if I score better than current score I take it and run. If not, I call it a day and reinstate this score and apply using it.
3. Keep my current score as live, resit and if better I have a good story that I improved on an already good score and received a better IR score. If not, then cancel attempt 2 and apply with my 740.

Keen to get peoples thoughts on how detrimental my IR score is and which choice people would advise. I know I should be happy with the 740, I just have a nagging feeling that I should at least give a resit a go to see if I can do better.
It doesn't really make sense to cancel your 740, because 740 is an excellent score. A 4 on IR won't change anyone's opinion about your capabilities. That said, the "safest" option is the second one. If I were you, I'd go with the third.
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