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Should I retake the GMAT??

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I took the GMAT without much studying and scored a 650(V40 Q39). This is a very uneven split, but I have a background that may make up for the lower quant score. I graduated undergrad with a 3.43/4.00 in civil engineering. Additionally, I have 3 years of work experience as a consulting engineer. I am looking at schools with average GMAT scores between 680-700 (Emory, Duke, Vandy, UNC). Would it be worth while to focus on studying and hopefully increase my score or spend more time focusing on my application?

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650 is below par, with just 3 years work ex. Please retake the test.
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Mitchell1774 wrote:
Hello,

I took the GMAT without much studying and scored a 650(V40 Q39). This is a very uneven split, but I have a background that may make up for the lower quant score. I graduated undergrad with a 3.43/4.00 in civil engineering. Additionally, I have 3 years of work experience as a consulting engineer. I am looking at schools with average GMAT scores between 680-700 (Emory, Duke, Vandy, UNC). Would it be worth while to focus on studying and hopefully increase my score or spend more time focusing on my application?

Thank you!


Hey dude,
I really think you should retake. Average GMAT at Duke is around 700, which means you are in at 50 points below par. Ouch. And working as a civil engineer is not necessarily a very strong working experience (Finance and consulting, and biopharm might be, though). So actually you will likely need ABOVE the average to get accepted at these schools (since there are so many engineers applying).

In reality I’d love to help you out and dig deep into your profile, but without more info it’s gonna be hard. Where do you work? What do you do? How quickly have you advanced? Do you have any leadership? What are your great achievements? Do you have notable community service or extra curriculars? Which school did you graduate from?

All of these will play important roles in your evaluation.
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Retake! Retake! Retake! You want to put yourself in the best position to succeed and with your current GMAT score, you will not be able to do that. Also, your GPA is not quite strong enough to overcome your lower GMAT either so I would suggest retaking
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Mitchell1774 wrote:
Hello,

I took the GMAT without much studying and scored a 650(V40 Q39). This is a very uneven split, but I have a background that may make up for the lower quant score. I graduated undergrad with a 3.43/4.00 in civil engineering. Additionally, I have 3 years of work experience as a consulting engineer. I am looking at schools with average GMAT scores between 680-700 (Emory, Duke, Vandy, UNC). Would it be worth while to focus on studying and hopefully increase my score or spend more time focusing on my application?

Thank you!


Hello Mitchell1774,

That is a pretty decent score to have without much studying ☺ Therefore, all the more reason why you should study and aim for a score above the 700 mark.

You do have a fairly decent GPA. However, while the evaluation of your application depends on a number of factors other than the GMAT score, a 650 is still not up to the mark for the schools you are targeting. Therefore, go ahead and focus on improving your score.

Once you have a better score, work towards creating a strong application ☺

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Mitchell1774 wrote:
Hello,

I took the GMAT without much studying and scored a 650(V40 Q39). This is a very uneven split, but I have a background that may make up for the lower quant score. I graduated undergrad with a 3.43/4.00 in civil engineering. Additionally, I have 3 years of work experience as a consulting engineer. I am looking at schools with average GMAT scores between 680-700 (Emory, Duke, Vandy, UNC). Would it be worth while to focus on studying and hopefully increase my score or spend more time focusing on my application?

Thank you!


Yes, I would definitely recommend you retake as you said yourself that you did not really study, so it seems reasonable that you would get a better result just by studying a bit before your next try. And I am a firm believer in not applying too soon, but rather after you have given the GMAT (and other aspects of your application) “your all”, as this is the best way not to have any regrets afterwards, should you not get in.

Good luck!

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Mitchell1774 wrote:
Hello,

I took the GMAT without much studying and scored a 650(V40 Q39). This is a very uneven split, but I have a background that may make up for the lower quant score. I graduated undergrad with a 3.43/4.00 in civil engineering. Additionally, I have 3 years of work experience as a consulting engineer. I am looking at schools with average GMAT scores between 680-700 (Emory, Duke, Vandy, UNC). Would it be worth while to focus on studying and hopefully increase my score or spend more time focusing on my application?

Thank you!


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