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Super frustrated. 610 to 710 to 710...Retake?

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Hi GMATCLUB friends,

5 weeks ago I got a 710 on the GMAT and was told that my score was not good enough for my targets by many app consultants. Here is the post: https://gmatclub.com/forum/told-710-not ... 273090.htm

With GMATCLUB's guidance I really tried to perfect my quant as much as I could. I spent more than 75% of my prep time working on quant. This includes purchasing the GMATCLUB tests and going through my error log like never before. Today I re-wrote and to my surprise and dismay got 710 again this was my 3rd write.

1st write: 610
2nd write: 710 (Q47, V40, IR2)
3rd write: 710 (Q45, V41, IR4)

My targets are:
- Booth
- Yale
- NYU

My reach schools are:
- Wharton
- Harvard

My question is whether I re-write again...or do I focus on applications for R2 submission given that I already missed R1.

Any advice / guidance is much appreciated.

Thanks everyone!
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Hi GMATCLUB friends,

5 weeks ago I got a 710 on the GMAT and was told that my score was not good enough for my targets by many app consultants. Here is the post: https://gmatclub.com/forum/told-710-not ... 273090.htm

With GMATCLUB's guidance I really tried to perfect my quant as much as I could. I spent more than 75% of my prep time working on quant. This includes purchasing the GMATCLUB tests and going through my error log like never before. Today I re-wrote and to my surprise and dismay got 710 again this was my 3rd write.

1st write: 610
2nd write: 710 (Q47, V40, IR2)
3rd write: 710 (Q45, V41, IR4)

My targets are:
- Booth
- Yale
- NYU

My reach schools are:
- Wharton
- Harvard

My question is whether I re-write again...or do I focus on applications for R2 submission given that I already missed R1.

Any advice / guidance is much appreciated.

Thanks everyone!
I think you need to have a more detailed conversation with a consultant, if you are really interested in working with one. It's very easy for a consultant to say that a 710 is not "enough", but at the end of the day, a 710 is 90%, so it is very hard to imagine that it cannot work at all. But yes, a consultant's life will become much easier if he or she insists that everyone who applies to a top school do so with a 740+. But how realistic (or even desirable) is that?

1. I don't know whether you're thinking of taking the GMAT again, but I'd be working on my applications by now if I were you.
2. Maybe school selection also needs to be tweaked. I'd focus on making sure that I had options after the process, even if some of the "names" that I wanted didn't work out.
3. These options need to be evaluated considering the outcomes that you want, and it's very unlikely that the schools you mentioned have a monopoly on those outcomes.
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New post 15 Oct 2018, 18:13
Hi fvoci,

I agree with AjiteshArun; you need to have a specific conversation with a consultant. Perhaps if you can discuss your application as a whole, you may be fine applying with your 710. If your GMAT score is still too low for your desired schools, then you need to consider applying to some additional safety schools or retaking your GMAT, right?

If you need to give the GMAT another shot, feel free to reach out to me directly, and I’d be happy to discuss your study plan.
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Hi fvoci,

We also believe that it is possible for you to get into these schools with the score you currently have because other factors like your work experience, essays, and interviews matter as much. But increasing your GMAT score will definitely enhance your likelihood of getting into these schools. So if you are sure that you can increase your score, especially your quant score, consider taking the exam again!

To increase your quant score above 49 is quite difficult. Here are some of our strategies. Between Problem Solving and Data Sufficiency question types, we recommend you to focus on DS first because DS can be a quick win. Also, focus on 5 key types of problems: integer, statistics, inequality, probability, and absolute value which account for 80% of the GMAT exam. Here is our extended guide to improve your score above 49.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-ultimate ... 09801.html


Let us share with you how we approach DS problems (aka Variable approach). Right off the bat, we count the number of variables and equations given in the question. By doing so, you can determine which answer choice will most likely be the answer. For example, if there are only two variables in a question, you need at least 2 equations to solve the question. Since two conditions in the question usually give 2 separate equations, it is most likely that C (both conditions together are sufficient) will be the answer. With knowing this, you can find an answer without actually solving the problem. This is true about 70% of the cases according to our analysis of GMAT quant DS. Our Variable Approach offers more insights like this by teaching students the unique and unconventional ways of solving DS questions.

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