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# Taken GMAT 4 Times - Should I take again?

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02 Jul 2018, 07:10
Hello All,

Need some advice. I have taken the GMAT 4 times and maxed out at 700 on the official test - Q: 44 V: 42. I have averaged a 710 on my practice exams (8 of them), and got as high as a 730. When it comes to the actual test, I think I get in my own head though and obviously underperform.

It’s obviously hard for me to sit back and accept a 700 when I know I can do better, but it is a costly endeavor and has consumed my life for over a year. In addition, I also have two concerns when it comes to my current score - 1) My dream school is Duke and I am slightly under Duke’s average GMAT 2) the weakness of my quant score.

If anyone can just give me their opinion on my situation it would be greatly appreciated. This community has done a lot for me in regards to test prep, so I value all opinions very much!

Thanks!

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02 Jul 2018, 10:49
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Hi lesh92,

First off, a 700/Q44 is a fantastic score (it's just a bit shy of the 90th percentile overall), so you can comfortably apply to any Business Schools that interest you. While a Q44 might be seen as a 'red flag' at certain Programs, it won't necessarily keep you out of any Schools if you have a strong OVERALL Profile. Since you're ultimately asking Admissions questions, 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:

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your various CAT score results - along with your Official Scores - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 700 +/- a few points). You clearly handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Retesting - with the goal of scoring higher in the Quant section - is a reasonable idea, but if keep approaching this process in the same ways, then you will almost certainly continue to score at the same level. This is meant to say that to score significantly higher in the Quant section, you will have to focus on learning and practicing the proper Tactics.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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02 Jul 2018, 10:58
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Hi lesh92,

Welcome to gmatclub!

You've got a great verbal score. You can improve overall score considerably if you improve your quant score. What study materials did you use for quant? Did you ever try gmatclub tests? You've mentioned that you've taken 8 practice exams - were they all official ones?

IMO, you can improve your quant score if you put extra effort. You can start here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-you-need ... 40445.html

https://gmatclub.com/forum/should-i-ret ... 32853.html

Hope this helps!
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lesh92 wrote:
Hello All,

Need some advice. I have taken the GMAT 4 times and maxed out at 700 on the official test - Q: 44 V: 42. I have averaged a 710 on my practice exams (8 of them), and got as high as a 730. When it comes to the actual test, I think I get in my own head though and obviously underperform.

It’s obviously hard for me to sit back and accept a 700 when I know I can do better, but it is a costly endeavor and has consumed my life for over a year. In addition, I also have two concerns when it comes to my current score - 1) My dream school is Duke and I am slightly under Duke’s average GMAT 2) the weakness of my quant score.

If anyone can just give me their opinion on my situation it would be greatly appreciated. This community has done a lot for me in regards to test prep, so I value all opinions very much!

Thanks!

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Hi lesh92,

Regarding your 700 GMAT score, when looking at your range of practice test scores, I would not say that it is a total disaster. However, the quant 44 does jump out at me, so if you were able to improve your GMAT quant score, I believe it could go a long way in the admissions process.

With that said, I think it would be a good idea to reach out to some admissions consultants here on GMAT Club to get their opinions.

If you do decide to retake the GMAT, I’d be more than happy to help you with a study plan. In the meantime, you may find it helpful to check out this article I wrote about
how to increase your GMAT quant score.

Please keep me updated and feel free to reach out with any questions.
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