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# Third attempt is lower than second

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11 Oct 2018, 18:20
Helllo,

I am looking for some quick advice. First time - did not score well; second time - 680 (Q43, V40); third time just today - 660 (Q47, V34).

Should I keep this last score? Do schools care that I received my highest Quant score yet today or will the negativity of a lower verbal score outweigh the high quant? I have done some research and heard that some schools average scores, but since my two highest scores (Q47, V40) are in two separate sessions, is it worth keeping?

Another bit of background. The first test was on November of 2017, the second was on February of 2018, and the third was today. Will keeping all three scores show perseverance and the fact that I am serious about the MBA journey?

Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!
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11 Oct 2018, 18:57
Hi haxxx043,

In general, Business Schools don't care if you take the GMAT more than once, so having 2 Scores on file won't necessarily be bad for you. That having been said, you're ultimately asking Admissions questions, so you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and specific application plans. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

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11 Oct 2018, 19:10
Hi Rich,

The problem is that this is my third try and I am trying to decide if keeping this last test will create a blemish since it is lower than my second attempt. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Hi haxxx043,

I understand your concern, but it's actually a bit more complicated than that. Many Business Schools view an Applicant's Quant Scaled Score as an indicator of how that Applicant might handle the 'academic side' of the Program - and a Q43 won't impress anyone. That score implies that you did fairly well on most of the "math" questions that you saw on Test Day, but you made a number of little mistakes throughout the section and you missed out on LOTS of 'strategy-based' points. Thus, the Q47 would likely be far better for your applications, but it would really be best to hear from the Admissions Experts about how you might proceed (and how the specific Schools that you're interested in might view receiving these two Official Score Reports).

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