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New post 16 Jun 2006, 08:34
Hi Folks,

So its been a month since I took the GMAT. I wish to apply to schools like Wharton, Harvard, Kellog and Sloan. I'm now at a point where I need some advice on whether to retake my GMAT so as to cross the 700 mark. I'm sure people who apply to these schools have fantastic grades. What do you think?

- GMAT score of 680 - 46 Quant and 38 Verbal - 89th Percentile
- 4 years working experience
- MS in Computer Science - GPA of 3.96
- BS in Computing - GPA of 3.8

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New post 16 Jun 2006, 10:18
I think you are one of the rare cases that should retake, unless you just know you prepped yourself as hard as possible. The fact that you got almost a 4.0 in a computer science masters tells me you can do better than a 46 in Q. I was an English major and got a 48 (although I did take Calc I, II and Phy I, II). If you can say with some degree of objectivity that you could have prepped harder and didn't exhaust your practice materials, I would retake. But don't just prep for the math -- go ahead and make sure you prep adequately hard for the verbal. That fact is that a 670 is the 10th percentile at Wharton and probably at the other schools too. And those schools care about leadership most. So unless you have some incredible leadership stories to tell, then I would retake and go for it.

I will add the disclaimer that Sloan and Kellogg might be within reach without retaking... but they would still be a reach I imagine. I've heard of 2 people that got into Wharton but not Kellogg.

Also, what did you get the on the GMATPrep tests?

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Thanks for the reply.

My GMATPrep scores were around 650 for both.

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New post 16 Jun 2006, 10:48
Hmmmmm.... then I might change my answer. I was getting 730+ on my GMATPreps and hit 710. I might be an anomoly of going down on the actual test, but if you got 650 on both, then I think you need to ask yourself if you really studied your hardest. If the answer is yes, then perhaps you should let your score stand. Would really suck to go down. I saw a posting on some board recently talking about how the guy took the GMAT and got a 720 and then retook and got a 650. I doubt you would go down that much, but perhaps you should really ask yourself hard if you maximized your prep experience.

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