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Uneven GRE Score - High Verbal, Average Quant. Retake?

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So...I just took the GRE and don't know whether to laugh or cry. My overall score is a 328 (something like mid 90s percentile) BUT the breakdown is 170 Verbal, 158 Quant. This Quant Score translates to 70th percentile according to the ETS site. I really have zero interest in taking the GRE again. If I do retake I probably (possibly?) could raise my Quant score to at least a 160 (my lowest PowerPrep score was a 162 Quant, highest was 164). Of course, my verbal score could decrease leaving me with the same overall score or possibly a lower score.

Will schools run from the very average Quant score (especially considering that the Quant on the GRE is supposed to be easier)? Or do they just look at the overall score and the Quant score will be "good enough"?

Any help would be most appreciated.

Originally posted by Blg2342 on 28 May 2017, 00:05.
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New post 28 May 2017, 03:50
For part-time Stern, you're perfectly fine, but if you wanted to be on the safe side do MBA math.com. They send the transcripts directly to the schools and it's generally considered proof of your quantitative ability, and your ability to do the work.

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New post 28 May 2017, 06:48
Thanks so much! Will definitely check it out.

Just curious about the PT admissions process - I know that applying R3 is frowned upon for most full time programs. Does that hold true for PT programs also? I've been looking over past threads and there definitely have been some people who applied R3 and gotten in but I can't really tell if they have stellar stats or really great work experience or something like that.

Obviously earlier is better but does a later application hurt your chances in a significant way?

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New post 28 May 2017, 23:09
So first of all regarding the GRE: If the maximum expectation is you to get 3 points more on Quant, drop it. Your overall score is great. And there are other things you can do to prove quant skills. Plus it's for a PT program, so it's more flexible.

To answer your second question: applying third or last round for a PT program is totally fine. In fact a LOT of candidates apply late due to the nature of the program, and it doesn't require as much advanced planning as applying to full-time programs.

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Thanks! That's extremely reassuring - especially as I still have to write my essays :-)

Originally posted by Blg2342 on 29 May 2017, 15:17.
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One more question about maybe increasing evidence of my quant proficiency. Should I redo my resume and include my CPA scores? I only ask because they were pretty high (avg 96). I wouldn't include on a professional resume because a pass is a pass and well, you don't want to be that person. But I was wondering if I should include it on the one I submit with my application to demonstrate that I can handle business classes etc. Have you ever worked with a CPA candidate who included their scores?

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Blg2342 wrote:
One more question about maybe increasing evidence of my quant proficiency. Should I redo my resume and include my CPA scores? I only ask because they were pretty high (avg 96). I wouldn't include on a professional resume because a pass is a pass and well, you don't want to be that person. But I was wondering if I should include it on the one I submit with my application to demonstrate that I can handle business classes etc. Have you ever worked with a CPA candidate who included their scores?

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As mentioned above don't worry about the GRE at all. Your stats are great for these programs! Last year I got applicants into Stern, Anderson and Booth part-time programs with lower stats than you have. In terms of CPA, it is nice to note but there is no need to mention the actual score.

Focus on the essays and creating a strong story. Stats are great!

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Thanks...I think reading through all these forums have made me a bit paranoid.
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Blg2342 wrote:
Hi,

So...I just took the GRE and don't know whether to laugh or cry. My overall score is a 328 (something like mid 90s percentile) BUT the breakdown is 170 Verbal, 158 Quant. This Quant Score translates to 70th percentile according to the ETS site. I really have zero interest in taking the GRE again. If I do retake I probably (possibly?) could raise my Quant score to at least a 160 (my lowest PowerPrep score was a 162 Quant, highest was 164). Of course, my verbal score could decrease leaving me with the same overall score or possibly a lower score.

Will schools run from the very average Quant score (especially considering that the Quant on the GRE is supposed to be easier)? Or do they just look at the overall score and the Quant score will be "good enough"? Just to give you some more background, I have a 3.96 undergrad GPA (but from a pretty no name school) with straight As in literally any quant related courses - math, finance, accounting, and economics courses including calculus, statistics, and corporate finance etc. My major was accounting and I'm a CPA so I'm hoping there's enough evidence that I can handle quant courses. What do you think?

Also, I'm targeting PT not FT programs which are supposed to be somewhat easier to get into. I'm looking at NY based programs (so basically Stern).

Any help would be most appreciated.


You GRE quant score is of concern. But you seem to have enough material in your transcript to suggest that you can handle the workload.

My take on this is that getting in will depend on the strength of your work experience. Of course, if you are interested in Stern, why don't you sign up for a Statistics (or similar) course in NYU, and get a good grade on it. Then you will have no questions asked.

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Thanks for weighing in. I'd actually like to start in September 2017 so I'm guessing there's not enough time to take a statistics course :-)

I did take statistics during my undergrad and got an A (+ I think, but the + is just for vanity purposes). As far as work experience, I basically head up the FP&A function at my company. Lots of analytical, data crunching numbers work. Does that help?
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Your work will help - that was just a suggestion.

Blg2342 wrote:
Thanks for weighing in. I'd actually like to start in September 2017 so I'm guessing there's not enough time to take a statistics course :-)

I did take statistics during my undergrad and got an A (+ I think, but the + is just for vanity purposes). As far as work experience, I basically head up the FP&A function at my company. Lots of analytical, data crunching numbers work. Does that help?

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So, hopefully I should be ok...I guess I'll have to wait and see.

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New post 30 Jun 2017, 06:22
A 158 (70 percentile score) is a bit of a weakener.

Having said that, you might be ok - since you are considering PT programs. Of course, this recommendation assumes that you have stellar work experience.

I'll leave you with something to think about - why don't you consider taking th GMAT? It might be possible for you to score better on that - besides, it is not so much of an issue that GMAT math is harder - adaptive (and percentile scoring) scoring pretty much takes care of the difficulty levels automatically and you would end up scoring in a similar percentile group there too. But you might do something better there which allows you to score at a higher level.

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