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# Which GMAT score to use in applications?

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08 Dec 2018, 15:07
I took the GMAT test twice - my first attempt was 3 years back and the second attempt was this month. My scores are below:

(1) OLD: 730 (41 V, 49 Q); 4.5 Essay
(2) NEW: 730 (40 V, 49 Q); 5.0 Essay

Given the total scores are identical, is it better to select one score over the other in business school applications due to factors like recency and essay score? (I am applying to top 5 programs (e.g., HBS)
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09 Dec 2018, 11:47
What about your IR score in both the tests which is higher
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09 Dec 2018, 15:00
gritgoal2019 wrote:
I took the GMAT test twice - my first attempt was 3 years back and the second attempt was this month. My scores are below:

(1) OLD: 730 (41 V, 49 Q); 4.5 Essay
(2) NEW: 730 (40 V, 49 Q); 5.0 Essay

Given the total scores are identical, is it better to select one score over the other in business school applications due to factors like recency and essay score? (I am applying to top 5 programs (e.g., HBS)

Hello gritgoal2019

You may want to double check some stats of your scores.

Percentiles do change through time and currently 41V corresponds to 93% percentile vs. V40 to 90% :

https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/after-th ... king-means

Also double check websites of your schools from your application list of 5, to see if they state somewhere that they prefer recent GMAT scores (something like 2 years old ) although they are perfectly valid for 5 years.

If there is no such sentence, I would go with higher verbal percentile, older one.

Last trick, whatever you decide, be sure to also update your application CV with both scores, so they are aware of them both, regardless of what you sent to them physically or electronically, as necessary proof.

Good Luck with HBS and the rest !
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09 Dec 2018, 20:37
gritgoal2019 wrote:
I took the GMAT test twice - my first attempt was 3 years back and the second attempt was this month. My scores are below:

(1) OLD: 730 (41 V, 49 Q); 4.5 Essay
(2) NEW: 730 (40 V, 49 Q); 5.0 Essay

Given the total scores are identical, is it better to select one score over the other in business school applications due to factors like recency and essay score? (I am applying to top 5 programs (e.g., HBS)
As billionaire pointed out, there are some things you can do to take a better decision here.

If I were you, I'd go with the V41, although I suspect the difference will be minimal.
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16 Dec 2018, 19:33
I think sending in the newer score is probably better, although you really would be OK with either.
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