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720 (Q45 75%, V45 99%) - Am I done?

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720 (Q45 75%, V45 99%) - Am I done?

by adidas » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:06 am
I didn't crush the GMAT, but I at least flicked its ear. Several places online state that some top schools apply a 80/80 rule, meaning an applicant should score above 80 percent in both sections. I want to be excited about my score, but the 75 percentile in quant is making me question the strength of my score. Can anyone put a nail in the coffin on this one - will a top-5 school not admit an applicant because of a 75 percentile quant score? I've spent lots of time studying for this test, so if I need to increase the quant score, then I'll retake, if not, then let the celebration begin.

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by blah8065 » Thu Apr 23, 2009 8:15 am
overall your score is good enough to be accepted into any program. Now that doesn't mean you are a shoe in or will be accepted. You need to work on your application essay's. Get great recommendation letters, and do well when you go in for your interview. Also I it depends on your work experience too.

good luck, and your off to a fantastic start!
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by johnnycapps » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:14 am
i've heard the exact same thing about the 80-80 rule. i've even read that some programs (i believe it was Wharton) applies an 85-85 rule. but, if you look at the 80% range for the gmat scores of successful applicants to a top b-school, they are always in the 660-760 range. so, by consequence, a number of successful applicants are below the 80-80 range.

given your amazing verbal score, if you can score a 49 for your raw score in quant, it might be worth your time to retake it. these adcom people see 700-720 all day. you can definitely crack a 760. that will stand out nicely.

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by adidas » Thu Apr 23, 2009 3:07 pm
blah8065 - you are absolutely right. The rest of my resume is pretty solid - 3.8 GPA, and 5 years work experience for a Fortune 500 company in an international leadership role. It seems like moving on is the more sensible thing to do. Why spend more time trying to score 5 percentage points higher in quant?

johnnycapps - I feel your sentiment too. The thing that's biting at me is that I took the test another time a couple months ago and I scored a 49 in quant, but my verbal score was a 35. So I totally know I'm capable. Man, I piece together a Q49 and a V45 and that score would be beautiful (i.e. 760+). You make a good point about schools accepting people who scored in the 660 range - I believe that at a 660, one of the person's score - i.e. quant or verbal score - would have to be below the 80th percentile.

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blagh is right

by roma » Thu Apr 23, 2009 10:02 pm
blagh8065 is right when he says that, even if you have scored well, you assay , workex and interview will decide werher you will get your desired b-school.
You surely have scored well, and as you said you seem solid in other areas as well, so now jaust focus on the interview.
congratulations for a good score and Good luck!

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by adidas » Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:44 pm
Thanks for the response Roma! Yeah, that seems to make the most sense to me too. Time to move on and work on the app. Thanks!