Is it necessary to re-take?

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Is it necessary to re-take?

by wlpllp » Sat Jun 20, 2009 7:57 am
I took the test last monday and scored a 710 (70th percentile on Q ond 95th on V). I will be heading to Michigan Law School in the fall and am planning on applying for the JD/MBA program during my first year. It is worth mentioning that I scored a 740 and 770 on my two GMATPrep tests so I was fairly disappointed with my score as I tend to do pretty well on "test day".

Background: Went to a top liberal arts college (w/ relatively little grade inflation) and had a GPA in the 3.5 range (over a 3.75 my last two years) and majored in a humanities subject. I spent a year working at a law firm focusing on Securities Law and spent the last year living abroad doing volunteer work and traveling.

My question really boils down to whether it's worth spending the time to re-study? My plan had been to take this time off to relax and prepare myself for the 1st year of law school as my grades will have an enormous impact on my employment prospects in any legal job. On the other hand, I genuinely want to pursue the MBA so I would strongly consider re-taking if a 30-40 point improvement would appreciably improve my prospects.

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by VP_MBA_Guru » Sat Jun 20, 2009 8:23 am
hi w,
first of all, congrats on getting into UMich Law School. To your question, I dont think scoring higher on the GMAT will have a significant impact on your candidacy. I think that you have already demonstrated your academic capabilities by getting into a top law program and a few more point on your GMAT will not necessarily 'seal the deal'

Like you said, I think you are better off focusing on preparing for your first year of law school.

Just my two cents.

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by wlpllp » Sun Jun 21, 2009 7:49 pm
Hi Nikhil-

Thanks for the response! Your advice is greatly appreciated.

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by VP_MBA_Guru » Sun Jun 28, 2009 9:51 am
no problem. let us know if you need any other help.
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