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Is it worth retaking the GMAT to score 10-20 points more?

Is it worth retaking the GMAT to score 10-20 points more?

“A 680 ain’t that bad” is what most people would say about a GMAT score.

But, deep within, you know what you want. The magic number. That elusive, elusive 700+ that comes at a cost. Three hundred and sixty five days. A whole year is what you’ll have to sacrifice if you decide to take the plunge again and chase it down.

Consider this : A score of 680 will get you into Michigan State (Broad), Southern Methodist (Cox), Northwestern (Kellogg), North Carolina (Kenan-Flagler), Washington (Foster) Pittsburgh (Katz), Temple (Fox), Penn State (Smeal), Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio State (Fisher), Notre Dame (Mendoza), Southern California (Marshall), Claremont (Drucker), Tulane (Freeman), Louisiana State Binghamton, UC-San DiegoIllinois (Liautaud), Boston University et all.

However, the prestigious elusive list of these institutions eludes you. If you have a below 700 score.  

Stanford University (CA)

University of Pennsylvania (Wharton)

University of Chicago (Booth)

Harvard University (MA)

Northwestern University (Kellogg) (IL)

Yale University (CT)

New York University (Stern)

Dartmouth College (Tuck) (NH)

Columbia University (NY)

University of California—Berkeley (Haas)


The Holy Grail, the crème-de-la-creme is where you really want to be. So what next?

The GMAT score is not the only thing that guarantees you admission. Lower 10% of your target school’s range will increase the need to build a new application but it differs from school to school.

“Remember the fact that you are more than a number, more than a school, more than a… oh you get it.” Positivity is nice. But the last decision is yours. You want to take it, you do! “Of course, that you can function in the core MBA classes is proven by your GMAT score,” says Ajay Amar, Ph.D., in Retaking the GMAT: Yes, No, Maybe So.

His final piece of advice? “Your takeaway: Be realistic. If you are retaking GMAT, consider moving your MBA application to Round 2 from Round 1, if that’s what will give you adequate time to achieve a significant improvement in your GMAT score.”

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