High Quant, but time to retake

Even with a high quant, a GMAT retake may be necessary.     Hi Kate, I took GMAT recently and got an unbalanced score with 49 in quant and 31 in verbal. Will I be able to get into a top 20 B school? Or should i retake the exam? Currently, I have 2 years … Read more

Ask Kate: High Quant Low Verbal

Does a high quant balance out a low verbal?     Hi Kate, Thank you for your article. I’m surprised to learn that a 50Q/35V is a rare space since that’s been my consistent range of scores. In light of the bad 35V number, I’m pleased to read here that a 47+ quant is favored … Read more

Low Quant, High Verbal Score – Should I retake for top schools?

Ask Kate: Due to a low quant, a GMAT retake may be necessary for top business schools.   I just took the GMAT and received an integrated reasoning score of 8 (92nd percentile), quantitative score of 47 (67th percentile), and verbal score of 44 (98th percentile). My overall score was 730 (96th percentile). Does the … Read more

High GMAT score, low Quant

Ask Kate: Chilean business undergraduate with a 720 GMAT aiming for the Columbia Business program. Retake the GMAT?     Hi Kate, I have got a 720 GMAT (with 94% overall – 67%Q / 96%V / 92% IR). That was my 4th attempt (previous 650,660,690), but my lowest quant performance (best is 79% on my … Read more

VERY low verbal, OK Quant – Minority ethnicity – Do I need to proof my English proficiency in a retake?

Ask Kate: If verbal is low, proofing English proficiency may be necessary in a GMAT retake.     Hi Kate, My question is also about my GMAT score like most people here. I got 700 (Q49,V35), which was surprising to me since I was always better in Verbal than Quant in any other exams I … Read more

Ask Kate: 700 GMAT Score with 41 Quant

The GMAT: Is It Possible To Dramatically Improve Your Verbal Score?     Hi Kate, I scored a 700 on the GMAT with Q41 and V45, IR 5. I’ve a background in management consulting in Kenya. I’m pretty sure I can write stellar essays and my recommendations will be great. One of my recommenders features … Read more

Ask Kate: Does High AWA Make up for Low Verbal on GMAT?

Hi Kate, Thanks for the detailed post on the scoring and scaling! I took the GMAT in early May and scored a 680 (Q49, V34, IR6, AWA6). – this is my first attempt I am a non-native speaker. However, I was surprised with my verbal score because my English skills are pretty good. Also, I … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT with Low Quant and Low Verbal

A Low GPA and GMAT Score: Where To Go From Here     Kate, I was recently accepted to the McCombs School of Business at UT-Austin. I will be entering the Part-Time program. I have 4 years work experience, a 3.3 Undergrad GPA in Aerospace Engineering (Texas A&M), currently work as a Software Engineer at … Read more

Ask Kate: 650 GMAT Score with Low Quant

No matter why you take the GMAT, a decent quant score is important.     Hi Kate , I just gave my gmat today and was disappointed with my scores 650 q44, v 35 ir 7. I’m planning to go for masters in finance or masters in mangement. Is my score good enough or should … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score Low 700’s, Quant Low 40’s

There’s no such thing as preparing too much to increase your quant on the GMAT.     I have been scoring 99th percentile for verbal (45+), and my math score has been hanging around 45,46,47…if my aggregate score is in the 730/740/750 range, will that still be cause for concern at the top tier programs … Read more

Ask Kate: Does Low Quant on GMAT equal Rejection?

How to know if you need to improve your quant on the GMAT.       I just took the GMAT for the first time and got a score of 730(Q47, V44). While I am happy with my overall score, I am somewhat concerned my quant score might not be good enough since it’s below … Read more

Ask Kate: Low Quant and Average School

If your GMAT score is 700, which MBA programs will accept your scores?   I just took the GMAT after a long prep and got a 700. My subscores were Q 44 V 41. I am concerned about the low 60th percentile quant. I have a major in accounting, minor in finance, with straight As, … Read more

Ask Kate GMAT Score report is 680 good enough for Masters of Finance

Is a 680 GMAT score enough for a good school for a Masters in Finance program? Remember, your GMAT score grades based on three things: quant, verbal and the combination of Q&V. Each of the areas is important and will help you get into the program you want. The Masters of Finance programs I know … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score is Great Experience is Lacking

If you lack work experience when applying to an MBA program, your essays need to be top-notch.       Hi kate I recently gave gmat and received 730. Q 51 and v 37 along with IR 6. My verbal score was below average as I was scoring 40+ in the simulated tests. I have … Read more

GMAT 730 (Q48 V41, IR 5, AWA 5.5) – Planning for INSEAD or top American MBAs

Hi Kate ! I recently passed the GMAT for the first time with the mentioned score above. The only disappointment I have is with regards to my IR score, during my practice tests I almost always got an 8, once got a 7. I emigrated to Canada from Europe, where I graduated from undergrad a … Read more

Subsidies Week Book Review

Book Review The Other Path: The Economic Answer to Terrorism by Hernando De Soto  1. De Soto advocates free markets, taking care to differentiate free markets from mercantilism:  “Mercantilism can be defined as the supply and demand for monopoly rights by means of laws, regulations, subsidies, taxes, and licenses. The fallout of these privileges creates … Read more

Answer for How do I start my GMAT preparations from scratch?

As others have stated, do start with a practice test. To be more specific though, start with the practice test from the GMATprep software that you download for free at The Official GMAT Website. It is the only one authorized to use retired test questions and as of this writing is still the most consistent … Read more

Acorn Levels

If you accidentally landed here – oops – you probably want to start with MBA options. This is for invited students and former students only. If you landed here by invitation, welcome! If you’ve been invited to the Acorn program you might want to do some more digging before (or after) our chat. This page … Read more

Q42, V51. 740 Weird split. Retake for top schools?

Hi Kate, I know you’ve answered a lot of similar questions, but I have yet to see a score makeup quite like mine. I just scored a 740 on the GMAT, first shot at it, which I was thrilled about. But then my breakdown is really odd. IR 7 (82nd percentile), Quant only 42 (45th … Read more


Watch what a single day in the 30-Day GMAT program looks like. Be done in one hour a day. Is this course for me? If you have graduated from a 4-year university, studied a reasonably rigorous curriculum successfully, and taken at least one standardized test such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT, or MCAT, you will … Read more