Ask Kate: 750 GMAT Score with Low IR

Does a Low IR call for a GMAT retake?



Hi Kate,

I am a Senior graduating from an ivy league school summa cum laude (4.0) with lots of extra curriculars. I am not a “diverse” nor “legacy” candidate and intend to apply to HBS 2+2 R3.

I took the GMAT once, scoring a 750. However, my Quant and IR were low:

Quant: 48 (74%)
Verbal: 45 (99%)
IR: 4 (37%)
Total: 750 (98%)

Should I retake to bring up the IR/Quant?

Thank you in advance for your input. The deadline is next month!


750 low irHey James,
Yeah, that IR score is super awful. Did you actually try to answer the questions? But the Quant is ok. 48 scaled score is sufficient. Your high verbal puts your overall GMAT score into the “good job” category. If your app presents a solid candidate otherwise, your score will be fine. I wouldn’t put more time on the GMAT. Focus on the app. 2+2 is very competitive – wow them with the rest of your app.

FYI: If you get dinged and decide to apply in a few years after working, still focus on the app and don’t sweat the GMAT percentiles. You’re over all the averages and hit the sweet spot for the better programs. Good work.

Best wishes with 2+2.



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