Ask Kate: GMAT Score – Lowish Quant

Student scores a 660 on the GMAT with a low quant. Is it time to retake?


Hi Kate,

First, thank you so much for the great advice. I scored 37 Verbal, 44 Quant (660), 5.5 Analytical Writing and 8 Integrated Reasoning. My target school is Emory’s One-Year MBA program. I come from a liberal arts background, but will have been in consulting and advisory for 5 years upon enrollment.

Should I plan to retake the GMAT given my low-end Quant score, or focus more time on essay and interview prep?

Thanks again!


LowishHi Zach!
I’d focus on the mba admission essays and interview prep. Your personal statement will be most important. That said, if they put you on the waitlist or give you push back in the interview on your quant capabilities, be ready to propose brushing up on quant skills with supplemental math courses before the MBA program begins. Statistical analysis programs can be helpful for BAs entering bschool. You may even wish to enroll in one now so you can include it as supplementary work in the extra essay, “What else should we know about you.”

Have a great journey!


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