Ask Kate: 730 GMAT Score with Low Quant

Student scores a 730 on the GMAT. Good enough for top MBA programs?   Hi Kate, I scored a 730 the 2nd time I took the GMAT (47Q 68%, 42V 96%). The first time I scored a 700 (49Q 79%, 36V 81%). Should I be concerned about my low quant score (in particular the percentile) … Read more

Ask Kate: Two Attempts and No Improvement in Overall GMAT Score

Student has taken the GMAT twice, but no improvement. What next?   Hi KATE, GREAT WORK!!! I have given GMAT twice. Unfortunately ended up with same overall score of 650. 1st Attempt – Q-42 V-36 2nd Attempt – Q-47 V-32 Should I retry? I am targeting at Top B-school programs only. I worked on my … Read more

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 … Read more

Ask Kate: 700 with 40 Verbal and 44 Quant

Should You Retake The GMAT After A 700 Score?     I just took the GMAT for the first time and received a 700 but not with a particularly balanced score (Q 40, V 44). I was a Business and Psychology major in college with a 3.55 GPA overall and good grades in several math-based … Read more

Ask Kate: Will a 670 GMAT Score get me in Kellogg?

A 670 GMAT Score With a Low Verbal: Good Enough for Kellogg?   Hi Kate, I am from Pakistan. I intend to apply to Kellogg, INSEAD and London Business School. My extra curriculars (particularly sports) are strong and I already have an MBA+ Engineering from Pakistan. I worked for 3 years for one of the … Read more

Ask Kate: Will Better GMAT Score Land a Better Job?

GMAT Score Vs. Job Success: Do Higher Scores Affect Better Employment?     Kate, I’m very frustrated, and I’ve messaged you before, but I wanted to reach out again. I have managed to get my Quant score up to 46 on the latest retake, but still cannot crack 700 due to a low verbal score, … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score of 680 With 35 Verbal

Low GMAT Score With Low Verbal: What Now?     Hi Kate, I recently took the GMAT and received an overall score of 680 with : Q47 /V35, and IR 5/12 . I am hoping to apply for top 5-10 full time MBA Programs. I have an MS from Univ of Michigan Ann-Arbor in Mech … 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: When to Retake the GMAT

If You’re Aiming For The Top 15 MBA Programs, You May Need To Take The GMAT More Than Once.     Hi Kate, I just sat for the GMAT and walked away with my unofficial score of 710: 43Q (56%) and 44V (98%) and 8 IR (92%). I’m confident I got at least a 4.5 … 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: Is GMAT Retake Necessary, if not Targeting Top 5?

You Should Always Aim For Top 10 MBA Program.   Hi Kate, I recently scored a 700 on the GMAT with a lower quant score than in many of my practice tests, but much higher verbal (Q42 V44). I also did much better on the integrated reasoning than any of my practice with a score … Read more

Ask Kate: Overall GMAT under 700 with Low Quant

Sometimes You Have To Retake The GMAT More Than Twice.     Hi Kate, Thanks for your eval! I took the GMAT twice – in December scored 650 (Q39, V41, IR3, AWA6). Went in for a retake this week and scored a 690 (Q46, V38, IR6, AWA6). I’m concerned that this score is sub-700 and … Read more

Ask Kate: How Should I prepare for my Next GMAT Exam Retake?

Knowing How To Prepare For The GMAT Is Crucial.     Hi Kate, Please let me know how I must prepare for my 3rd shot at GMAT? (Yes, I’ve already decided to retake). I’m an Indian IT guy targeting US top 20 MBA programs. So my target score is 730+. Total Work Experience: 7 years … Read more