Ask Kate: GMAT 720 and aiming for PhD in Strat Mgmt. Retake the GMAT?
Hi Kate,Do i need to retake my gmat (720, v96% q67%) Masters in Engg fm NTU interested in PhD (Strat Mgmt)
I noticed that you tagged your question as “unbalanced score” so let me address that first. Your scaled scores are actually very similar; approximately V 43, Q 46 so you’re as close to well balanced as is reasonable. That said, your percentiles are way off. That has more to do with who else takes the test.
So the good news is, you’re balanced. Since you’re interested in a PhD, that verbal score will give you a leg up on the other candidates applying from overseas (I assume you mean Nanyang in Singapore when you say NTU).
For a PhD, being able to show support from a faculty member or an ability to materially contribute to a faculty member’s research is more helpful than a few extra points on the GMAT.
1. You’ll willing to boost both verbal and quant – aiming for 760+
2. You don’t have great ties to any faculty or programs yet.
Don’t retake if:
1. Well, I’d retake, but you can skip the retake if you’ve been working in Prof X’s lab/research group for the past year and Prof X has said you’re in if you simply apply.
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