Ask Kate: GMAT score of 710 with quant 42 and verbal 44. Retake the GMAT for top business schools?
I have a GMAT score of 710, but my quant score is only 42 (my verbal was 44). Should I retake for top schools?
710 is nice to have, but yes, your quant is low.
If this was your first take, great! Definitely retake!! Put some extra effort into quant. Put a little effort into verbal. You’ll be in the mid-700s if you do good work.
Your quant is in a zone that is typical for someone of decent intelligence who never “got” math. You may have even done well in school. But, it didn’t stick. You were able to (essentially) memorize your way through the *pain*. So . . . the GMAT will find a way to turn what you think you know upside down. To do well on quant you will need strong number theory, strong mechanics, and mental flexibility.
If you can afford a tutor, find a good teacher, not just someone who is good at answering your homework questions. If you can’t, run through Schaums Elementary Algebra. It’s the best quick guide to improvement for students willing to put in the work.
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