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So I am prepping for the GMAT, and my test date is about 2.5 weeks away now. While I have been happy with my overalls scores on my recent Manhattan GMAT/ mba.com practice tests (750,740,740 on my last 3), my quant percentile has been hovering just below 80, far worse than my verbal percentile. This is weird to me because math has been my strong suit my whole life, but oh well.

My questions are: If you have a very good overall score, how much does a lower quant percentile matter to b-schools? Would a ~740 with 99% verbal 79% quant warrant a re-take if my target is M7?

Also, given the time I have left, I plan on devoting most of it to raising my quant score. Any tips on ways to do this? I have been through all the Manhattan GMAT guides, and now my plan is to tackle the official guide and official guide quant review.

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  • Flake's picture

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  • 24837's picture

    wanna b mbb wrote:
    This is weird to me because math has been my strong suit my whole life, but oh well.

    wow, that's really weird.
    MAYBE it's because the verbal percentile rank was basically just handed to you as a native speaker?

    I suggest you take a standardized test in a foreign language and then report back to me about what happend to your verbal score in comparison to the respective native speakers.

  • In reply to Angus Macgyver
    pr0ficient's picture

    Angus Macgyver wrote:
    Do they still apply that 80/80 rule thing?

    From what I've been told, no. With the exception of MIT and Haas, most of the top schools care more about your overall percentile than an 80/80 breakdown.

    That said, a quant score below the 70th percentile might raise a red flag if you don't have a quant background and performed poorly in your undergrad quant courses.

    I know many people (myself included) that got into top programs with 700+ scores that didn't have the 80/80 breakdown.

  • In reply to 24837
    duffmt6's picture

    24837 wrote:
    wanna b mbb wrote:
    This is weird to me because math has been my strong suit my whole life, but oh well.

    wow, that's really weird.
    MAYBE it's because the verbal percentile rank was basically just handed to you as a native speaker?

    I suggest you take a standardized test in a foreign language and then report back to me about what happend to your verbal score in comparison to the respective native speakers.

    Someone's Asian!

    "For I am a sinner in the hands of an angry God. Bloody Mary full of vodka, blessed are you among cocktails. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death, which I hope is soon. Amen."

  • DagwoodDeluxe's picture

    Shouldn't be a big deal, especially if your score is 79th percentile. Even moreso if you have a strong undergrad record in math courses and strong analytical work experience (consulting, finance, etc.).

    My tips to improve quant score:
    - Only do the last 40-50 questions in each section of the official guide and quant review. They go in order from easiest to hardest and the first 80% are too easy (you won't see questions that easy on the test if you're in the 79th percentile range)
    - Check out the GMAT Club (www.gmatclub.com) tests. They are really hard, but the questions are realistic in terms of being similar to actual GMAT questions. I credit these exams with pushing my quant score up (I was in the same boat as you: 99th percentile Verbal and struggling in Quant).

    Good luck.

  • lifeofpurpose's picture

    what sort of mistakes do you make? do you rush into the answer because you dont have time, or simply you dont know how to approach the question in a quickly manner? the GMAT quant is considered "easy" therefore if you cant nail that section but still you think that math is your strong suit, then most probably you are doing "stupid" mistakes, which means you need to focus, get your act together and practice.

    How do you know you are ready? if someone asks you how to solve a certain question and you can explain the steps without actually having to use a pencil. If your answer is "let me think" , then you are not ready.

  • In reply to duffmt6
    24837's picture

    duffmt6 wrote:
    24837 wrote:
    wanna b mbb wrote:
    This is weird to me because math has been my strong suit my whole life, but oh well.

    wow, that's really weird.
    MAYBE it's because the verbal percentile rank was basically just handed to you as a native speaker?

    I suggest you take a standardized test in a foreign language and then report back to me about what happend to your verbal score in comparison to the respective native speakers.

    Someone's Asian!

    我是德国人

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    duffmt6's picture

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