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I have a GRE from a few years ago equivalent to a 750 GMAT. Quant is the only section where I lost points. At this point, is it worth attempting a marginally higher score on the GMAT, esp quant?

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IBM1 — yes that’s right, my quant was a 164. My understanding was that this is the median quant score at M7 schools, though I wasn’t sure to what extent schools would index on the fact that GRE quant is easier than GMAT. Seeing as I have also done well in quantitative courses in college and am working a quant-heavy job, I wasn’t sure to what extent I would need to further prove that competency via the GMAT per se.

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(Cont) Aiming to apply in the fall to a few M7 schools. I am not one of those people who can swing a high score on an investment of nothing, so I am trying to understand if it would be worth expending this effort on a higher GMAT vs. working on other elements of the application. For reference, my GPA is also in range (3.9+). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated

In the midst of GMAT studying right now and it is such a time suck. I’d love to be in your position, me personally I’d keep the GRE score and spend the free time really building a solid application

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Nope, spend the time on your apps and essays

Thank you all for the input!

What is your actual gre score breakdown? You imply that you got a perfect verbal, which means your quant would be like low 160s (correct me of i’m wrong). While this isn’t terrible, a low GRE quant would probably raise some questions with the M7, considering GRE math is supposed to be easier. Just food for thought.

Here’s where translating GMAT to GRE gets tricky. Published median quant score at M7 schools are based on the GMAT. A 164 gre quant is roughly equivalent to a 45-46 GMAT quant, which is around the 60th pctl- much below m7. That said, i don’t think they will question your quant abilities given your background. However, to throw another question into the mix, you are seemingly great at verbal, which can be a HUGE benefit for gmat. Gmat percentiles are weird. While a 46/51 is 99th pctl in verbal, a 50/51 quant is only 83 pctl. Thus, if you are good at verbal you can supercharge your score. So that’s some more food for thought for you. By no means do you have to take the gmat, but if you think you might have the time for it, it definitely wouldnt hurt. Especially for m7.

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