GMAT 620 - should I retake?


I am an American girl who just took the GMAT and underperformed, with a 620. I was testing in the 680 range in the practice tests I took, but I guess I just wasn't as prepared as I could have been. Here's my dilemma:

I need to apply for a 2015 intake, and I am targeting European schools. I know that round 1's have closed for many of the good programs like HEC Paris and Copenhagen, but I could squeeze in to the round 2 deadlines at some other schools that I'm interested like ESSEC. Or I could try to retake the GMAT and see if I can score better, but apply in round 3 or later. I've read that it's a bit trickier to apply in the later rounds though, so I'm not sure this is the right approach.

The other parts of my application are pretty solid, I have 7 years of work experience in retail and retail operations. My bachelor's degree was in an arts field, but I graduated with honors. I have a substantial amount of volunteer experience, including helping some local internet fashion and retailling sites off the ground. Would my background be enough to compensate for my poor GMAT score?
I am an American girl who just took the GMAT and underperformed, with a 620. I was testing in the 680 range in the practice tests I took, but I guess I just wasn't as prepared as I could have been. Here's my dilemma:

I need to apply for a 2015 intake, and I am targeting European schools. I know that round 1's have closed for many of the good programs like HEC Paris and Copenhagen, but I could squeeze in to the round 2 deadlines at some other schools that I'm interested like ESSEC. Or I could try to retake the GMAT and see if I can score better, but apply in round 3 or later. I've read that it's a bit trickier to apply in the later rounds though, so I'm not sure this is the right approach.

The other parts of my application are pretty solid, I have 7 years of work experience in retail and retail operations. My bachelor's degree was in an arts field, but I graduated with honors. I have a substantial amount of volunteer experience, including helping some local internet fashion and retailling sites off the ground. Would my background be enough to compensate for my poor GMAT score?
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Duncan
Apply now and tell then you will retake. Give them the retake date.
Apply now and tell then you will retake. Give them the retake date.
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Thanks for the advice. I think I will do just that.
Thanks for the advice. I think I will do just that.
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