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2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36)

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Location: United States
Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
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GMAT 1: 680 Q49 V33
GMAT 2: 690 Q48 V36
GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
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2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36) [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 09:17
A little background first - I attempted the GMAT right out of school in 2006 because I knew I would need it for a MBA later in life. I got a 710 (Q49 V37) and thought it was good enough and will worry about it later. I started working in 2006 and never got a chance to think about a MBA until now but since the previous score is invalid I decided to retake the GMAT.

My 1st attempt this year was on April 6th 2013 and I scored a 680 (Q49 V33). I was disappointed and I registered for a 2nd attempt.

I concentrated on Verbal for about 45 days between the 2 attempts. I took 2 Mock CATs close to the 2nd attempt and I scored 750 and 740 in those. But I knew it was skewed as I had taken GMAT Prep earlier. In general I was happy with my preparation.

On exam day, essay went well but I fell short on time in IR and had to guess the last 3 questions. I completed Quant on time but was knocked over by a couple of questions (reflects on my 1 point drop from previous attempt). Verbal started off very well, somewhere between question 10 and 15, I lost track of time and was lagging behind by about 6 minutes. It started to grow on me and by the time I reached 25th question, I knew i was in bad shape wrt to time. So i skipped a long passage and guessed 3-4 questions in a row (horrible thing to do in general but for me personally I thought its a good option). I caught up on time and did ok for the rest of the section. In general I did not have a good feeling. I was fearing I did worse than earlier attempt. But in the end I saw 690 (Q48 V36) and was happy considering the way I felt at the end of the Verbal section.

My scores leading up to the 2 tests were:

MGMAT 2: 620 (Q47 V29) February 24th
GMATPrep 1: 650 (Q49 V30) March 8th
MGMAT 3: 650 (Q44 V35) March 23rd
MGMAT 4: 660 (Q45 V35) March 25th
GMATPrep 2: 690 (Q49 V34) March 27th
MGMAT 5: 670 (Q45 V36) March 30th
MGMAT 6: 680 (Q48 V35) April 4th
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REAL GMAT1: 680 (Q49 V33) April 6th
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GMAT Prep 1: 750 (Q50 V40) May 20th
GMAT Prep 2: 740 (Q50 V39) May 23rd
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REAL GMAT2: 690 (Q48 V36) May 25th
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I have decided to concentrate on the remaining parts of the application process rather than give another shot. I have 8 years of work exp. (with growth and good numbers) and tons of really good ECs. I will spend the rest of my time on producing a stellar application to the 7 schools that I have picked for Full-Time MBA!! Good luck to everyone and reach out to me if you have any questions.
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GMAT 1: 530 Q43 V20
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Re: 2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36) [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 09:51
Congratulations! 690 is a great score and an improvement from earlier.

What material did you use during the 45 days preparation to focus on verbal? I'm considering to give 1 more try to cross the 700 barrier..

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Re: 2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36) [#permalink] New post 29 May 2013, 09:59
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I used e-gmat. I know it doesn't really reflect on my score, but they really helped me. If I didn't mess up my timing on the exam I would have been at 40 in verbal.
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Re: 2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36) [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 06:50
rajiv1984 wrote:
I used e-gmat. I know it doesn't really reflect on my score, but they really helped me. If I didn't mess up my timing on the exam I would have been at 40 in verbal.


Hi Rajiv,

I have a query since I am also sailing in the same boat - got 680( Q 49, V 33) and I have 7 years experience - was thinking if I should retake GMAT since I feel I can do better in verbal.

If you feel that you have messed up in timing during GMAT , why don't you give it another shot ?
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Concentration: Finance, Social Entrepreneurship
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GPA: 3.3
WE: Securities Sales and Trading (Other)
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Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 15

Re: 2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36) [#permalink] New post 30 May 2013, 21:23
My decision to not go for Attempt #3 is due to a combination of reasons. Firstly I have some applications due in September/October which requires me to get going right away. Secondly, I felt the timing pinch during both attempts and there is a chance I might improve but I am not sure about it. I feel a 720 vs. a 690 is not going to be the deciding factor at the end. I might be naive to think in this manner and would know best in December/January when I receive rejects/admits. Thirdly, I am starting to get pretty busy at work and I avoided a lot of work from Feb to June this year. I don't want this to start affecting my letter of recommendations. So after carefully reviewing these reason I have concluded that I will have to live with 690 and concentrate on the remaining aspect of my application.
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Re: 2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36) [#permalink] New post 16 Oct 2013, 23:36
Hi Rajiv,

I sincerely hope that your score of 690 takes you to your desired program.

I find myself ending in a similar score and hence my writing to you.

I am a retaker(last score being 630, V29,Q47. I have self prepared from MGMAT, Gmatclub and OG this time to improve my verbal to 33/34. Sensing to scale further, I had taken up eGmat couple of months earlier. Though the course along with its instructors is fantastic, I think, I might land up around 689/690(actually have taken a MGMAT CAT yesterday and scored 660). I have my GMAT date in about 20 days from now.

Alongwith brushing upon concepts taught at eGmat and striving to apply the wonderful processes for SC, CR & RC, I feel I need to have a timing strategy in place(make some guesses based upon your takt time after having devoted extra time for the first 10/15 questions etc).

It is on the above that I need your suggestion. Did you try to adopt such a strategy whereby you fumbled on the time or was it that you did not apply any strategy at all and treated every question on its merit?

I am sorry if my post is a bit too lengthy as I am slightly confused on the actionable left to maximize my score.


Regards

Argha
Re: 2nd Attempt - 690 (Q48 V36)   [#permalink] 16 Oct 2013, 23:36
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