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580 (Q:39 V:31) - how much does this score REALLY count??

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580 (Q:39 V:31) - how much does this score REALLY count?? [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2003, 06:15
I wrote my gmat today and got 580 (Q:39 V:31) :? . Verbal was disappointing (English 2nd lang). I did not finish EITHER sections and had to guess my last 5 questions just to make it to the end i.e by cut-off.

I guess the frustrating part here is that I am so close yet so far. I want to apply to a top tier MBA school (current gmat average for January intake around 703), but since the final deadline for the January intake is around the corner, I don't know whether I should give it a bash and send in my applications. There is not enough time to work this score up. Next intakes are only in Sept '04.

I think my profile is quite strong - 4 yrs in Big5 strategy consulting, full scholarship for University, just moved to France for that "international working experience", good recommendation letters...wrapping-up my essays with an "ex-MBA-candidate-from-THE-school's" coach.

What do you think - should I send my applications or rather improve my gmat first? Do I have a chance AT ALL?

Advice WELCOME!..... :?:
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2003, 06:45
Eliza,

I dont know how many schools you are planning to apply to? In my view in your list of schools , if you are planning to apply to 5 schools, you can send this to 2 schools and take a chance. schools which have an average score of 650 could look at your credentials and recommendation letters closely and if they are outstanding as you say , you may still make it.

But, if you have the time you could give Gmat a shot again after improving on your strategy.

In this forum there are people who have improved 50-100 points in their second attempt.

Good luck :)
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Jabs - thanks for your advise - I am only planning to apply to 2 schools. The one requires a gmat average of around 650 and the other of around 700. Perhaps I'll send my application to the first only, as you suggested...E
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Re: 580 (Q:39 V:31) - how much does this score REALLY count? [#permalink] New post 18 Jun 2003, 14:00
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I wrote my gmat today and got 580 (Q:39 V:31) :? . Verbal was disappointing (English 2nd lang). I did not finish EITHER sections and had to guess my last 5 questions just to make it to the end i.e by cut-off.

I guess the frustrating part here is that I am so close yet so far. I want to apply to a top tier MBA school (current gmat average for January intake around 703), but since the final deadline for the January intake is around the corner, I don't know whether I should give it a bash and send in my applications. There is not enough time to work this score up. Next intakes are only in Sept '04.

I think my profile is quite strong - 4 yrs in Big5 strategy consulting, full scholarship for University, just moved to France for that "international working experience", good recommendation letters...wrapping-up my essays with an "ex-MBA-candidate-from-THE-school's" coach.

What do you think - should I send my applications or rather improve my gmat first? Do I have a chance AT ALL?

Advice WELCOME!..... :?:



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 [#permalink] New post 19 Jun 2003, 00:35
Well the "big" schools (or the 2 I am going for) state on their web sites that if you applied once and did not make it, you should not bother to try again......I find that hard to believe though.

But well, I have decided to rewrite the GMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!! It feels as if this test has taken complete control of my life! What about you guys?

Apparently around the end i.e. before the final deadline of an intake group, there are only a few seats left and the competition gets harder to get in...so I don't think my 580 will go too far at this point!

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Well the "big" schools (or the 2 I am going for) state on their web sites that if you applied once and did not make it, you should not bother to try again......I find that hard to believe though.

But well, I have decided to rewrite the GMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!! It feels as if this test has taken complete control of my life! What about you guys?

Apparently around the end i.e. before the final deadline of an intake group, there are only a few seats left and the competition gets harder to get in...so I don't think my 580 will go too far at this point!

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Probably your reasoning is correct, unfortunately.

If there are a few seats and a lot of applicants, the adcom my try to weed out the low gmat folks first as not to bother reading application essays too much. (I am still not completely sure about the process and about who reads the essays, but this is my impression).

That's a little cruel too about one chance :) Sounds like Europe :wink: I am from "europe" by the way if Ukraine counts, which it probably does not.

I had GMAT as the goal of my life for about half a year. At some point I almost forgot that I have to do smth else. It is actually quite a bummer when you do well on the gmat and then you have to do the essays, and I really suck in this field. I think I have invested too much time and effort in teh GMAT that I almost was disgusted with the whole application thing and ran out of juice for essays and the rest....


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