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590 - Help! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2008, 13:36
Hey everyone. I took my GMAT today and received an extremely disappointing score of 590. I was expecting over 700, so this came as quite a shock. I made a somewhat respectable 41 on the verbal section (although I was still expecting higher), but broke down on the quantitative and got a 30. What should I do? Almost everyone else with a similar story that I have seen has gotten a lower score on the verbal, so their examples aren't really of much use to me. I'm in the process of applying to Missouri University-Columbia and Saint Louis University, where the average GMAT scores are 640 and 620 respectively. My undergrad GPA was 3.65 and I have only 6 months of work experience so far. Application deadlines are approaching fast. I was hoping that a strong GMAT would make up for my lack of experience. Could I still possibly get in, or should I retake? Also, in which way can I most effectively improve my quant score? Thank you in advance.
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Re: 590 - Help! [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2008, 14:10
hi,

how does your score compare with the 80% ranges the schools post (if they post them!)? it sounds like it will be on the lower end, but the 80% range means that plenty of students with those scores were admitted. since you have less w.e., i think the schools would base your admit more on gpa and gmat, so i would definitely recommend it.

as far as prep for quant, just work tons of problems :) but be sure to understand why you get wrong the things you get wrong. so make sure the study guide you're using gives explanations. i'd also recommend studying the standard formulas (i.e., area of a triangle, volume of a cylinder, stuff like that) and knowing those cold. you just have to learn to recognize the common tricks--for that you need to study strategy. personally i used a kaplan book, but many others on here like the manhattan prep. good luck!
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Re: 590 - Help! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2008, 00:15
Average for those admitted:
3.41 undergrad GPA
623 Average GMAT (590-650 25-75% range)
2 Years Average Experience

I Have:
3.65 Undergrad GPA
590 GMAT (41Q 30V)
6 Months Experience

Do I stand a chance or should I retake the test before I apply?
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Re: 590 - Help! [#permalink] New post 30 Sep 2008, 15:49
in your first post, you say that you were expecting 700+...if you think you can get your score up there without much additional study time (had a bad day the first time or something), you'd def have a much better chance. but you're in no way out of the running since your score is in the range.

but if you think you can only raise it 20-30 points, that won't add much to the app...in that case it would be much better to spend the time on essays. in either case, since your # months of work exp is less than the avg, i think the schools will be very interested as to why you're applying *now*, so you may want to be sure to clearly articulate this in your essays. just my $0.02.
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