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26 Oct 2005, 10:35
took my GMAT today.. and as the score suggests... got hammered
Q:48, V:31 - as you can see.. my verbal sucked and I missed 1 question

Math I guess was ok..
Overall... math was a notch above OG... less tougher than GMATPrep. Got Probability and PC early on... nothing out of the blue though.. 2-3 step questions. Surprisingly no geomteric figures!! 1-2 simple geometry problems.. lots of wordy DS problems... I think I finished math 2 mins ahead of time.

Verbal.. SC's were OG Level... I must have screwed up on RC and CR big time... got two RC's back to back (3-10 I think).... couple of BF type questions in CR... but I lost track of time on verbal... had two back to back CR's in the end with like 30 secs left... panicked and ended up missing the last one

Disappointed. I may just apply with this score as I certainly don't plan on taking it again.
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26 Oct 2005, 10:49

Did not know about your verbal skills but your quant skills are definitely on 700 level. and q48 is also definitely in the 700 range..

are you sure you dont want to retake it after a thorough verbal drill?
I have the same problem.. weak verbal, and I hope to improve on my second try.

How come your verbal was bad? did you practise less? were you suprised about the verbal result?
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26 Oct 2005, 10:52
Vikram 640 is not that bad a score...cheer up man there is a lot more to the app process that just the GMAT score....work on the other aspects and you shall do just fine.

Btw which schools are u targetting and whats u r background?

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26 Oct 2005, 11:00
Thanks Nero, Paaji...

I dont think my verbal (RC in particular) was spectacular to begin with... I was ranging 30-40 on the practice tests unlike math (48-51) which turned out to be consistent. Basically there was too much variance in my verbal than quant. Hence I don't think I was way too surprised... should have put in some more effort (a month more at least).

Paaji - I'm targetting Operations Management program. My background is manufacturing. I have 5+ yrs of manufacturing experience with a certain automobile company. The program I was targetting was LFM (MIT)... with UMich (TMI), Purdue and CMU the other choices.... Purdue and CMU look reachable... UMich probably not and LFM may be a lucky shot now.

Anyways... its app time... and time to give it my best shot
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26 Oct 2005, 11:16
Hey Vikram! Sorry to hear that. You deserve a lot more that this. I think the 48 in Math doesn't do you justice either. This is exactly the same score (with the same split) I had in my first attempt. Definitely, 640 not bad by any means. Just check the score range in the the Universities that you plan to apply to. That should give you a better idea. Anyway, take some time off, a couple of days break will do a world of good. PM me if I can be of any help.

Good Luck!
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26 Oct 2005, 11:30
640 is not a bad score at all. In fact, I would be ecstatic with that score (although I'm only looking at P/T programs with an average of 630). So long as you're in the range of the schools you're applying to, you still have a great opportunity at being accepted. The biggest hurdle now is to make your application stand out; specifically, make the essay(s) as compelling as possible. Emphasize leadership and state your goals as uniquely as possible.

Don't be down on yourself. The GMAT is just a little piece to the puzzle. Your puzzle is still in great shape.
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26 Oct 2005, 20:53
I second that. 640 is not a bad score......and from the posts I've seen from you, you definitely are capable of a 700+ score.

From what I've read by recent test takers, it seems that quant is considerably harder than the ones from OG.

Did you see alot of number properties?
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26 Oct 2005, 22:03
Oh! Don't loose hope viks! There are many warriors on this forum who have proved it! I was just reading chet719's post, he has jumped from 530 to 710!!!

I'm sure you will do it. Treat this as nothing more than a practice test!

And, congratulations! your quant score is great! Let's keep up the hard work
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27 Oct 2005, 03:43
I passively read your maths post ...and sure you're well-qualified to ace the maths part .....I understand the strict timing in verbal part ...I do suffer from it too. Anyway, 640 is not bad at all!! . I'm sure if you retake GMAT, you'll hit the 700 range!!! . Cheer up, friend ....you're deserved much more! Retake it if you can
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27 Oct 2005, 04:44
Hi vikram, you shouldn't get down on yourself for a 640. Think of how many people out there who could only dream of a score over 600. At the end of the day, you know you gave it your best shot and I'm sure you will make it to one of your choice schools.

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27 Oct 2005, 05:21
Thanks for all the encouragement!
I don't feel that bad anymore

TeHCM - yes.. there were a few number properties... but not as tough as what we discussed here on the forum. If you spend time on this forum.. you'll find GMAT math a cakewalk. I strongly encourage you to look at GMATPrep tests... I was surprised to see the similarities between the problems in GMATPrep and the test I took.. Lots of wordy DS questions.
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27 Oct 2005, 05:35
vikramm wrote:
Thanks for all the encouragement!
I don't feel that bad anymore

TeHCM - yes.. there were a few number properties... but not as tough as what we discussed here on the forum. If you spend time on this forum.. you'll find GMAT math a cakewalk. I strongly encourage you to look at GMATPrep tests... I was surprised to see the similarities between the problems in GMATPrep and the test I took.. Lots of wordy DS questions.

GMATPrep = PowerPrep software from mba.com?
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27 Oct 2005, 05:55
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vikramm wrote:
Thanks for all the encouragement!
I don't feel that bad anymore

TeHCM - yes.. there were a few number properties... but not as tough as what we discussed here on the forum. If you spend time on this forum.. you'll find GMAT math a cakewalk. I strongly encourage you to look at GMATPrep tests... I was surprised to see the similarities between the problems in GMATPrep and the test I took.. Lots of wordy DS questions.

GMATPrep = PowerPrep software from mba.com?

GMATPrep is the newer version of PowerPrep - the new interface for ACT/Vue. Its available for download at MBA.com..
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27 Oct 2005, 05:57
I downloaded gmat powerprep v3.0 some weeks ago.. is that the one?
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27 Oct 2005, 06:58
PowerPrep is the old software from mba.com (2005 format tests).

GMATPrep is the new software that comes in the 2006 format.

<a href="http://www.mba.com/mba/TaketheGMAT/ToolsToHelpYouPrepare/GMATPrepProducts/2006/FreeGMATPrepTestPreparationSoftware.htm">Here is the link to it.</a>

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27 Oct 2005, 07:13
Congratulations Vikramm! 640 is a damn solid score and nearly a "clear admit" for most descent accredited b-schools. I knew that math was always your strong point and it definately reflects in your Q48 (90%).
If you are planning to apply in R2 like most of us, then why not go ballistic for one more month attacking every problem in the verbal forum? Your true ability probably lies another 60-80 points higher, which is definately achievable within 4-5 weeks. We are all here for you buddy.

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27 Oct 2005, 07:56
hey Vik...

awsome score...I know someone who had a score of 640 and he got into Kellog...waitlisted at chicago later dinged cause he was probably too old he was 33 yrs old when he applied....he was a salesguy..so he really sold himself well in the essays...

so you can get into Chicago and Kellog...just yesterday at a golf outing, I ran into this guy who just graduated from NYU and he had a 650 on GMAT...
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27 Oct 2005, 08:14
Yep - the adcoms already know your numbers so the essays will let them know who you really are. Show them you have the intangibles and well-rounded lifestyle that will allow you to succeed in their program...and make sure they know you are passionate about their school.
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27 Oct 2005, 09:37
Thanks for all the encouragement guys... will decide on round2 with Gmat next week. I'll just enjoy the next few days off

All the best with your tests!
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27 Oct 2005, 10:35
Hey Vik. I know you have probably gotten enough encouragement already. I know your pain, when your score is just not representative of your abilities. Remember its just a test. Good luck with your apps and with the GMAT if you decide to take it again.
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