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640 - need advices on my application situation- help! [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2009, 17:06
hey all,

i've been now a somewhat long time lurker and needed you guys advices on my current situation.

I just passed my gmat today and got a mere 640 (q43, v35), far from what i was expecting (i was consistently scoring 720+ on every test i did (2 powerprep, 4 (old/new) gmat prep, 3 mgmat, ...). 640 was what i got when i started studying back in sept.. Anyway, as you can imagine, i'm rather shocked.

I'll be applying for a phd for next sept, most of the applications are due for early january.

Now, I need your advices: is it worth it? Do you guys think I have any chances of getting in somewhere?

I was looking at columbia, nyu, wharton because of some professors there that really got my interest but now my options, if any, are much more limited.

I'd appreciate any input! thanks..

p.s. i've already checked to pass the gre but the earliest date is in january in my area and that won't make the application deadlines.
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Re: 640 - need advices on my application situation- help! [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 02:02
Experts can help you in detail, but from my personal experience , I can tell you that GMAT score doesn't really matter if your profile is very strong. I know few people who got calls from/admitted to good universities(top 20's!!!) with GMAT score less than 650.
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Re: 640 - need advices on my application situation- help! [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 02:11
What about retake?? There is every possiblity that you had a bad day.

Your practice scores don't reflect your actual score, so what's the issue in retaking this dammn thing within 2 weeks??
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Re: 640 - need advices on my application situation- help! [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2009, 09:09
@Spoilt for an mba or a phd? and thanks, that's really reassuring!!

@hussain15: yeah I'll take a retake mid december (I didn't think I'd have the time when I started this thread) but since you need to have 31 days between 2 tests and it takes 20 days for your results to get wherever you sent them, I'll miss quite a few deadlines and I'm left out with universities i'm not that excited about ...

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Re: 640 - need advices on my application situation- help! [#permalink] New post 25 Nov 2009, 03:39
logmeup wrote:
@Spoilt for an mba or a phd? and thanks, that's really reassuring!!



Frankly speaking - No ideas about PhD, I know only about MBA.
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Re: 640 - need advices on my application situation- help! [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2009, 15:43
just came back from the test, got 720 (q48, v41) thanks for the support!
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