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660 - 2nd Attempt. Help Needed [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 18:33
Dear All,

I have given the GMAT twice and my scores were :

First attempt 650 - 44 Q/ 37 V

Second Attempt 660 - 45 Q / 36 V

As evident, I dont seemed to have improved one bit. When I took the second attempt, I certainly was better prepared than I took it the first attempt, and was averaging over 700 in all tests. So the results of the actual exam was def shocking. Nevertheless, I have decided to give it one more shot, and this time I am not prepared to assume that I had a bad day and go in with the same preparation.


I need your help and suggestions in taking my quant score from 45 - 49 and the verbal score from 37 - 40. I have all the Gmatclub materials with me ( 1000 SCs, RCs and CRs ) as well as the PS and DS sets.

What do you think I shuold do? I am targetting retaking the test in 3 weeks time.

Your help will be much appreciated.

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 19:00
It appears that your verbal score is significantly lower than your quant score. Is there a specific area in the verbal section you are making a high number of errors on? I would recommend focusing on your weakest area and practice from the 1,000 question bank for that specific area until test day. If you get an answer wrong search for the question in the forums and try to understand why you got it wrong. I hope that helps.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 19:06
Just off topic : Its not advisable to take the test for the 3rd time as this may not reflect well about you infront of adcoms .
What are the schools you are targetting ? i think with 660 and with other parts of your apps excellent, you can give a shot to the best schools. Just my 2 cents.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 19:16
Hi,
Thank you guys for your reply.
I am looking to apply to :
IIM - A , INSEAD ( watlisted last year), Kellogg, Michigan, Duke, Cornell
Not sure if 660 will be enough for these schools, so i thought of going for it the third time. But it is interesting to note your point on adcoms not favourably look at the third attempt. I was always under the impression that the best score counts, has any school openly said that we do not want to see too many attempts. Thanks for bringing this point up.
As for my weakest area, it has been CR. I was doing extremely well in all practice tests and My GMATprep test scores were 690 and 750. So I was kinda shocked to see the results. Nevertheless, I will keep plugging away.
I like the idea of searching for the explanation in GMATclub, will definitely look it up.
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 20:21
I agree that you should focus on your weak areas!
BTW, what is IIM -A? I'm not familiar with that abbreviation. Way too shoot for the stars with those target programs!
Keep your head up!
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 20:30
Maverick,

I have not heard explicitly from schools that they ignore the other scores and take the best scores. It may be true to some extent. But gonig by the competition , i believe anybody for that matter would give preference to a person with 720 1st attempt over a person with 720 3rd attempt , when all other aspects of application are equal.

How are the other parts of your application ? May be you can post in Ask Accepted forum and get professional advise. If i were you, i would not have considered giving the test for the 3rd time. Just take what you have and go ahead. Again its just my personal opinion. Someone else with better experience than me can have an altogether different side for the story.

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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 21:35
Hi Rahul,

Here is my profile and you can find paul's reply in the post titled " re-applicant - Help needed please".
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Hi Paul,

I am a reapplicant this year, and still aspire to be part a top school's community starting Fall 2008.

I have been a beneficiary of all the help that GMAT club extends to aspirants and would need your help in evaluating my chances this year. Just to give you a background : I applied to 3 schools for the admission cycle of July 2007. I was also waitlisted at INSEAD, which susequently did not go through. A brief on my background :

Indian, Male, Age 28 ( currently 4 yrs experience), Banking ( Credit Risk Management), Resident of Singapore,Masters in Financial engineering from Univ of Michigan, GPA 3.3. GMAT first attempt 650 ( Q 44, V 37), Second Attempt 660 (Q 45, V 36). Last time, I applied to Cornell ( 1 yr program), LBS, and INSEAD and was waitlisted by INSEAD.

Schools Interested in :
IIM A - PGPX , India
INSEAD
Duke
Michigan
Kellogg
One more elite/trans elite school (undecided)

My questions to you are :

I took my GMAT the second time today and needless to say I am terribly dissapointed on two counts : First, the score per se is terrible with only 78 perc in Q and 80 per in V. Moreover there is no substantial improvement in my score from the previous time. Second, if I take the GMAT the third time and I do succeed in scoring the 700 barrier, what effect will my previously poor scores have on it. What if i dont improve by much the third time as well, will i be harming my chances more?

Third, Do you think I have a decent shot at any of the above mentioned universities with this score and with my profile?

I am thoroghly confused. I would greatly appreciate your help.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.[/i]
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 [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2007, 22:05
Yes, i saw Paul's reply.
You should also consider one more thing. If you take GMAT for the 3rd time and end up say 670-680 instead of 700+, then i think 680 3rd attempt is no good than 660 2nd attempt. Just give a thought on this.

As Paul said, relax your criteria a bit and go ahead with 660. I would have done this. Finally it your call, think properly, evaluate all aspects, and take a good confident decision.

Keep us informed about your progress in the forum. Many people with similar experiences will get the benifit.
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