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670 in one week - retake or apply? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 07:52
Hi,

My name is Bartek and I have just finished my GMAT exam. As I was preparing only 1 week for the exam, I have scored 670 points. I know that it is not a superb score but in other hand it is not so bad. I'm 21 years old, I'm from Poland and I am currently finishing my Bachelor degree (Quant. Economics) and I am also studying Law as the second degree.

Now I am working as a senior specialist (investment funds) at bank and reseach assistant (energy and environment) at embassy. Naturally, I have also experience in other companies and industries. I was also active in foundations associations and student organizations. Last year, I have also finished my exchange programme (in Norway).

Now I am considering applying for the best universities in USA (MIT etc.) or retaking the exam after the preparation or applying for European/Asian Master programmes. Naturally, the first choice is USA but I have no idea if I could be accepted with such a GMAT score.

Thanks for all the comments ;)

During this week of preparation:
I have made tests from official GMAT guide (free one) scoring in the first attempt 550 and in the last 700 (the highest one was 720). I have also skimmed through Manhattan books (I looked mainly on the correct answers). I spend a total of 10-20 hours on preparations and I had a good sleep and breakfast before the exam. As I know that this amount of preparation would probably not lead me to the best score I was not stressed during the exam and during every break I have refreshed my face with a cold water.

I have finished exam about an hour before the deadline (around 30 minutes were left after finishing each part - Q&V) so this probably caused some mistakes that I have made during my GMAT exam. What was astonighing for me was the fact that I got better score from Verb than the Quant (during preparations it was opposite and actually I felt that I will easily nail Quantitative part and Verbal part will be a challenge for me during the real exam).

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Re: 670 in one week - retake or apply? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 11:32
You finished both sections 30 minutes before the deadline and got 670?? with 20 hours preparation?

If I am not missing anything here, then you SHOULD retake without a shadow of a doubt.
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Re: 670 in one week - retake or apply? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 11:36
This may be a good point, but some B-Schools' deadline is in early January so there is no possibility for me to retake the exam before it.
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Re: 670 in one week - retake or apply? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 11:45
Apply to the deadlines in January with your 670 and retake for later deadlines.
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Re: 670 in one week - retake or apply? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2012, 11:50
FEARLON wrote:
This may be a good point, but some B-Schools' deadline is in early January so there is no possibility for me to retake the exam before it.



You are in an awesome place, and I second the notion of retaking the exam. You could have an 800 on the exam with very little work experience and be rejected from the top schools. However, if you apply yourself, get a solid 700+ now, and then in a year or two apply with a solid vision of your career future and a strong record of work experience, you will be a competitive applicant at any program.

My two cents, but free advice is typically worth just that! :)
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