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680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 05:16
Hi Guys,

I have been a silent follower of this web site for quite sometime now. Here is my GMAT experience:

1st attempt: 08/05/09

620 (Q45, V31); AWA: 5.0

Study Material:

Manhattan SC
OG 10 & 11
1000 CR

Prep scores:
GMAT Prep: ranged from (660-700).
Cambridge: (620-650)

2nd attempt: 9/28/09

680 (Q49, V33)
overall - 86 %
Q 49 - 87%
V 33 - 66%

Study material:
OG 12
Manhattan Num properties
Manhattan SC
1000 SC

Test Day:

AWA section: AWA section went well. Even though I am not a native english speaker, somehow my writing skills are better than average. The essays were pretty easy and I was able to finish this section in the stipulated amount of time.

Quant: This has always been my plus point given the background that I hail from, but my quant experience in the first attempt was a shocker since I have been scored below 95% in any of the quant tests that i have given so far. Neverthless, i took the experience from my 1st attempt and made sure that I did not repeat the silly mistakes that had cost me dearly. One thing I am good about is reading quant solutions as in going through the solution from OG 12 was sufficient for me to get upto the speed.

The quant questions on the second attempt were very much closer to the difficulty level in OG. I did see combinations and probability questions in the last 7 sections of the test. There were couple of questions in the middle of the section which threw me completely out of balance and I decided to make educated guess and move on. Luckily, that did not hamper my quant score.

Verbal: This has always been a challenge for me as I neither have a good understanding of the basics nor do I have a good vocabulary. The two most challenging portions of this section were SC and RC. Somehow, I felt that CR was not a problem for me bcause I am pretty strong with my analytical skills. Based on my experience in the first attempt, I decided to focus completely on SC and kind of neglected RC because I was thinking that practising RC's was not going to improve my accuracy.

Thought of Concern:

I hail from the famous IIM back ground (Indian IT male, although my experience has been in Business analysis which is more oriented towards the functional side of the business). Also, I have had a very good growth experience in my job history i.e. within 6 months of joining I was promoted to Lead business analyst and assisant project manager. Hopefully, this is a plus point in my apps. In addition, I also have a very diversified back ground i.e. my education has been in chemical engineering with couple of research papers but ended up working in IT. I have an MS (Master's of Science) with 3.5 GPA.

Could anyone please advise whether i should give GMAT another try because my verbal is slightly below par. I aspire to apply to the following schools:

Wharton
Chicago Booth
Tuck
MIT
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 05:59
I would say Go retake .you can surely improve.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 06:07
Thanks for the prompt response.

I am a bit worried about taking the GMAT for the third time even though I have had a drastic improvements between my first and second attempt i.e. 620 to 680. Not sure, how ad coms would perceive 3 attempts.

Responses are much appreciated.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 08:47
Guys,

Please suggest. Your valuable insight will be very helpful to me.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 09:32
For most of the top schools upto 4 times is not really frowned upon. So, go ahead and give it your best shot.

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Thanks for the prompt response.

I am a bit worried about taking the GMAT for the third time even though I have had a drastic improvements between my first and second attempt i.e. 620 to 680. Not sure, how ad coms would perceive 3 attempts.

Responses are much appreciated.

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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 12:59
First of all, Congrats for a good score! Second, you should definitely give it another shot if you are aiming for top 15 schools. Concentrate on your verbal. You have good quant abilities.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2009, 13:45
Thanks for the response. Even I was thinking the same but because the deadline for round 2 applications in close by, I was not sure whether to concentrate solely on the 3rd attempt or start working on the apps.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33); AWA 6.0 [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2009, 13:09
Hi Guys,

I just received my AWA score and I am happy to report that i received 6.0 (90%).

This has created a new confusion regarding my 3rd attempt.

Is it possible that the adcoms could consider my AWA score to compensate my average Verbal score.

Please suggest.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 03 Oct 2009, 13:18
Hi,

Please read through this thread for some advice about whether to retake the GMAT: should-i-retake-gmat-thread-retaking-gmat-strategies-83339.html

In general, the AWA is not really a huge factor in adcoms decision. It's good that you got a 6.0, but I don't think that it will erase the fact that your verbal score is weak. You might better post your "to retake or not to retake" in one of the admissions consultants forums, as they have more experience dealing with questions like these. however, judging from your background (indian IT male), i'd say retaking and getting a better verbal score would be a good way to go.
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Re: 680 (Q49, V33) [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 05:48
Take it again if you have the time. It seems that schools will be competitive with this economy, so many will be aiming for high GMAT scores...
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