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700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ?

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700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 19:39
Dear all,

I took the GMAT yesterday and scored a 700(Q50,V34). :-(
I had prepared for approx. 2 months and had done the following during my preps -
1. OG -11 - Did this book thrice(only the verbal section as I found quant too easy so I attempted the quant section only once)
2. Kaplan 800 - Did this book once. And noted the important points.
3. Manhattan SC - Did this book twice during preps and once before the exam for revision.
4. Spidey's notes - verbal.
5. GMAT prep

GMAT Prep scores
GMAT Prep-1- 660
GMAT Prep-2(re-take)- 700 (Q51,V32)
GMAT Prep-1- 710 (Q51,V34)
GMAT Prep-2(re-take)- 710 (Q50,V36)
GMAT Prep-1(re-take after installing the software again - 3 days before the real exam) - 740 (Q51,V40)

I started doing 1000 SCs and RCs, but could do about 30 questions each (lack of time, lot of work at office,etc - reasons that don't matter).

About the experience on the D-day
- I finished the quant section 10 mins before time.- I found the questions harder than any of the GMAT sources i had studied from. The last question was pretty easy so I thought I had missed the 51 bus.
- I finished the Verbal section dot on time. I had exactly 1 min 30 secs left for my last question, which was an SC (and an easier one - thanks to my verbal scores).

I was targetting the top 10 b-schools...but again thanks to my performance, i believe GMAT won't give me the edge.

Please help/suggest me whether I should take the exam again ? Also, how do I find out what universities I can get at this score.

About my profile - I have 2.5 yrs of work experience. Good Academics.
No extra curriculars to boast abt. - have not really done much on this front... :)
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Re: 700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ? [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2008, 22:35
I don't see why not, especially if you're aiming for top schools. You can easily bump your V to a 40+, and at least get a 50 again. 50/40 will give you 740/750, 51/45+ will give you 780+.
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Re: 700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ? [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2008, 07:20
StartupAddict - thanks for your encouraging words. The issue i don't exactly know what went wrong in the exam.

Please advise -
1. when i should re-take the exam ?
2. How to improve scores in the verbal section ? (i have faced issues with RC & SC - know this through my experience during gmat preparation)
3. In case I don't take the GMAT exam again - which universities can I apply to and do I have a scope of selection at this score with my profile(refer to my previous post).

Guys,

Please advise.
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Re: 700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ? [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2008, 07:35
Aviator,

Are you Indian or Asian-American? If so, retaking might be a good idea since these groups generally score very high. If not, you may have a shot at top-ten depending on the details of your profile and how well you execute your applications.

I had the dilemma after scoring a 700, but decided against it since I am only aiming for one top-10 and the rest 10-25. I figured the time and energy is better used when applied to my apps....and most of the "experts" concurred.
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Re: 700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2011, 05:25
You have a great score congrats.
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Re: 700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2011, 21:53
dzodzo85... its quite old thread
Re: 700(Q50,V34) - Should I retake the exam ?   [#permalink] 13 Dec 2011, 21:53
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