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# A nice surprise--but worried about Quant score

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27 Sep 2010, 11:14
I originally scheduled my GMAT for August but panicked and rescheduled it for last Saturday instead. My study plan was a 'whenever I can' plan (unfortunately that's what my sched permits)-- I used the Manhattan GMAT books, the OG Quant and OG 12th edition. I found that combined with GMAT Club tests/forums, that's basically all you need. The OG had tons of questions that looked familiar on test day. I was not nervous at all going in, because I figured I had already spent \$300 on this test, did what I could to study, and whatever happens happens.

One thing I didn't practice enough in my CATs was timing--suffice it to say, I nearly ran out of time in the quant section. The stress kind of got to me. I for sure guessed on a few questions. I downed a red bull right after the quant section.

In my verbal I got FOUR reading comp passages! It was crazy. I figured if I saw that many, that I must have been doing pretty well.

I submitted my scores and saw the result: 630 (36Q/40V). Not sure of AWA yet but confident thanks to chineseburned's guide. I'm personally happy with this, as I was getting 590s in my CATs.

...But I'm kind of freaking about the weak quant score. I have good undergrad quant grades (4.0 in finance, 3.0 accounting), and I'm hoping that if I use this in my essays that it will translate. My schools are Vanderbilt (av GMAT 660), UC Irvine (av gmat 670) and safety U of San Francisco (av GMAT 590), all Round 1. I am hoping for the best!!! No plans to retake at this time.

Thanks for all your help- I'm a lurker on the boards but there has been a lot of information I've gotten from this site.

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27 Sep 2010, 12:10
strong verbal is very good but yea quant sucks. But one side has to give to get a 630. You might panic if the verbal was low and quant high. you could retake if you have the time and want to do better but i dont see much of a problem
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27 Sep 2010, 12:26
I believe getting 4 RC passages is normal. You should see 3 short passages with 3 questions each and 1 long passage with 4 question if I was told right. When I first took the GMAT I wasn't aware of this and thought I was done with RC after I got 3 passages. I got near the end of the verbal section on test day and saw I had plenty of time left and started taking my time. Then the long RC passage came a few questions later and it screwed up my score since I had to rush the last 5 or questions and didn't even answer the last question (big mistake). I did not practice or pay attention to my timing enough and it probably cost me at least 30 points on test day since I ran out of time on both sections.

If you decide to retake and focused on quant and did the Gmatclub math tests I bet you could get you quant score up pretty quickly since you have a strong math background. For verbal focusing entirely on SC has been the best way to increase my score.
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01 Oct 2010, 19:33
Quant can definitely go up. Especially, if you participate regularly on the Quant threads here.
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01 Oct 2010, 23:07
Your verbal score is really great!

For Quant section you can try Veritas guides also try gmatclub quant tests for tough questions.
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02 Oct 2010, 04:40
Congrats on a good Verbal score. The schools will want to see that you can handle the rigorous curriculum so your GPA in a quantitative based major should balance out the weaker GMAT Quant score. Were your practice Quant scores in that range? If so, I wouldn't retake. Focus on your apps. Good luck!
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