I took my first GMAT in August '11 and somehow managed to get a 700 (Q47, V39), which was the highest I had ever managed to score in my practice tests, so I was pleasantly surprised at this outcome. Of course I thought I could do better with some more studying, so I proceeded to study for a few more months and try again. I just took my second GMAT yesterday and ended up with a very disappointing 60-point drop to 640. I think my mind just wasn't there this time around, and more than anything I wanted to get the test done. To say the least I was extremely disheartened.
So now I'm left with a couple questions:
1. Should I take the test a third time and try to break 700 or be happy with the 700 and focus on my extracurriculars/work experience? (I don't think I'd be able to study on my own for a third round, though. I've taken the 6 MGMAT CAT tests twice, 2 GMATPrep tests
twice, gone through all the MGMAT books
, PowerScore CR
Bible, Total GMAT Math
, and I've done the OG problems and the the MGMAT Question Banks.)
2. I've read everywhere that most/all schools take your highest score, but will that second score will be looked down upon by the adcom?
A little more about me:
I am aiming for a top 10 school (Kellogg, Columbia, Wharton, Haas, Fuqua).
I'm only 2.5 years out of undergrad so I don't plan on applying until at least 2012 or 2013.
I graduated with a 3.5 GPA in Business Economics, currently working in media, and have a marketing leadership position with a non-profit organization.
Appreciate any advice! Thanks!