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Failed again - 640 (Q50, V 27)

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Failed again - 640 (Q50, V 27) [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2006, 21:10
Absolutely heart broken - I am seriously flawed in my planning somewhere ... below is the history of my failures

March , 2004 -> (one month study) 650 (Q50- V 27)
Nov , 2005 -> (two weeks study) 640 (Q47 - V 32) ... for these two weeks I studied only SC
Sep , 2006 -> (Two months study) 640 (Q50 - V 27) Yeeeekssss

My verbal is not that bad now (that's what I feel) 'cause for the last 2 months I am brushing up that only. However the last 15 mins were hell for me (never drink too much water in the breaks). I fininshed the last 7 questions in 2 mins. You can guess, I just to complete.

While deciding to see or not to see the scores my curiosity got the better of me, though I knew it was not crossing 700. The same thing happened nov last year.

I applied to CMU last year an in the feedback interview they said that anything above 700 would make my profile highly competitive.
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Sep 2006, 21:37
Sorry to hear. But if you are thinking of retaking the GMAT, I suggest you do it asap while you can build on the 2-mths prep that you have just done.

Maybe one last try or aim slightly lower in terms of school selection. Personal opinion.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2006, 05:58
Realistically speaking, provided that the rest of your application is impeccable, you probably have a solid chance at all but the top 10~15 schools (~98% of AACSB accredited schools) with a GMAT score like that. If you absolutely must attend a top tier ultra-elite program, then master those SC/CR 1000 documents front to back and back to front again. Scrutinize all your errors and schedule one more retake.

Or, like the post above suggests, focus your energy on getting a scholarship at a slightly less competitive school (top 50~15).

Ultimately, you gotta make the choice yourself.

We're always here to help 8-)
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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2006, 07:43
The following post was by Praetorian. I felt it was a great post. He posted it on July 12, 2006. Please check whether it will be useful to you...

Here are some common strategic errors you can make:

1. I am strong in Quant. Lets focus on Verbal. vice-versa

2. Work two weeks straight on SC, then the next two weeks straight on on so forth.

3. I consistently get 75% correct on CR/SC/RC.

4. I must only focus on the difficult problems.

5. Three months is good enough for preparation.

6. I got that question right. I dont care if I guessed. I dont need to
review the explanation or take a second look at it.

7. I know my weaknesses. I dont see any reason to measure my

The path is long, but self-surrender makes it short;
the way is difficult, but perfect trust makes it easy.

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 [#permalink] New post 09 Sep 2006, 08:44
Both the G's seem to be my weak point, the GMAT and the GPA (3.2). I could probably improve my the average of G's by improving my GMAT score. I was almost sure of breaking the 700 barrier this time, at least the GMATPrep indicated so - I completely screwed again ... Trying to recollect myself to get ready for another try (probably the last one .... oh I am sooo unhappy) ... Was hoping to get hold of MGAT from somewhere, no store nearby seems to have a copy :-( (Calcutta, India).

Rest of my profile : 5 + years in I.T. ERP consultancy. 4 years as a contractor to GE with 2 years in US. Recently moved to sales from delivery. Current responsibilities include business development, pre sales activities, travelling to different countries (short term) for presentations, and showcasing company capability for an ERP solution.

My concerns :

1. I need to get my GMAT score a 700 + before 31 Oct, or at least two weeks before that (as some of the deadlines are 31 st Oct).

2. I don't know how would these scores look in my profile as a whole and how would someone interpret them.

3. I understand this would be my last chance probably - (I have pushed aside a job offer from GE stating my MBA plans, however recieved good recco from my Manager at GE last year). So the tension is building up.

4. I might have to travel to US by the first week of Oct for taking over my next assignment in Sales (this is tentative and may get delayed by 2-3 months, but any cance of this happening makes the uncertainity even more).

Since, I am already waiting for my next assignment as a Business Development manager (ERP), it would not be wise for me to get in to a 50th rank school, study 2 years, and spend 100K. I am looking for any school from 5-15 in rank. Consultant is what I want to become.

Thanks for all the help I recieved .... I guess I opened up a bit to let know my profile as I expect some advice from you folks - as I always get.
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