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From 490 > 670 > 620. >=[ I'm I screwed?

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From 490 > 670 > 620. >=[ I'm I screwed? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2009, 06:18
So, I'm finally done with the GMAT, and it's not because I came out victorious and got a 700 + - Things didn't turn out as well as I expected, and I can't afford to spend more time studying for it.

But again, just wanted to thank gmatclub and its members for their wisdom, as there would have been no way I would have jumped from 490 to 670 in the first place without you guys/gals :P

I took the GMAT in Dec 08, and got a 670. I studied 6 more months, betting that I would break the 700 mark, but I felt short... extremely short. It was a gamble, and I was confident, but I guess it just didn't work out. It took me awhile to get over it, but I guess I'm more at peace with the score now.

So here's the rundown:
Attempt 1 - 490 Q30 V 27, AWA 4.5
Attempt 2 - 670 Q46 V 36, AWA 6.0
Attempt 3 - 620 Q42 V 35, AWA 5.5

My concern is the broad range of scores I've received on the test. Is this going to be frowned upon? Few friends told me that the jump from 490 to 670 is good, but now with the 620 in the mix, does that negatively impact me? People say that only the highest score counts, but I feel that is subjective when admissions review all the previous scores as well. Would they think I got lucky?

I'm appling for Fall 2010. Of course, I had hopes for HBS, Wharton and Columbia, but now they're all long shots.
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Re: From 490 > 670 > 620. >=[ I'm I screwed? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2009, 10:35
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Lol. Thanks man, I always love your insights.

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I think the 670 can work.

The 700 gives you a fuzzy warm feeling, but 670 can work too but by no means a guarantee.

Retaking the test is a tough proposition - a number of people get lower scores, esp after extended amount of studying and time. I would get a good eval from one of the admissions consultants and see if your score will be in the way or potentially your overall application needs to be strengthened regardless of GMAT score to get into Wharton or HBS or Columbia.

You are obviously very familiar with GMAT Club - you have seen the thread about admits and dings: 2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475.html - this is the 2010 thread (see the 2009 one linked there).

I think your success with admissions will depend on Strategy and positioning. I would do a research or if you are short on time hire a consultant who would just put it all on the paper in terms of your options with each school, what is lacking and when it is best to apply. Then you will know your options. You still have plenty of time to address any weaknesses.

If the top 5 are indeed your dream - pursue it! Don't let GMAT score get in your way - it is not permanent and fixable - I know it feels that it may not be after prepping for 6 months, but it is - you will look at it and laugh in a few years (just dont' forget about us as you are cruising in your S600).


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Re: From 490 > 670 > 620. >=[ I'm I screwed? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2009, 07:40
I don't think that drop from 670 to 620 will damage your application. You should be competitive (based just on GMAT score) at Trans Elites and some Elites, and of course on majority of Euro schools except LBS and INSEAD. Vast majority of schools pay attention only to your highest score, so the school that would have admitted you with 670 is going to do so with 670 -> 620, also. I wouldn't worry about that at all. You just have to select schools carefully in order to find couple of schools in which 670 is competitive.

Btw, how old are you and what is your work experience?
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Re: From 490 > 670 > 620. >=[ I'm I screwed? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2009, 07:54
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Re: From 490 > 670 > 620. >=[ I'm I screwed? [#permalink] New post 17 Jun 2009, 09:54
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I think the 670 can work.

The 700 gives you a fuzzy warm feeling, but 670 can work too but by no means a guarantee.

Retaking the test is a tough proposition - a number of people get lower scores, esp after extended amount of studying and time. I would get a good eval from one of the admissions consultants and see if your score will be in the way or potentially your overall application needs to be strengthened regardless of GMAT score to get into Wharton or HBS or Columbia.

You are obviously very familiar with GMAT Club - you have seen the thread about admits and dings: 2010-profiles-w-admit-dings-results-no-discussion-78475.html - this is the 2010 thread (see the 2009 one linked there).

I think your success with admissions will depend on Strategy and positioning. I would do a research or if you are short on time hire a consultant who would just put it all on the paper in terms of your options with each school, what is lacking and when it is best to apply. Then you will know your options. You still have plenty of time to address any weaknesses.

If the top 5 are indeed your dream - pursue it! Don't let GMAT score get in your way - it is not permanent and fixable - I know it feels that it may not be after prepping for 6 months, but it is - you will look at it and laugh in a few years (just dont' forget about us as you are cruising in your S600).


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