I just gave my GMAT and I was seriously not hoping to go down this lane.
I graduated from college last year and have a low Grade Point, 2.8/4. The colleges I am aiming for are IE, IESE, NUS, NYU INSEAD, HEC, HAAS and Columbia.
Currently I'm working in EMC as an Associate Consultant and am dealing primarily with projects related to Big Data Analytics.
I had initially prepared from May 2013 to the ending of July 2013. That is a solid 3 month preparation. However, I couldn't give any tests and off load GMAT from my planner because of the joining that came in between. I had to report early to my Job location and amidst all the chaos and excitement I lost touch. I started preparing again from November. This was more mellow than the previous prep. I regularly gave an hour or so to solving compilations from gmatclub and some other books such as Aristotle. Again, focussing primarily on verbal. It took me a month to really get into the groove and i scheduled the test for 17th Jan. I started writing practice tests from 4th Jan onwards and gave 11 complete tests. Below are my scores:
Grockit Q50 V46 S740
Princeton Review#2 S720
Manhatan Gmat Free Online Test Q47 V37 S690Manhattan Gmat
PDF Test 1 S720Manhattan Gmat
PDF Test 2 S750Manhattan Gmat
PDF Test 3 S770
Gmat prep 1(Retake) Q48 V41 S720Kaplan
Test 1 S760Kaplan
Test 2 S750Kaplan
Test 3 S760
Gmat prep 2(Retake) Q50 V35 S710
GMAT TEST Q50 (89Percentile) V35 (80Percentile) S710 IR 7 (82Percentile)
On the test I could not complete my verbal on time. I had to guess an entire passage and that i believe just screwed it up for me.
However I feel I am worth more than that and I can overcome the time factor by practising more full length tests. The disappointment is that although I scored fairly well in the MGMAT tests and Kaplan premier
2013 tests, I failed to replicate the same performance on my GMAT prep and in the end i got the same result as I did on the GMAT prep tests. The MGMAT tests were PDF tests and the score is estimated using the score sheet i found on gmatclub. I was always confident of scoring at least a 730 and optimistic about a 750 score on the GMAT.
My questions are:
1> Going by my mock test performance is it realistic to retake the exam. I understand that there is no hard and fast rule here but i need one of you experts to gauge my performance.
2> Is a 710 and the current gpa good enough to get me to my targeted schools?
3> If i do retake the exam what should be the procedure? I am really frustrated that I have to wait for 31 days to really write it again, is there a workaround?
4> Since i have exhausted a lot of resources already, what are some good advanced compilations for verbal?
Thanks in advance.