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# GMAT debacle - 580 (Q47/V23) : Need advice

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03 Jul 2013, 04:50
GMAT Experts and Veterans,

(1) I appeared for my second GMAT on 1st of July 2013 and ended up with a disastrous 580 (Q47/V23). I studied hardcore for 4 months focusing only on verbal during the last one and half months of my preparation. I had been consistently scoring around Q45/V34 in my last 3 mocks. Hence you can understand how flabbergasted I would have been when I saw a huge imbalance of 10+ points on the verbal section. I think I might have messed up with CR or RC. I am still under some shock... I have been aiming for a lower 700 at least. I am planning to retake GMAT in 5~6 weeks. Please can you suggest me what can I do differently to achieve my desired score.

Resources used:
MGMAT Guides 5th Edition (10 Strategy Guides)
Official Guide -13th Ed
Verbal Review - 2nd Ed
Quantitative Review - 2nd Ed
GMATPrep Practice Questions
MGMAT CATs

(2) Also, what do you think would be a safe score for a top 10 B-school? I am an Indian female, mechanical engineer by profession. I have 6+ years of work experience (inclusive of 1+ years of leadership experience in Engineering domain) with a leading diesel engine manufacturing MNC. I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering; 72% from a premier college in India. I am not much of a extracurricular person. Do you think with a score of 720 I stand any chance at the top 10 schools? Or should I be contended with an executive MBA in India?

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04 Jul 2013, 00:45
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You should not worry about where you want to apply unless you are <= 30 points from the target.
First thing would suggest is to get your quants upto Q50. How do you get to that is discussed in another GMATClub thread (How to go from Q45 to Q50).
How many full length tests did you give ? Verbal drop can happen if you have not given sufficient practice tests in actual testing conditions. It can be a stamina issue.
With a 720 and an Indian female you would be equivalent to an Indian male with 760 with similar profile as yours.
The reason being % of female applicants from India is quite low.
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AbhiJ wrote:
You should not worry about where you want to apply unless you are <= 30 points from the target.
First thing would suggest is to get your quants upto Q50. How do you get to that is discussed in another GMATClub thread (How to go from Q45 to Q50).
How many full length tests did you give ? Verbal drop can happen if you have not given sufficient practice tests in actual testing conditions. It can be a stamina issue.
With a 720 and an Indian female you would be equivalent to an Indian male with 760 with similar profile as yours.
The reason being % of female applicants from India is quite low.

An Indian female Mechanical engineer.. After 4 years in mechancial engineering plus almost three years now in a mechanical engineering company, I didn't even know they existed.. :p... IMHO 720 would be more than enough....
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@AbhiJ: Thanks for the suggestion. I would definitely try to get my quants up. You are right; I did not take a lot of mocks. Just took 4 of them... 3 MGMAT CATs and 1 GMATPrep. I am really not sure if the drop was a stamina issue... never felt fatigued after a CAT. I have this bad habit of agonizing over the mock results. I had rescheduled my G-date once because I got demotivated with the mock results. So I decided no mocks for me 2 weeks until the G-day. This time I am going to try giving more mocks.

@MacFauz: Even I did not know earlier that I would be one of the few women in the manufacturing sector . Moving into this sector was a choice I made as I wanted to have a hardcore industrial experience. Your comment reminds me of my first day at work when I walked down the shop floor among the heavy machinery and at least 500 men stared at me as if I were an alien! I am hoping that I will get past 720 and someday I make a few more heads turn at the boardroom
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04 Jul 2013, 04:48
Haha....

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06 Jul 2013, 12:55
I am just starting my 3 months "practice journey" to the GMAT. I am keen on reading experiences of other GMAT takers. Your Quant-score is really great. Adjusing your verbal just a little should boost your overall score, right?
I wish you all the best for your retake.
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Joined: 17 Feb 2013
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Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 460 Q36 V17
GMAT 2: 580 Q47 V23
GMAT 3: Q0 V
WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
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06 Jul 2013, 21:59
xzarus wrote:
I am just starting my 3 months "practice journey" to the GMAT. I am keen on reading experiences of other GMAT takers. Your Quant-score is really great. Adjusing your verbal just a little should boost your overall score, right?
I wish you all the best for your retake.

Thanks xzarus... I think I need to pull up my Quant score at least by a couple of points. Verbal needs a major boost.
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