Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

It is currently 25 Oct 2014, 05:47


GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance


we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!!

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Joined: 14 May 2010
Posts: 7
Location: US
Schools: Said, Judge, HEC, Cornell, Darden, Columbia, Notre Dame, NYU, Kellog, INSEAD, Emory
WE 1: Consulting at Big 4
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!! [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 10:59
I have taken the GMAT for the second time and score way below my practice exams. I am applying for round two and wanted to know if you guys believe I should retake it or not.

GMAT Prep: 590
Day before exam: MGMAT 660
Real GMAT: 450

2 months later and after some studying:
MGMAT during study period but no studying for a week: 620
GMAT Prep 1: 560
GMAT Prep 2: 550
Real GMAT: 490

I am usally not a great test taker, but I certainly did not expect scores lower than my lowest practice scores. I have done multiple other practice exams ranging 550s to 600s from MGMAT and GMAT Prep. I need to go to school in Sept 2012 and need to go to a top 20 program. Any thoughts on what to do?

Thanks much.
Manhattan GMAT Discount CodesKaplan GMAT Prep Discount CodesGMAT Pill GMAT Discount Codes
Expert Post
User avatar
Affiliations: UA-1K, SPG-G, HH-D
Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 12349
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.5
WE: Information Technology (Hospitality and Tourism)
Followers: 2326

Kudos [?]: 9462 [0], given: 3702

GMAT ToolKit User Premium Member CAT Tests
Re: GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!! [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 11:31
Expert's post
Well... I don't know that you can get into a top 20 with 490 - that may be a tad low.
The 50th percentile is 540 or so.

If you are serious about getting a top 20 program, I would retake and perhaps look into next season as the R2 deadlines are in 2 weeks. So, it is either Non-top 20 this year or Top 20 next year

I would suggest a course or tutoring or something that can effect a change. No need to waste any more $250's on the test.

Founder of GMAT Club

Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... | Want to know your GMAT Score? Try GMAT Score Estimator
Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books

Co-author of the GMAT Club tests

Have a blog? Feature it on GMAT Club!

Get the best GMAT Prep Resources with GMAT Club Premium Membership

Joined: 20 Dec 2011
Posts: 11
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 5 [0], given: 0

Re: GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!! [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 11:33
I would keep taking it until you get closer to your practice tests.
User avatar
Joined: 27 Jul 2011
Posts: 192
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 730 Q44 V46
GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V44
GPA: 3.49
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 50 [0], given: 85

GMAT ToolKit User
Re: GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!! [#permalink] New post 29 Dec 2011, 15:41
I would think long and hard about what happened that you were so far below your practice scores. Try to remember what held you back the most and address those issues.

You have to wait 30 days before you can retake, most school's 2nd round deadlines are in January and the 3rd round is tougher to get into. Some schools let you take the GMAT again after applying and give them an update.

I would work on putting togetehr an awesome application, and maybe in the essay for anything else you want to say, explain your score and that you will get it up and will send it in once you do.

Glad I Retook: 730 (Q44 V46) to 760 (Q50 V44)

User avatar
Status: INSEAD - Class of July 2013
Joined: 27 Jun 2011
Posts: 71
Location: Moscow, Russia
Schools: Berkeley Haas, Stanford, MIT Sloan, INSEADw/$$
WE 1: Five years in hi-tech in sales/marketing roles
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 2

Re: GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!! [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2011, 22:18
The main advise would be not to go to the real test before you start getting at least 680 on a regular basis on your practice tests. A score below 680-690 will not get you to the top 20 programs, so it would be just another waist of money.
If I were you, I would consider private tutoring and retake.

"A leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situations, and yells, 'Wrong jungle!'" - Stephen Covey

Re: GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!!   [#permalink] 30 Dec 2011, 22:18
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Experts publish their posts in the topic New to GMAT - 420 Disapointing Score, not what I expected. Blink 4 18 Feb 2013, 05:21
Experts publish their posts in the topic GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!! Europe2011 4 29 Dec 2011, 10:59
GMAT nishanair04 1 06 Feb 2006, 18:18
GMAT geethamridu 3 20 Dec 2005, 15:09
GMATS tel93 4 08 Nov 2004, 09:02
Display posts from previous: Sort by

GMAT Disapointment !!!!!!!!!!!!

  Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  

Moderators: TGC, m3equals333


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Privacy Policy| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.