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GMAT score lower the second time around!!! [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2010, 10:08
My first GMAT score was 690 (82% V, 78% Q) about two months ago and I decided to retake. I studied so much for the past few weeks (while maintaining a ridiculous work schedule), was doing better on my practice tests and getting right all the difficult problem I could find and ended up getting a 630 my second time around! I have no idea how this happened, especially since I felt like I was doing so much better on the test the second time.

I know that schools say that they take the highest GMAT score, but generally, I don't think its that common to see a drop in scores. Will this hurt my chances of getting accepted? Is this something that I should address in my applications?

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Re: GMAT score lower the second time around!!! [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 21:04
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My first GMAT score was 690 (82% V, 78% Q) about two months ago and I decided to retake. I studied so much for the past few weeks (while maintaining a ridiculous work schedule), was doing better on my practice tests and getting right all the difficult problem I could find and ended up getting a 630 my second time around! I have no idea how this happened, especially since I felt like I was doing so much better on the test the second time.

I know that schools say that they take the highest GMAT score, but generally, I don't think its that common to see a drop in scores. Will this hurt my chances of getting accepted? Is this something that I should address in my applications?

Thanks


I wouldn't address it. What could you say that wouldn't sound like whining?

Schools take the highest score. I can't guarantee you that seeing a drop will have absolutely no impact, but they count the highest one, and I believe them when they say that. I am also believe that if your grades are good and in sync with the higher score, they will be more likely to discount the 630 as an anomaly.

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Re: GMAT score lower the second time around!!! [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 23:41
sparky01 wrote:
My first GMAT score was 690 (82% V, 78% Q) about two months ago and I decided to retake. I studied so much for the past few weeks (while maintaining a ridiculous work schedule), was doing better on my practice tests and getting right all the difficult problem I could find and ended up getting a 630 my second time around! I have no idea how this happened, especially since I felt like I was doing so much better on the test the second time.

I know that schools say that they take the highest GMAT score, but generally, I don't think its that common to see a drop in scores. Will this hurt my chances of getting accepted? Is this something that I should address in my applications?

Thanks

My first GMAT score was 680 (Q 49 and V 34). I wanted to cross the 700 mark and slogged for another 6 weeks but ended up with a 620 (Q47 and V29). I have been scoring well in my mock GMATs (i took 2 tests of GMAT prep and the 6 mock cats of Manhattan) and i steadily crossed 700. My worry now is not about crossing 700 but having landed up with something so low.. I m really upset and I dont know how much this 620 would affect my application if I go ahead and apply hoping that the schools would consider only the best score.. My focus is on ISB, XLRI and few schools in Singapore..

Just for your reference my profile is as below:
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Xth std 88.28 %
XII std 94.25%
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science -- 82 %

Total work experience -- 4.5 yrs
29 months of IT services experience and then shifted gears to consulting / technology research
27 months into consulting / technology research

Professional Achievements:
Have been constantly recognized for my creativity, efficiency and ability to bring in profits to the firm i work for.

Academic:
I believe my performance has been consistent.

Extra curricular:
Social work, actively involved in college culturals and technical events, logo designing and elocution
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Please help me!!! :(
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Re: GMAT score lower the second time around!!! [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 22:21
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sparky01 wrote:
My first GMAT score was 690 (82% V, 78% Q) about two months ago and I decided to retake. I studied so much for the past few weeks (while maintaining a ridiculous work schedule), was doing better on my practice tests and getting right all the difficult problem I could find and ended up getting a 630 my second time around! I have no idea how this happened, especially since I felt like I was doing so much better on the test the second time.

I know that schools say that they take the highest GMAT score, but generally, I don't think its that common to see a drop in scores. Will this hurt my chances of getting accepted? Is this something that I should address in my applications?

Thanks

My first GMAT score was 680 (Q 49 and V 34). I wanted to cross the 700 mark and slogged for another 6 weeks but ended up with a 620 (Q47 and V29). I have been scoring well in my mock GMATs (i took 2 tests of GMAT prep and the 6 mock cats of Manhattan) and i steadily crossed 700. My worry now is not about crossing 700 but having landed up with something so low.. I m really upset and I dont know how much this 620 would affect my application if I go ahead and apply hoping that the schools would consider only the best score.. My focus is on ISB, XLRI and few schools in Singapore..

Just for your reference my profile is as below:
-------------------
Xth std 88.28 %
XII std 94.25%
Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science -- 82 %

Total work experience -- 4.5 yrs
29 months of IT services experience and then shifted gears to consulting / technology research
27 months into consulting / technology research

Professional Achievements:
Have been constantly recognized for my creativity, efficiency and ability to bring in profits to the firm i work for.

Academic:
I believe my performance has been consistent.

Extra curricular:
Social work, actively involved in college culturals and technical events, logo designing and elocution
------

Please help me!!! :(


I'm not optimistic about your chances at ISB, even if it just considers the 680. The schools say they consider the highest score, but they see both. You can either apply and see if you get in, planning a retake if you don't or you can retake now. Given your practice exams you have reason to believe you would do well. On the other hand, you should be competitive at the Singaporean schools with a 680.

Please see [url=http://www.accepted.com/mba/GMATScoreWebinar.aspx]That GMAT Score: Implications for Your MBA Application
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