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Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2011, 14:07
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I took GMAT today and scored 580 . 48 Q and 22 V :( . I was highly disappointed. My verbal was always weak , but i spent most of my study time on verbal only and still at the same point where i was 2 months back, i would say even worse than my practice test verbal scores . I must confess that i didn't follow any particular strategy to improve it and never scored good in verbal section of any practice test.
I want to get into University of Irvine or University of Davis, California, USA. Thus, I am looking for a score of 680. Now, I want to retake GMAT just after one month from now. Can someone please guide me that how can i improve my verbal . Is there any online course which is really good and helpful for non-native English speakers (as i am an Indian).
Please suggest that is one month sufficient to improve your English, and kindly let me know if you know any source that can help me to improve my verbal section.
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 04 Apr 2011, 22:16
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Sorry to hear about your lower than expected score on the verbal section. If you're targetting UCI and UC Davis, you do need around 680.
I think having the right resources is important for getting the desired score. However, what is also as important is how you utilize those resources.
I also had a bad verbal score on the first attempt;however, on the second attempt, I was able to improve substantially. All that was possible because I followed the right way or what you call the right strategy. You may wanna go through the "Retaking the GMAT" thread in this thread .You'll get valuable inputs there.
Regarding your question whether it is doable in one month or not,it depends on what you make of this one month and what are your application deadlines like.If you're planning to apply in the current admission cycle, then you may wanna take a go at it ;otherwise you may want to prepare for 2-3 months and then give it a shot again.
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 00:18
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Hello,

You got a good Q score. So half battle won. :) Cheer up. So dont feel so down. You havent mentioned the resources you have used. Unlike Q score,Its hard to increase your V score dramatically in a months time. I would suggest to chalk down a 2-3 months preparation and start working on it.
I am presently using e-gmat SC online course. My personal opinion is that it has helped me in attacking the SC in a different way. Presently preparing for my retake. You might want to have a look at it. There is a free for all section also in that.
I am also Using Powerscore RC and Powerscore CR bible books. Aristotle RC 99, Manhattan SC and Aristotle SC Grail are also good material for Verbal. Try having a look at them.

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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 10:04
Thanks shovitdhar and mattapraveen for encouraging me

@ shovitdhar - I just read your story of 630 to 730, which is indeed an inspiration for me. I have already ordered Manhattan SC book and Power Score CR book on amazon. Till the time they deliver, i will start with "Aristotle RC99". Thanks again for your input.

@ mattapraveen - I referred OG 12 and GMAC's verbal and Quant book. One of my friend gave me Manhattan's SC book but its an old version and its references doesn't match with OG 12 , so though i went through the book , but i couldn't utilize it fully. I also referred gmatclub's flashcard for revising Quant score, i did little of AWA practice also. I wrote total of 4 essays and 4 arguments.
Thanks for your advise , i will take e-gmat's free trial for SC and have order PowerScore CR book , and manhattan's SC book . I hope that i'll be able to improve !!. Will keep you posted
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2011, 10:16
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Thanks shovitdhar and mattapraveen for encouraging me

@ shovitdhar - I just read your story of 630 to 730, which is indeed an inspiration for me. I have already ordered Manhattan SC book and Power Score CR book on amazon. Till the time they deliver, i will start with "Aristotle RC99". Thanks again for your input.

@ mattapraveen - I referred OG 12 and GMAC's verbal and Quant book. One of my friend gave me Manhattan's SC book but its an old version and its references doesn't match with OG 12 , so though i went through the book , but i couldn't utilize it fully. I also referred gmatclub's flashcard for revising Quant score, i did little of AWA practice also. I wrote total of 4 essays and 4 arguments.
Thanks for your advise , i will take e-gmat's free trial for SC and have order PowerScore CR book , and manhattan's SC book . I hope that i'll be able to improve !!. Will keep you posted


Thats the way to go. You gotta defeat the beast. I am sure you will be able to get your target score. Take a break, you deserve one after one GMAT exam, and start off fresh.

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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2011, 09:54
Hey, keep your head up. You rocked the Quant section!

Verbal is a tough one for all of us. Grab the ManhattanGMAT SC book and your Verbal score will jump up at least to a 30. SC is what saves your butt on verbal, every time I miss a CR question I get excited to see an SC question because I know it will bring me back up.

As mentioned in earlier posts, grab a CR book either MANHATTAN or POWERSCORE would both be beneficial. RC questions are usually similar to CR questions, so that should fall in place for you.

How did you prep for Quant?
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 07 Apr 2011, 23:46
Hey thanks for your advice menacel , I have already ordered for Manhattan SC and Powerscore CR book. So let's c how it goes.

I was never bad in Quant , though not very brilliant too. I did OG's math questions, but i didn't find them as tough as in gmatprep software. For my Quant practice, i used gmatprep software and tried to solve as many quant question from it, as i could. I retook both of the gmat practice tests several times to practice most of the question. I used GMAT club's flash cards for brushing up my quant knowledge.
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2011, 01:10
Lucky you. I believe raising score in verbal is far easier than doing so in quant. Read voraciously and deeply
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2011, 01:30
3 days ago i took exam and got 590.my quant. was 41 and verbal 31.It was my first time and i spent really little time on preparation.actually i had never had any special problem related to verbal or math questions.i was really good at each section.but i had one big problem-time management!i couldn't manage my time each time while taking mock exams.i experienced the same scene each time-10 minutes left 15-16 questions still waiting to be answered :-D .and i had to guess cause leaving unanswered questions was worse.i hoped that i would do better with time in real exam but time problem hit me again in real exam and i made guess in last 10-15 questions in each section.now i think second time i can beat gmat cause i know my problem and how to overcome it!all in all b-school which i'm going apply to requires 550 gmat score.in this point of view not everything is too bad.but i'm not sure about my chance.how do you think.i this score will be enough for me?do i have a chance?or should i wait,tkae gmat again and apply next semester? :(
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2011, 14:12
Hey I retook gmat and scored 670 :). This time i practiced verbal a lot and scored 69 percentile in verbal :). Thank you guys for all the motivation that you provided :). It really helped me
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2011, 13:44
I scored a 580 on December and just took the test yesterday and scored a 710! It's possible.

However, for me, I decided to put a lot of work. I read all of the Manhattan Guides, went through the OG, error log... I studied for 3-4 months.

My target are the top 10 schools, so I wanted a 700+. If you think you can improve without going throught fundamentals, it might be good for you to re-take in 1 month.
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Re: Got 580 in gmat today.. want to retake GMAT ..please advice [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 08:16
Congrats gmat700hope on your success. you will surely make into a top B-school.

I have little different situation. I am on H4 visa in USA so I am not working now and worst I can't work on H4 visa in USA. Though I have 4+ years of experience in IT.
I wanted to start my studies in this year only. I know if I will do little more preparation then I may get a better score , but I can't wait for one more year doing nothing. So I have taken admission in Santa Clara university - accelerated MBA program with my 670 score. I hope that I took the right decision.
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