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Re: Got the same exact low score today - where to go from here? [#permalink]  08 Nov 2013, 22:12
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I am sorry you are in this situation. It is a tough one but you can get out of it if you act fast... remember the saying, you want it done, fast, cheap, or right? Pick 2.

R3 is usually a BAD idea but at 29 it may be the only option.... you have waiting a LONG time to take your GMAT.... that's part of the mistake. You would ideally have taken it in Aug/Sept again but that's past and gone.

You can help/save your situation but it depends how desperate determined you are.
1. You probably need a consultant who could guide you through the process and applications. Your score should do for the school that have 670-680 as the average
2. If you are aiming to apply to a better school, you probably would need to hire a tutor ASAP who can point out your weaknesses/issues and get you back on your feed and hopefully closer to 700 by the 8th of Dec
3. Some schools will take a revised GMAT score as I recently learned (Stern) whereas others won't take any additional info once your application has been submitted. there is a chance.
4. You are really short on time for essays and applications, hence a recommendation for a consultant above. If you are done with essays/apps, then skip it, if not, see #5 below.
5. An admissions consultant will COST you. A consultant will be $3,500 for one school and$5K for 2. See here: price-comparison-of-mba-consultants-and-links-to-their-sites-161420.html Not only that, it will be hard to fine a free one at this time. A decent tutor will run $100-200 per hour, so that's another$1,500 or so

I would say it will run close to $8 or$9K to get it done. The good thing about 29 is that you should have more money than most 26 year olds... but that is making a number of assumptions. But if you want to get it done right and fast, that's probably one of the only ways I can think of since time is very tight.
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Re: Got the same exact low score today - where to go from here? [#permalink]  09 Nov 2013, 04:26
The exact same thing happened with me today!!

In my previous attempt I scored 680, Q48 V35 IR7 AWA 6, an after 3 months of consistent hard work and spending a lot of money, today (9th Nov) I scored the EXACT same score with the SAME break up, with IR 8 (they now give IR along with the unofficial score report)

Score 730, 730 and 740 in GMAT prep CAT 2,3 and 4 resp. (3,4 from exam pack 1) and 720 thrice in veritas CATs.

I had heard it that GMAC considers it's initial assessment to be the most accurate one, and I guess the same has happened with me, disappointed a lot!!

Any clues to what might have been wrong?

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Re: Got the same exact low score today - where to go from here? [#permalink]  09 Nov 2013, 10:44
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I would say you have learned some new things while forgetting some others. It is like swimming against a tide, have to paddle a lot faster than I the still water.

Ps. It is pretty common to get a lower score on the retake as well though on average retakers Re able to get 10-20 points higher scores.

Ps. Never heard that stat about the initial assessment.

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Re: Got the same exact low score today - where to go from here? [#permalink]  09 Nov 2013, 11:41
Thanks for your reply bb.

I guess you're right, I did try to balance things but I guess I just underperformed as I was under a lot of pressure.

Although feeling devastated right now, I guess this ain't the year for me to apply.. Will probably get back on the GMAT hunt in a few months.

Was actually hoping I would get the chance to write a good debrief about my experience and a 700+ score but I guess some things are just not meant to be.

Thank you for creating such a wonderful forum, it really is a shrine for all GMAT takers.

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Re: Got the same exact low score today - where to go from here? [#permalink]  10 Nov 2013, 12:47
Hi bb,

I am in a similar situation. Regarding your point#5 - I am planning for R2 for at least 5 schools. I haven't started with my apps yet, but I will be working on them full time 2 weeks from now. Given the constraint that admission consultants will be busy now, how much time will I need per application? Please advise if it is reasonable to get >=5 schools within 5 weeks with the help of an application consultant. I am planning to use different consultants for different schools so that i have all the threads going simultaneously. Any other tips will be greatly appreciated!
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Re: Got the same exact low score today - where to go from here? [#permalink]  13 Nov 2013, 06:36
bb wrote:
Ps. It is pretty common to get a lower score on the retake as well though on average retakers Re able to get 10-20 points higher scores.

These are statistics that are actually periodically published by GMAT. I believe I read on their website somewhere that the average increase in score, of re-GMAT test takers is 25. I think that article also mentioned the percentage of re-GMAT test takers who actually score lower in their reattempt. I don't remember the exact figure, but I think it was lesser than 30%.
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Re: Edit [#permalink]  02 Feb 2014, 19:41
In a similar situation. A quick background about me.

disappointing-gmat-score-need-some-suggestions-164400.html

Prepared for another month and took the GMAT again.
Exactly same score, with exactly the same sectionals in all three parts - 700 (Q49,V35, IR7).

Was shocked. Had attempted all questions in Quant after solving. Was expecting minimum Q50.

Also, was scoring decently well in the practice tests I took this time around.

Veritas Prep 2 - 740 (Q50,V41)
Veritas Prep 3 - 780 (Q51, V46)
Veritas Prep 4 - 740 (Q50, V41)
Veritas Prep 5 - 770 (Q51, V44)
Veritas Prep 6 - 770 (Q51, V45)

Princeton Free Practice Test - 740 (Q51, V42)

GMAT Prep 1 - Retake 2 - 780 (Q51, V48)
GMAT Prep 2 - Retake 2 - 780 (Q50, V47)
(You could discount these score conveniently as these were 2nd retakes)

Not sure what to do?
Feel I could cross the 750 mark and target good bschools with a decent score in hand, but GMAT is proving me wrong over and over again...

Have written them a mail. We keep posted in case they reply.
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