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Firstly, this a good score and I am aware of it. However, I was expecting to improve on it (I already have a 720 from last year). I've worked very hard on improving my verbal and the 42 is proof of it (last time I had a 40). However, exam day nerves let me down today. I am also disappointed that this breakdown didn't yield a better final score - I've seen scores of 750 with 49-42. Perhaps its karma (last time my breakdown was 48 40 and I still had a 720).
Finally I can't believe I scored a 48 in Q. I've hit 51 on MGMAT and have hit 30+ on the challenges several times. I am seriously considering a retake in a month's time. I'll clear my head out and think about it in a few days.
Quant It was pretty surreal, doing it a second time. However, some math questions made me somewhat jittery. Also I committed the cardinal sin of not moving on from a certain question in the middle. As a result, I always had half an eye on the clock. Normally I finish 10 mts early. This was not normal, I barely finished on time, and hence the score was not what I expected to be either.
Verbal Now here is where all the hard work paid off. I had 2 very tricky SCs in the 1st 10. These, I felt, brought by score down, otherwise I could just see through every CR and RC. Also 2 glasses of water in the break was a bad idea. I was busting for a leak by Q21. That might have cost me another point.
In the end, I was gutted with the score. I really felt like all this extra effort was worth nothing. 1000 SC , countless hours at the club, 6 gmatprep takes, 25 Q challenges, 5 V challenges, 6 MGMAT tests all down the drain.
I didn't even feel like putting up a debrief, but all my friends here at the club who've supported me through all of this deserve to know.
******** Update AWA 4.5 ... Insult to injury !!!!
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720 is an awesome score. Even though you didn't get the score you expected, you did really well on the exam. Your GMAT score will not keep you out of any school that you want to attend, that I can assure you of. By the way, do you mind telling us your performance on your practice exams, especially on the quant and verbal challenges? I am very interested to see your performance on those exams. Also, how would you rate the verbal challenge in your preparation? Did they help you at all?
I think it's an excellent score. I can understand your disappointment though. I think you are good for any school buddy. GMAT is just a part of the application. I don't think a school will ding you bcos u didn't score a 750+. Moreover your score shows consistency in performance which should be a plus in your application.
Did you see a lot of word translations, P&C and probability in the test? Are GMAT club challenges/ MGMAT quant much tougher than the real GMAT?
You obviously had your own reasons that made you retake the GMAT in the first place. If you feel that those reasons are still valid, by all means, do retake it. If you were to retake the test, make sure focus on only your weak areas, and go into it not so nervous (easier said than done). I am sure whatever you do will be a good decision.
Viva Australia! bsd_lover, great deal, you're still consistent!!! Let's play a bit more, more, more... Good luck, man!
First the Pharlap, then the pavlova, then Crowded House, are you guys going to take BSD away from us too?? He also holds a kiwi passport (before an aussie one!).
Hey BSD, this is a super score. Take my advice watch the "incredible hulk" today and drown yourself in beer. Arron is quite right, GMAT is just the first step towards your college hunt and the score will definitely help you. 42 in verbal is awesome, and I hope to get similar score in my attempt. Take a break
First of all: Your really have a great score. Congrats mate! Somehow ironic that you confirmed your last year's result, but be happy. I would be glad to break in the 700 mark...but I decided not to retake it at the moment, since I am still hoping...
I personally think that you should concentrate now again on your application and your application story, since a 750 doesn't make any difference for adcom. Think about what you can tell Adcom that makes you an outstanding applicant (volunteer work, start to learn another language,...). I am sure that next season will be great success for your application, if not LBS turns into a late admit...let's wait for June 27th...
Firstly congrats.. 720 is no mean feat . I know its the same score in ur second attempt, and I know what youll be feeling because youve slogged... Ive benefited a lot from your help in this forum... And hope you stay here a little longer to help the others reach their GMAT goals..
Secondly, I would suggest you talk to the universities ADCOM, and fellow members on the GMATCLUB, perhaps post a question on the GMATCLUB, on whether a repeat GMAT would help, in increasing your prob of getting an admit to ur dream school... If it doesnt help, use this time , to work on your apps and EC if you beed to strengthen them.
Im no ADCOM member, but have read enough on the fact that a 750, will not get you an admitincase you have weak EC and work ex and avg essays, and 650 can be good enough to get you in your dream school with killer essays, and good EC .
Best of luck... Hope to read more from you....
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First of all congratulations are in order I believe....and as Buffdaddy said...if the reasons why you took the retake with 720 in the first place are still valid...do go ahead and retake...I believe it goes beyond the score....its far more intangible than any of us can imagine..
Though I have seen your posts...they are really high quality and helped all of us a lot in every way...but I cannot really vouch for a score that is appropriate for you or for anybody else for tht matter...its the sum total of so many factors...everything has to be in sync at the right time...
I am sure 720 is no mean feat and wont keep you out of any bschool.....I am sure you will hear positively at LBS and elsewhere....
Great job bsd, I do understand your feeling of getting jobbed. An increase from 40 to 42 on verbal is a signif jump. I don't think it will hurt you if you decide to retake while you are putting your apps together (soon?). Perhaps a short break between the official tests will serve you better because of the comfort of familiar environment.
Also I committed the cardinal sin of not moving on from a certain question in the middle. As a result, I always had half an eye on the clock. Normally I finish 10 mts early. This was not normal, I barely finished on time, and hence the score was not what I expected to be either.
BSD, I bet if you fix this particular problem you will get to that 49. You are smart and you have studied hard, most of the questions you will be able to answer in 2 minutes or less--even when you get up to 48+. However, there will be those doosies, and when you get to them, if you are nowhere near answering the question after 1 minutes, skip it. That does mean you cannot answer 49+ level questions, but maybe that particular question was not your strong suit. There are plenty of other question types at the 49+ level that you can answer. As I said, you are smart and you've studied hard, after you skip a question, most likely the next few questions you will be able to answer and those could be 49+ questions.
Emoryhopeful is a good basecase for this tactic. He said he did not know combinations/permutations very well, so when he came to those questions he would skip them after 20 seconds of tryring to figure them out. If I remember correctly, he ended up with a 49.
Dude IMHO I think retaking it again would look bad. 720 is a super score...you hit that twice. If you take it again, it might show Adcom that your priorities are in the wrong place. Would taking it again and hitting 730 or 740 do anything to increase your chances of admission??? Probably not (unless you are Indian IT and need a super score).
Just kill the apps this time around!!!!!!
Congrats for your super score, BSD! We're all proud of you. I know that you deserve much higher score. It was just a bad day for you. We know how powerful and destructive nervousness is. However, you still got a good score If you want a higher score, you can take the test again anytime, and I bet you will have it. Just enjoy your weekend, sleep well, and have fun !!! All the best to you.
bsd_lover, You have scored my 'Dream score' congrates. !!!. I can understand your frustration. But, all the time you have a balanced Verbal and Quant score. This is something very good. ALL THE BEST BUDDY...
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