I wrote GMAT earlier this month and here's my score:
AWA - 6.0 / 91%
IR - 5 / 52%
Q - 51 / 97%
V - 31 / 60%
Overall - 690
Background: I am from India (Male / IT (Product Research & Development))
Work ex: 2.5 years
I am confused whether I should retake the exam?
Especially while attempting verbal, I realized that I was crumbling under pressure. Never in any of my mock tests (MGMAT / GMATPrep) have I scored less than 39 in verbal and 730 overall. Perhaps, not writing tests with AWA / IR gave me away.
Any help will be greatly appreciated.
Depends on your target schools. If you are looking at the top ten, I would suggest you to retake. At worst, your Quant will drop by a point to 50 - it won't affect the overall score much. But if you are able to pull up your Verbal to 40, that will make a difference. Indian male IT applicants have a high average GMAT score - they do great in Quant but not-so-great in Verbal. If you get a good score in Verbal too, it will give you an advantage - a small one but nevertheless an advantage.
And yes, GMAT is a test of your stamina too. You must take your practice tests with AWA and IR - These sections, especially IR, take a lot out of you and you start losing your head by the time you reach Verbal. You must practice to work tirelessly for 4 hrs. If you try to run a marathon without training your body for it, the results wouldn't be as expected.
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