I am so disappointed with my recent GMAT score(GMAT 540) after my third try (570), which was one month ago. My main issue is with verbal. I started my first GMAT verbal scores with 15 (GMAT 490, 2010). I increased it from 15 to 17(520) in the second GMAT (2011). After a one year gap, I reached 21(GMAT 570, 2012) One month ago. Unfortunately, I scored 20 (GMAT 540 2013). Here is the trap:
I scored a 29 in verbal GMAT prep (GMAT 590) and a 31 in two GMAT MANHATTAN PREPS (GMAT 590, GMAT 610). Therefore, I thought I can reach the same score in real GMAT exam. I wanted to be at least over 600. In my third GMAT, I could reach score 48 in Math. I though if I could reach 31 in verbal as I had done several times in my preps, and if I could reach a score 48 in math at the same time, I would be in a safe zone. However, I could never score 31 in the third and forth GMAT exams. I score 21(GMAT 570), and 20 (GMAT 540).
Now here I am, I am very disappointed. I will not have a good chance in my PhD applications as American universities are so intense about the GMAT minimum required scores. Moreover, I have taken four times GMAT, but none of them have been a good one. I think they might think I cant do well at all in GMAT. Even worse, I did worse my last GMAT than previous one.
Realistically, do I have any chance now? Will business schools consider the best scores among your previous GMAT scores or I am totally out of the game now? Why cant I improve significantly my verbal score after reading all these books and programs? (I have not taken any classes so far)
_10 sessions recorded MANHATTAN GMAT
_solved OG Blue(Verbal) and Green(13th) in time-set condition. (Mostly check for wrong answer once).
(I recorded my responded in Manhattan OG Archer. However, I did not go further with this on-line software ti work strategically on my weaknesses.
_9 Manhattan books
(SC and RC twice).
_Kaplan GMAT verbal workbook. (except the last test)
_BIBLE Critical Reasoning
_GMAT For Dummies
_2 prep GMAT and 4 Manhattan prep
I studied since October 2012 to 14 Dec 2013(exam day) got 570. I studied slightly for one month and took GMAT on 15 Jan 2013 and got 540.