I attempted GMAT for the second time yesterday and scored a pathetic 610 (Q:47, V:28). In my first attempt I got 640(Q:46, V:32, E:5.5). I don't know what went wrong in the exam. I was scoring around 700 in all my practice tests. I have put in a lot of effort and time in preparing. And for my second attempt I put close to 90% of my time in Verbal preparation. I guess, I just don't do good on the verbal section for some reason.Hi,
All is not lost with a 640 GMAT. There may be other aspects of your application that a certain top school may find worthy of an admit, so cheer up. Also, there are several schools outside the top 10-20 that have a lower average GMAT requirement – and these are very respectable schools too.
I have a Masters degree in Computer Science with a GPA of 3.89/4.0
I did my undergrad in India and scored 81% (Top 10% of the class)
I have decent volunteer work and currently I am a project coordinator at a volunteer organization.
I have been working for the past 4 years in a top tech firm and was promoted recently. Currently I am leading a project and managing an international team(3 members).
I plan to apply to the following schools:
5) Darden (may be)
What are my chances? - Based on our experience, the GMAT score could be the one hurdle that reduces the competitiveness of your application – down from competitive to stretch - at the mentioned schools.
Should I take any courses at some community courses in order to strengthen my profile?- Your academics are generally quite strong, so I am not sure community courses will do much to improve your admission chances. If anything, you should consider improving the GMAT score. Only this time, seek guidance from a friend, family or GMAT consultant so you have a good grasp of the GMAT verbal section.
What else can I do in order to strengthen my application? - I would recommend a relentless focus on career progression and trying to secure as many promotions as possible prior to submitting the application. Also, showcasing activities that illustrate your drive and enterprising nature, and community service would definitely help. Of course, you will need strong recommendations and essays to support your application.
How can I offset the low verbal score?- As for offsetting the verbal score, a strong set of essays can help (only slightly) to improve the situation. Previous experience at public debates may help to a slightly greater extent.
Thanks!Hope this helps. Good Luck!
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