My name is Nick and I am from Greece. 3 months ago I decided to take the GMAT in order to apply for business schools for 2 year full time MBA, primarily in Boston Massachusetts. I have no great expectations, for example MIT or Harvard Bschools. I never imagined though, that the GMAT would actually be time consuming and hard to study and practise. Today I took my frist test and got a very disapointing score of 420 (Q31 V17). Though my practise scores were usually between 550-650 (Q50-70 V45-50), two days before the exam I took the GMAT PREP test in order to see how close I am to what I expect. And there it was.. Test 1 490(Q69% V11%) and Test 2 470 (Q65% V15%). So today the actual test fell on me like a missile leaving me with regrets and disapointment. I am not writing this topic to discourage anyone from thinking OMG wtf I am going to do. As a candidate I simply want to share my experience with you and wish the best of luck to all candidates. As for me I don't really know what my next move will be but I am not ready to give up so easily.
I need some help though regarding my applications. Do you believe I should apply to the universities or I shouldn't even try with this score?
Do I need to consider retaking the exam before the final deadlines? (even though I don't really know how to improve my low score)
Is it possible to improve this score in 1 month?
Thank you in advance
I ll try my best to participate in every section as it seems to me that this forum is actully a lot of help.
Hi Blink, your experience is not uncommon with the GMAT. It is a test that many find difficult to prepare for easily and excel at the first time. Obviously your score was a little disappointing to you, but the question of whether you should go ahead and apply with this score depends primarily on the GMAT score required by the school you're applying to. If they want 600, you're probably a little far off, even if the rest of your candidature is excellent, so I'd keep that in mind before applying.
As for improving on the exam, you seem to have done fairly well on the quantitative side, it's the verbal that needs work. Since there are only three major topics on verbal (Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension), I'd concentrate on the area in which you got the lowest score and go over the basic strategy again. If you can pull up that verbal score while maintaining the math one, you'll go up a fair bit and maybe hit a score that you're happier with. One month is enough time to execute on this strategy if you want. There are great resources on this board so feel free to look things over. If you'd like specific suggestions on CR, RC or SC resources, just let me know and I'll be happy to help.
Hope this helps!
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