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Not so great score [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 05:38
Folks,

I just finished my exam and scored a 680 (89%) - Q50 (95%), V32 (66%). As you can see that my verbal was not upto the mark and really feel that I fell short of my expectations and could have done better than what my verbal score reflects. My practice scores for verbal used to hover around 39-40.

One thing, in retrospect, that I can analyze is that I probably was able to narrow down to two choices and then would have selected the incorrect choice. I did not feel exhausted as I had good stamina and concentration, but did feel that the verbal section was slightly tough.

Do you really feel that I should retake the exam to improve my chances? I'm only targetting top part-time programs (NYU, Kellogg, Chicago, Haas) and 1-year programs (Cornell). Do you think that my time is better spent in preparing for the essays and application? By the way, I think I will get around 5.5 on the AWA - this might assuage any concerns for the adcom on my verbal ability. Also, do you think I should consider any other schools? My background is Indian IT (MS in ECE) and ~9.5 years of experience.

Any thoughts/ideas/strategies are most welcome.

Thanks in advance.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 06:22
I wouldn't waste time on retaking the GMAT. Your GMAT is competitive (right in the middle for NYU: http://w4.stern.nyu.edu/admissions/lang ... oc_id=5101) and your work experience is near the top of the range. If your undergraduate GPA is good, then you should be very competitive with your score. 20 points doesn't seem like it would make a great difference for this situation.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 10:04
I have read admissions counselor blogs that say that 730-750 or so is the average GMAT for students with Indian IT backgrounds that are admitted to top MBA programs. NYU is probably easier to get into than the other schools you named, but Haas is probably as difficult as most schools in the ultra-elite range (because of size and location).

690 is a good score, and it would be competitive with the overall application pool, but based on the cohort you are in (Indian IT), you probably need to be extremely strong in all other aspects of your application to gain admission at the shools that you listed.

To repeat something else that I have read in many admissions counselor blogs, given that you are in the lower range of GMAT scores for your cohort, if you think you can improve your score by 30 points you should probably re-take the test.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 14:48
Pehilu,

This just seems unfair.. that Indian IT applicants need to get a higher score.. whats the definition of Indian IT?

Can you please clarify the definition of indian IT and the source of the information?

Indian IT definition options ----------->>>>>
born in india and working in IT in INdia
or
born in India, Studied in india and working in IT in US/UK/outside?
or
born in India, studied in india, working in IT in India
or
born in India, studied outside India(Us/UK/Aus?), working in US in IT

Its really depressing.. because if everyone were getting above 700, then why would the 80% range of score range from 660 to 750 for most top schools?
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2006, 14:52
I am just saying this because many people get dejected when they get 660 ish and think they are done.. they cannot get into top schools.. waste a lot of time to improve their score..

and finalyl when they reach the essays they realise how tough essays really are.. i think more people get dinged because of a bad essay or a bad recommedation than a bad gmat(assuming you fall into 80% range of the scores for the schools)........

I am very open to further ideas on this... what do you feel pehilu?
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