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Please help-need urgent advice [#permalink] New post 27 Apr 2007, 13:39
Hello guys!

I need a word of advice on strategy to raise verbal score from 27 to 40+. I took GMAT couple weeks ago and scored 620 (Q48, V27, AWA5.0). Took me two weeks to digest it down my stomach and now I am ready for another shot.

I used to score in the range of 38-40 in practice tests. I think what happened on test day was that I spent too much energy solving quant problems and thinking too hard in AWA and by the time I got to verbal I had totally drained my energy level. I was so low at energy level that some verbal questions I had to read thrice just to understand.

Guys, please advice from your test prep experience. What should be my strategy this time? I am shooting for 700+. I am planning to retake GMAT in June end.

I am a part-time MBA candidate and my target schools are:
(1) Kelley’s evening MBA (deadline in November-2007 for Spring-2008 session)
(2) Ross evening MBA (deadline in October-2007 for Spring-2008 session)
(3) Smith part-time MBA (deadline in October-2007 for Spring-2008 session)
(4) Would like to apply to Chicago weekend program as well (depending upon my final score) (Don’t yet know the deadlines)

Anyways, I am still going to go ahead and apply for September quarter of:

(1) Xavier University (Williams)
(2) Fisher (OSU)

Just in case my GMAT doesn’t improve.

BTW, does anyone know how good is Xavier’s part time MBA. I was skimming thru their website and found that they have recently been ranker 25th by UNNEWS and WORLD REPORT in part time MBA program. Is that correct? I am currently located in Cincinnati and getting to Xavier wouldn’t be tough for me at this GMAT score.

Also, I talked with a guy who graduated with a PT MBA from Fisher, he mentioned to me that PT program at Fisher doesn’t have a major. I mean you just take classes but doesn’t have any major area assigned to your study.

Just to update you guys on my profile:

Male 28
MS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue –GPA 3.8
BS in Mechanical Engineering from India-GPA 3.6
5 years of work experience in Automotive Industry
Above average EC

Long-term goal:

I want to go back to India after finishing my MBA. Would like to stay in the same field of manufacturing (if get lucky, would like to land in banking/consulting although I know the chances are virtually 0% after a part time MBA). Plan as of now is that some big company-Cummins, GE, GM, Ford-would look at my MBA and place me at a good managerial position in India. Also, would consider myself really fortunate if some banking company that has a base in India –Citibank, Standard Chartered- hires me and place me in my home country.

What do you guys think my chances are?

Any advice or suggestion would be highly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Sounds like you just need some work building up your test-taking "stamina." Practice, practice, practice. :-) Also, we don't normally sell services here, but check out [url http://www.veritasprep.com]Veritas Prep[/url] (a partner of ours) if you want more GMAT help. They offer courses that focus just on certain parts of the exam, if that's what you're looking for.

If you can get your GMAT score up by 50 points or so, I'd think that you'd have a good shot at any of those PT programs. But remember that the GMAT is just one part of your application! Be sure to present a well-rounded overall application when you apply, including your MBA essays and interview.

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