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Retaking the GMAT, strategy advice?

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Retaking the GMAT, strategy advice? [#permalink] New post 22 Aug 2011, 19:42
Hi folks,

I took the GMAT yesterday, I got a disappointing 720 (Q48,V41). Disappointing because I got 750+ in each of the GMATPrep tests and most of the Kaplan practice tests.
I aim to apply to the top 5 mba programs, and since those have high avg GMAT scores, I don't want my low score to be a disadvantage (plus I am an Indian engineer, and this pool tends to get high GMAT scores)

I was told that on my second attempt, I should score around 760 for it to matter.

Anyway, I ran out of time in the verbal section, and probably messed up the last 5-6 questions or so. I think the test pressure got to me, or maybe I should have taken that between Quant and Verbal sections.
So for the month or so I'll have before I retake the GMAT, I will take a lot of practice tests. I'm looking at the GMATClub prep tests and Manhattan GMAT tests now. Your advice on time management on the exam would be appreciated, of course I'll finally choose something that is suited to me.

Finally, do you ever do untimed practice? For example, for practicing really hard quant problems etc. Or is it always only timed practice?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Retaking the GMAT, strategy advice? [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 10:26
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Re: Retaking the GMAT, strategy advice? [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2011, 11:43
hello grimm,

720 is a good score, congratulations! if you think your profile can only be strengthened by a better GMAT score, then go for a retake. You will need more practice and revision.

In fact my story is exactly similar to yours. you can read my gmat journey here:

to your other question, I did mostly untimed practice. I timed myself only in RCs, and on the practice tests.

good luck, and let me know if you have some questions.

My GMAT Journey: 720 + dare = 760

Re: Retaking the GMAT, strategy advice?   [#permalink] 27 Aug 2011, 11:43
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