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Scored 590 twice (need some advice regarding schools)

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Scored 590 twice (need some advice regarding schools) [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 19:18
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Hi gmates,

I`ll share my little story with the GMAT in order to better explain my situation. I live in Brazil and decided in March/2012 to enter an MBA program in an English-speaking country. By the time I found out the details of the MBA application process, almost every 2nd round deadline had already passed. I didn't want to wait next year's September to begin my program. Later I found out that there are some programs which have a January entry option, so I decided I would apply for them.

After scoring 590 on my first try, which didn't felt quite bad, i prepared for two more months and retook it. Scored a 590 again, which, this time, was quite disappointing because of the added study time and having scored a 670 on GMATprep. I was expecting 630+, but the verbal part seemed so much more difficult this time.

My scores:
1st MasterGMAT Simulated Test - 570 (Q34, V35)
2nd MasterGMAT Simulated Test - 580 (Q36, V34)
1st Official GMAT - 590 (Q41, V30)
GMATprep test - 670 (Q47, V35)
2nd Official GMAT - 590 (Q44, V27)

The programs with January-entry that I am considering are:
Columbia University
University of Rochester (Simon BS)
York University (Schulich BS) (CAN)
University of Melbourne (AUS)
University of New South Wales (ASGM) (AUS)
University of Birmingham (UK)
Claremont University (Drucker & Masatoshi GSM)

With my current score, I feel that my chances that going to Columbia and Rochester are gone. Regarding Schulich, Melbourne and ASGM, I may have some very small chance because I would still be in range. Birmingham doesn't require the GMAT and I have good chances at Claremont as their average is not high. Does anyone know other good schools with January-entry option still accepting applications for 2013?

Lately I began to wonder if my decision of applying to january-entry schools was really worth it because it severely limited my choices to a small group of schools. I wonder if non-american schools and Claremont will render me a good MBA experience compared to the many other american schools that would be available for the default September-entry. Should I consider applying for September, broaden my choice range of schools pick some other ones that fit better my profile and are simply better overall than my January-entry options? If I wait for September i could even try the GMAT a 3rd time, although I'm not confident that I would improve my score anymore. I'm considering that the 590 will be enough to get into one of the 2nd tier american schools.

Another thing, should I sent my 2nd score to schools which already received my 1st? The first is more balanced, the second has a stronger quant. and weaker verbal (which I hope the school may excuse me for being a foreigner).

Any advice is welcome. Thanks.
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Re: Scored 590 twice (need some advice regarding schools) [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2012, 21:43
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Thank you for posting your story and welcome to GMAT Club!

1. Why the Jan intake schools besides waiting?
It does limit your options and also makes it a bit more tricky with job search since you most likely will graduate in the Fall/Winter. Not necessarily bad as you may land the job you may otherwise wait for half a year but most internships and MBA-related positions are usually recruited in a certain pattern of months

2. Where do you want to work/be/stay?
Are you coming back to Brazil after graduation? If not, pick the place where you will study carefully as you want it to be as close as possible to where you want to work afterwards.

3. Are you experienced enough for an EMBA? That may cut you some slack in studying/score

Some other thoughts:
Looks like you took a course - did you get your money back from Master GMAT for scoring the same?
Any ideas why and what went wrong? why no improvement after 2 months?
What is your weakest area in Verbal?

P.S. Don't bother spending $50 to send score reports. Don't think it will be a big winner. I would instead retake one more time (I know it sounds dreadful) but your GMAT prep was 670 and you did take a course. I can't believe you won't improve. You should do at least 40-50 points better by just retaking (and your score reports are sent for free).

Assuming you have time to retake and spend 30 days - i would get either GMAT Club grammar book (free download) or MGMAT Verbal Foundations + MGMAT Roadmap and spend 30 days with them. If you can't improve 50 points call me a liar (I may call you a lazy bum in return though).

Also, take a quick look here: gmat fiction - I highly recommend this for non-native speakers.

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Re: Scored 590 twice (need some advice regarding schools)   [#permalink] 25 Sep 2012, 21:43
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