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I took my GMAT day before yesterday and got a meagre 650. I call it "meagre", because i averaged 690 in the 8 Kaplan Tests that i took and scored a 630 on my first GMATPrep (due to over confidence) and a 680 on my second GMATPrep.
The first GMATPrep surely brought me down to earth, and i concentrated really hard for my second test. While writing the actual GMAT, i was confident that i'd land up between a 680 and a 700. But that wasn't to be.
Anyway, my question is whether i should take the GMAT again, maybe in a month's time? What score should i be targeting?
I have completed the OG 10th and 11th edition. I have also finished the enitre Kaplan course material. Should i concentrate on any other material like Kaplan 800 or Manhattan Prep? If i take the GMATPrep again, what are the chances that i'll see the same questions? Do let me know what you think.
That really depends on where you are looking to apply. A 650 score is probably quite reasonable for places like Georgetown for example. Also depends on your GPA - if its low, you need to compensate with your GMAT.
School & Average GMAT
Wharton (Philadelphia, PA) 716
Stanford (California) 711
Harvard (Boston) 707
Michigan (Ann Arbor) 692
Cornell (Ithaca) 673
Columbia (New York) 706
MIT (Cambridge, MA) 697
Dartmouth (Hanover, NH) 704
Duke (Durham, NC) 707
Virginia (Charlottesville, VA) 680
CMU (Pittsburgh, PA) 691
UNC (Chapel Hill, NC) 652
UC Berkeley 701
Texas - Austin 670
Emory (Atlanta, GA) 680
Purdue (Lafayete, IN) 667
Yale (New Haven, CT) 696
Washington U (St Louis, MO) 649
Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) 657
So what do you think? What are my chances? and how do i go about studying for GMAT? My GPA is on the lower side, around 2.8, and i will have 2 years of work ex by the time i leave. Thanks
My advice would be to retake. A 2.8 is low, and if you stand a chance at the top schools you need to compensate with your GMAT. I've heard this time and time again - the lower your GPA, the more important your GMAT. The less work experience you have, the more important your GPA. This makes sense... after all, someone with 10 years experience and a 2.8 gpa - well, that gpa isn't particularly reflective of his skills today. Someone with 1 year experience - well, in that case, the GPA is a pretty good indicator.
For comparison's sake -- My undergrad gpa was 3.0 even - I was speaking with an ex Admissions Director at Harvard the other day ... in regards to my 730 GMAT score, he said, and I quote: "Good. You needed that with your GPA".
So, sorry to say, if you are really aiming for hte top schools, you should probably retake.
I hope you do well. But going back to your self assessment, what is it that you think made you score less than your expectations in GMAT? was it harder than the prep tests, or were you uncomfortable in the exam hall etc? I guess that will help you analyze and also give others an insight into how things go when they step into the exam room.
I would definitely retake. A 650 + 2.8 GPA is not competitive at top 15 schools. But I would also get more work experience. You need to distinguish yourself, and with a low GPA and average GMAT, your work experience really needs to be stellar to compensate. I hope that doesn't sound harsh, but it's reality -- especially for the top schools. I also think 8 schools is 3-4 too many. You need to focus yourself...what do you really want for your MBA and career? Which school best suits your goals, your learning style, your personality, etc.? Narrow your list down a bit and then visit the schools. My school selection completely changed after I visited my top choice schools. One fell off the list altogether.
Back to GMAT....
There's a link on here somewhere for the old Powerprep tests...those might be more useful than retaking GMAT Prep tests. I would also do the Princeton Review tests since you haven't yet...they're really good.
Also be sure to use the error log on this site -- it's great!