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Should I retake and apply round 3?

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Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 17:19
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Took GMAT today and got 620 BOOOOOO!!

I was planning to apply round 2 and for lots of reasons couldn't take my test sooner so I only had this one shot (and I had to take in NY when home for the holidays when I live year-round in California because there was no other time!).

I planned to apply to NYU, Columbia and Yale. I still have time for Columbia since they are rolling and I will be able to retake.

I have a white female age 28 with a magazine ad-marketing background and currently work forming marketing partnerships and sponsorships for events hosted by "america's largest dept store". I have very strong community activities and 3.7 gpa from a large NY state school. I plan to pursue non-profit working after getting my MBA.

It was weird- somehow I was 1 minute over the break time but somehow when test started after it alerted me i would be down 1 minute for Quant - it started me down 5 minutes! I didn't want to waste time and call over the proctor so I told them after and they thought I was crazy!! Though they said they would make a note they believed it was "highly unlikely". While 5 minute won't break you, agonizing over it at the beginning of the test!!

Any suggestions on retaking and applying round 3 or should I take my chances and apply YIKES?!
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Re: Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 17:56
Unless you have a valid reason why your score was much lower than your expectation, you should just lower the bars on the schools that you are applying to.

GMAT isn't the kind of test where you take few times and you will see variance in scores. GMAT score is pretty accurate in measuring your "level." There might be about 30 point standard deviation, but without further prep - you will likely get the same score again.
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Re: Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 19:47
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Unless you have a valid reason why your score was much lower than your expectation, you should just lower the bars on the schools that you are applying to.

GMAT isn't the kind of test where you take few times and you will see variance in scores. GMAT score is pretty accurate in measuring your "level." There might be about 30 point standard deviation, but without further prep - you will likely get the same score again.



I completely disagree with this statement. You should go back to the drawing board and look for ways to improve your score. There are several members on this forum who improved significantly.
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Re: Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 22:18
In practice situations I was performing much better. I just think my nerves got the best of me. I just don't know what's worse - applying with my current score or applying round 3 - darn GMAT!
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Re: Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 22:26
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I completely disagree with this statement. You should go back to the drawing board and look for ways to improve your score. There are several members on this forum who improved significantly.


How many "members" do you know that improved their score dramatically in short period of time (between now and R3 deadline)? Chances are, you won't find many, if any.

Like I mentioned before, unless he had a valid reason for messing up (meaning the score he got was way below his usual practice score etc), odds are against him to improve his score for him to apply to schools such as NYU, Columbia and Yale. Not to mention that he is talking about R3!
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Re: Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 22:39
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In practice situations I was performing much better. I just think my nerves got the best of me. I just don't know what's worse - applying with my current score or applying round 3 - darn GMAT!


Your current score of 620 is at the lower end of your target schools' GMAT range.

Based on GMAT score alone (ignoring all other parts of your application), Columbia is already out of question. Many early decision Columbia applicants got dinged with GMAt scores in 700 range (not to mention impressive profile).

NYU is very competitive this year. They give out few interview invites as well. If you look at spring 2009 NYU thread, you can get a sense of how competitive even their PT program is this year.

Yale just started releasing admits right before the x mas holiday. Although Yale isn't considered a heavy weight such as Columbia or NYU, I am sure applicants are competitive this year.

Therefore, unless your application/profile is very unique (such as you are an Olympic Gold Medalist or something), it is very difficult to even get interview invites with GMAT score of 620 to the schools mentioned above. (again - only looking at GMAT score only)

R3 option is also unappealing. R3 probably gives an applicant lowest chance of getting admit for top schools.

However, if you are indeed getting scores above 620 (such as 680 to 700 range) in your practice CATs frequently, then you should schedule another GMAT exam as soon as possible and apply R2.

Otherwise you will have to apply R3, or apply R2 with 620 or consider lower tier schools.
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Re: Should I retake and apply round 3? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2008, 22:55
Thanks - I just took my test today so I can't take it for another 30 days I believe they say- which would put me past round 2. And yes on practice tests I was scoring apx 700.
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