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Should I retake Gmat after 680 and 660?

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Should I retake Gmat after 680 and 660? [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 06:32
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I gave my Gmat the second time last month. My scores was 660 (q51, v28) . I got 5.5 in essays and 6 in IR. This is after scoring 680 (q51, v31 essay 4) about two years ago.
I am targeting only top ten schools for MBA. I am confused whether I should retake GMAT and aim for 750+ scores.
I am really disappointed with my scores. Verbal has been my Achilles heel throughout my preparation..never really getting enough time to complete the section and rushing invariably every single time to complete the verbal section. Quant has never been a problem though.

During the process of preparation I have finished og 10, 12 and 13. I also gave 6 Manhattan tests scoring 690 on an average. I have also used the Kaplan materials. But to no use... :cry: I am really running out of preparation materials.
Should I give the Gmat for the 3rd time? (also suggest some new preparation materials :? if possible)

A brief about my background:
Male, Indian ...completed engineering from IIT last year.
Currently working in the multi national software industry
Have CGPA in early 8s out of 10 and was actively involved in sports throughout college..

Any suggestions will be helpful.
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Re: Should I retake Gmat after 680 and 660? [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 10:48
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Hi Friends,
I gave my Gmat the second time last month. My scores was 660 (q51, v28) . I got 5.5 in essays and 6 in IR. This is after scoring 680 (q51, v31 essay 4) about two years ago.
I am targeting only top ten schools for MBA. I am confused whether I should retake GMAT and aim for 750+ scores.
I am really disappointed with my scores. Verbal has been my Achilles heel throughout my preparation..never really getting enough time to complete the section and rushing invariably every single time to complete the verbal section. Quant has never been a problem though.

During the process of preparation I have finished og 10, 12 and 13. I also gave 6 Manhattan tests scoring 690 on an average. I have also used the Kaplan materials. But to no use... :cry: I am really running out of preparation materials.
Should I give the Gmat for the 3rd time? (also suggest some new preparation materials :? if possible)

A brief about my background:
Male, Indian ...completed engineering from IIT last year.
Currently working in the multi national software industry
Have CGPA in early 8s out of 10 and was actively involved in sports throughout college..

Any suggestions will be helpful.

Dear qwerty121,
You may be able to get into a top B-school even with your current scores. If you are interested in boosting your verbal, let me make a few recommendations.

First of all, here's a concentrated three-month study plan designed for someone in your position:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-gm ... l-focused/
Here's a free blog with tons of information that will help you on the Verbal section:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/
Among other things, here's a free idiom ebook:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/gmat-idiom-ebook/
Here's a blog about what to do when you are running out of time at the end of a section:
http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/guessing-s ... -the-gmat/
I also will highly recommend Magoosh. We have a ton of videos that cover all the content and strategy you need for the verbal section.
Here's a free SC video:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/lessons/914-the ... rb-mistake
Here's a free SC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3284
Here's a free CR question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/3129.
Here's a free RC question:
http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/2721
Magoosh has a score guarantee --- since you have already gotten a 680, you would get your money back if you didn't improve you to at least 730!
http://gmat.magoosh.com/score-guarantee
Even if you decide not to take advantage of Magoosh, I hope you get the most out of all these free resources.

Best of luck to you. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Mike :-)
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Re: Should I retake Gmat after 680 and 660? [#permalink] New post 29 Aug 2013, 11:29
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qwerty121 wrote:
Hi Friends,
I gave my Gmat the second time last month. My scores was 660 (q51, v28) . I got 5.5 in essays and 6 in IR. This is after scoring 680 (q51, v31 essay 4) about two years ago.
I am targeting only top ten schools for MBA. I am confused whether I should retake GMAT and aim for 750+ scores.
I am really disappointed with my scores. Verbal has been my Achilles heel throughout my preparation..never really getting enough time to complete the section and rushing invariably every single time to complete the verbal section. Quant has never been a problem though.

During the process of preparation I have finished og 10, 12 and 13. I also gave 6 Manhattan tests scoring 690 on an average. I have also used the Kaplan materials. But to no use... :cry: I am really running out of preparation materials.
Should I give the Gmat for the 3rd time? (also suggest some new preparation materials :? if possible)

A brief about my background:
Male, Indian ...completed engineering from IIT last year.
Currently working in the multi national software industry
Have CGPA in early 8s out of 10 and was actively involved in sports throughout college..

Any suggestions will be helpful.


That is a very personal question. (Whether you want to put in the effort to prepare for the exam again or to try with the current score, knowing that your score is lower than the mean/median for almost all the top 20 schools.)

I took the test thrice and scored 640 (47/32) the first two times. Knowing there was much room for improvement I've put in 4 more months and scored a decent 730 (49/40).

Seeing your scores, you have a lot of room for improvement on the Verbal. So If you are not in a rush to apply, i would suggest you try another time. You have already received a reply with lots of suggestions to improve.

I was able to improve my verbal from 32 to 40 thanks to e-GMAT. I practiced a lot on Grockit.
I am an Indian Male and have been out of school for 12 years before my 3rd attempt. So if I can do it anybody can.

Good luck.
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Re: Should I retake Gmat after 680 and 660? [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2013, 02:41
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You know your quant is great. I would spend two months keeping fresh on math and pounding verbal- egmat, lsat tests, and just practice practice... You should get a higher score..

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