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18 Oct 2010, 21:27
In first Manhattan mock GMAT test i got a score of 250/800. To say 1 thing i am totally zero in quants. What are your inputs and suggestions to improve my scores. I am aiming for 700+. My job is based on shifts and no particular offs. Thinking to quit from the job and to concentrate on GMAT, my present goal is to achieve the best score in GMAT so your inputs and suggestions highly valuable for me.
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18 Oct 2010, 21:38
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Decided to take the GMAT again...downloaded the GMAT Prep tests from MBA.com and got a 700 (Q:47,V39) in test 1 and 710 (Q48, V39) in test 2. I have the actual test tomorrow. Hope and pray that I don't screw up like last time...god bless!

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20 Oct 2010, 00:51
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hash2u wrote:
Decided to take the GMAT again...downloaded the GMAT Prep tests from MBA.com and got a 700 (Q:47,V39) in test 1 and 710 (Q48, V39) in test 2. I have the actual test tomorrow. Hope and pray that I don't screw up like last time...god bless!

GOOD LUCK!

Ok, returned after taking the GMAT. This time I was challenged heavily by verbal section. I was well aware I was running out of time even before the half way mark, but I still could not do much and in the end had to guess an entire RC section and part guess last 2 questions. Barring 1-2 questions, none of the verbal questions were straight forward so I had to really read, re-read and think, as a result didn't have enough time. Final Score was 680 (47q, 36v). Its not what I wanted but I can take two good things from this - a) It could have been a worse disaster 7 b) my verbal and quant percentiles now look very balanced percentiles (I have no idea if that helps)

I am upset because I still couldn't get the 700 + score I was consistently getting in the preps but I think I am done with the studying for now so don't think I will make any other attempt besides work is going to peak up in next few weeks, so studying is out of question. A 700+ official score would have given me a lot of confidence...but anyway, this becomes yet another story of partial achievement. It isn't bad but isn't what I aimed for.
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20 Oct 2010, 08:47
Hi,

I took the GMAT today and to much of my frustration I screwed up big time. I score 660 (verbal 35 and Quant 47). I have been following gmatclub regularly but silently. Before taking GMAT, I took GMAT Prep test 1 score 710 and test 2 700. I have been also taken MGMAT online CAT and score from 670 t0 690. Could anyone assess whether I should retake GMAT?

I am aiming for LBS (Sloans Masters), EMBA from INSEAD, ISB and IIMA. I have a decent CV with 14 yrs of work experience.

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20 Oct 2010, 13:06
geekguru,

Have you looked at the average and median GMAT score for the programs that you want to apply to? Usually the GMAT requirement is lower in executive MBA programs because work experience is much more important at that level.
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20 Oct 2010, 13:07
hash2u,

I know how frustrating it can be when you score lower on the real test.
What schools are you going to apply to?
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20 Oct 2010, 13:28
bseb,

I have looked into the average GMAT score for EMBA. It ranges from 640 and up for some schools(e.g. LBS) where as some school report average score in the range of 710 (IIMA, ISB).

Btw, I would appreciate your evaluation of Sloan Masters in Leadership and Strategy (LSB/MIT/Standford). How is this program rated vs EMBA and full time MBA.

Thanks a lot.
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21 Oct 2010, 21:36
geekguru,

I would love to help you out but unfortunately I am not too familiar with EMBA programs. Hope you'll find someone who will be able to answer your questions.

Good luck!
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22 Oct 2010, 07:36
I took the GMAT the last day of August, and was pretty pleased with my score of 740. But now I'm reading that my breakdown might not make the cut. I got 47Q (77%) and 45V (98%).

How big a deal is it that I didn't break 80% for Q? While my good score in V pretty well compensates for my Q weakness in the overall GMAT scoring, does it compensate in the minds of the admission committees at the top schools?

Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Stanford, Wharton, Yale, Chicago, and MIT are my targets. If you can tell which of these schools might see my breakdown more or less favorably, please enlighten!

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23 Oct 2010, 15:53
MelloFellow,

I was (am?) in the same situation as you. I took the gmat last week and got 720 (Q47, 77% and V41, 92%). Most of the people I spoke to about retaking the gmat told me not to do it and advised me to focus on essays. What background do you have? Apparently if you have an engineering background, adcoms are more forgiving for a slightly lower quant score. At least, that's what I heard. Finally, if you are going to apply for round 2 it's almost already too late to retake gmat.
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02 Nov 2010, 06:46
Should I retake?
I got 750 Q51 V40
I aim to shoot for scholarships
I am an entrepreneur into consulting domain
I plan to enter school in 2012
I don't know if I can spend more time on preparation
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03 Nov 2010, 20:50

Retaking would be a waste of time to me. A friend of mine got a full scholarship at Wharton and scored "only" 740. She had really a great profile though (WE, education, and EC's). If you were consistently scoring 780 on your practice tests then I might consider it but it seems that you were scoring around 750 so...
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03 Nov 2010, 21:00
Rockrock,

If you have timing issues I think you need to practice more until the strategies become a second nature. Also make sure you keep a log of all the wrong questions, the questions that took you more than 3 minutes to resolve, and all the questions you got right but that you know you did not use the right approach. Let a couple of weeks go by and try to redo all those questions.
I don't know if it's the kind of advice you were looking for but that's what I would do.
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14 Nov 2010, 01:01
Hi,
I took up GMAT yesterday and ended up with just 460(Q35,V19).I have planned to take up GMAT again.How should I go about it.I was too nervous on the test day and I think that demoralised me so much on 'D-day'.I didnot do enough of CR and RC.Although I participated in GMAT club forums and tried few questions and got it right,I think I was not thorough with the concepts.I did 1000SC's but still SC is a nightmare for me..In quants I got struck with a question and spent too much time on it,hence I didnot do the last 2 questions.I feel guilty because I prepared for 3 months but not able to make it..I am aiming above 650.Please let me know how to improve.
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17 Nov 2010, 23:28
Hi someone pls help me.I am planning to retake GMAT after a month.Please suggest me some strategies to pace up my prep(My score is 460 Q35,V19)
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18 Nov 2010, 12:04
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I didnot do enough of CR and RC.Although I participated in GMAT club forums and tried few questions and got it right,I think I was not thorough with the concepts.I did 1000SC's but still SC is a nightmare for me..In quants I got struck with a question and spent too much time on it,hence I didnot do the last 2 questions.
Aarthi

I think you kind of answered your own question. For the timing issue practice until you can get the question right in less than 3 minutes. If it takes you longer write it down and come back to it later (whether you got it right or wrong). For SC questions, get the MGMAT SC book and study it until you know it inside out. For CR, practice recognizing the patterns, you will see that many questions are structured in a similar way. For RC, practice reading critically tough passages (you may want to spend more time on that if you're a non native speaker like me).

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18 Nov 2010, 19:24
Hey guys,

I'm curious what you all might recommend based on my epic fail this past Saturday.

Some background on me: BS in Computer Science working for almost two years. Took a PR classroom GMAT class. Baselined around 450 initially.

I did everything in the PR book, read *some* of the stuff in the MGMAT books. I did almost all of the practice problems in the OG 12 recommended by PR but no more. I would say I have dedicated roughly 10-14 hours a week for the past 7 weeks.

The following are my practice tests- (don't have the Q and V for the MBA ones unfortunately). They were taken in chronological order from when I began studying.

M V T
PR 1 28 25 450
PR 2 25 28 450
PR 3 31 32 530
PR 4 32 28 500
PR 5 32 37 570
MBA 1 640
MBA 2 500

I definitely feel like I have improved and was honestly not terribly nervous on test day. However, my Quant score was horrific. My final score was a measly 510- Q25 V36. I did feel like I was rushing my ass off during the math section, although I feel like I have control of my verbal timing.

And then I took a math section of MGMAT last night and scored a 36Q.. go figure.

So a couple of questions:
1. Should I retake (I'm assuming you're going to say a reaffirming yes) and how long should I study until I do (full time ~8-5 so I have my nights and my weekends).
2. Should I focus just on quant or both?
3. How much would a private tutor for quant help?
4. Bought the OG Quant supplement, planning on doing all of those
5. Any recommendations to get more comfortable with the Q timing?

Thanks guys, I know this is just a post in a forum, but being able to share this story with you all gives me the mental strength to keep at it and to give this thing another shot.
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18 Nov 2010, 20:54
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1. It depends what your target score and schools are but if you're targeting anything better than the University of Phoenix online MBA program I would retake it. Personally, I studied about 5 hours per week for 2 months and then 15-20 hours per week for a month and half.
2. Based on your score results track record, I would keep working on both, if I were you.
3. I think that private tutors are great if you're struggling with the math concepts but once you master the concepts you need to practice by yourself.
5. See my previous post.

Good luck to you!
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