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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 09:25
Hi,
I was hoping you could help me out with my decision on whether to retake the GMAT.
I just it and got an overall 710, quant 50 and verbal 35.
In my practice tests I was always around the 740 mark with q48-49 and v42.
Verbal totally screwed me up. And im pretty sure it was because of cr & rc more than sc


Im looking to apply to universities ranked 9-16(roughly) on the us mba rankings


The rest of my profile is as follows:
1) Electronics engineer from India.
2) Worked at infosys for 8 months.
3) Started my own company after that and will have worked in the company for arnd 1yr 4months by the time I plan on starting b-school

Any advice??

Thanks and regards,
Ayush Agarwal

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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 09:30
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agarwalayush wrote:
Hi,
I was hoping you could help me out with my decision on whether to retake the GMAT.
I just it and got an overall 710, quant 50 and verbal 35.
In my practice tests I was always around the 740 mark with q48-49 and v42.
Verbal totally screwed me up. And im pretty sure it was because of cr & rc more than sc


The rest of my profile is as follows:
1) Electronics engineer from India.
2) Worked at infosys for 8 months.
3) Started my own company after that and will have worked in the company for arnd 1yr 4months by the time I plan on starting b-school

Any advice??

Thanks and regards,
Ayush Agarwal



I think you omitted the schools you are trying to apply to. That is one missing piece of info. Also, you may want to get a free consultation from admissions consultants on this as well
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 09:39
sorry... just edited the message
im looking at colleges ranked 9-16(roughly) on the us news mba rankings list.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 09:43
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I think you will do great in your category of schools. However, you do have an Indian Tech Background, which means you will be competing against a pretty large applicant base with your background. If you have a good story then I would not bother but if your story/applications are not very strong, you may want to consider retaking in a month (at least to put an end to the doubts).

As they always say, retaking really depends on you being able to use the time better. Many feel that for the top 20, an increase from 710 to 760 may not be worth it but if you are done with your essays or not planning to spend too much time studying, then it may be worth it.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 09:58
Well I have a pretty good record throughout my undergrad with projects and with IEEE committee work and also did a little social work with the Lions Club.
I know I can do better and get around the 750 mark and its just eating me up that I screwed up so badly. I know I can achieve that score without devoting too much time into it which anyways I wont be able to put in as im also preparing for CFA level 1 in Dec and the Indian MBA entrance exam - CAT.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 10:15
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Then I would take the GMAT again. There is a 40 point error in the test, so you may walk out with a cool 750 the next time. If anything, it will resolve your doubts! (and that's worth $250 to me). Good luck! (see some of the success debriefs. People just took the test without studying and scored much higher... mostly due to lower stress/etc). You have a 710 already - nothing to stress about, just take one question at a time and that's it! Dont think about the results or scores, just one question at a time.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 10:42
Thanks a lot for the help. Ill also write to a few of the universities im applying to, to check their views on retaking the gmat.
Also, one last question - Do I have to wait the an entire 31 day period or am I allowed to give the exam as soon as the next calendar month begins??
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2011, 21:12
you have to wait that period
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2011, 03:36
Hi all, if I write a 4th time, they should only be able to see the last 3 scores, correct? Also, GMAC will inform them that it was my 4th attempt I'm guessing?
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2011, 04:35
Hi all, for those considering multiple attempts, and also those with a disproportionate score (very high verbal very low math or vice versa) wishing to rewrite to balance it out, please view below response from Wharton on their website. Though specific to Wharton, mI'd think most of it applies to general re-takers too:

http://engage.wharton.upenn.edu/MBA/forums/p/3187/9073.aspx#9073

Let me know if you have problems accessing it. I will post the text. Hope its helpful!
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2011, 23:25
Hi all
I'm considering a 4th attempt. I wanted to know which scores get reported by GMAC. On my 4th attempt, if I select some schools at the center (or later), will they get all 4 of my scores, or just the last 3?

In case they get just the last 3, GMAC will inform them that it was my 4th attempt right, and then I might have to explain it later anyway? Can somebody explain this please?
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 07:35
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I took my GMAT yesterday, 20 Aug 2011 and got a score of 620 (Q-46, V-29).

I used MGMAT guides and tests & Kaplan premier 2010 (with CD) for my preparation.
During my practice my score were
MGMAT-1 (Jun 1st week) - 600
MGMAT-2 (Jun 2nd week) - 590
MGMAT-3 (Jun last week) - 610
MGMAT-4 (July last week) - 650
MGMAT-5 (Aug 1st week) - 710
MGMAT-6 (19 Aug) - 680 (took it casually)

Kaplan-1 (May Last week) - 630
Kaplan-2 (july 2nd week) - 650
Kaplan-3 (july 3rd week) - 650
Kaplan-4 (Aug 2nd week) - 680

GMAT prep-1 (Jun 2nd week) - 660
GMAT prep-2 (16th Aug) - 640 (Q50, V-27)

my avg score for Quant = 47-48
my avg score for Verbal = 35-36

I have used 1000 series for all five portions (PS,DS,CR,RC & SC)
Used MGMAT SC guide for SC & CR bible for CR

My target institution is ISB(India) and IIMs(India).

Guys after seeing such score I am broken
I know with this score I head for nowhere

Should I retake the test or prepare my application (I presently serve with Army, will this make a strong profile. But I don't that it will be strong enough to compensate for such a low score.)

and if I should prepare then which all material should I refer to and what should my strategy now.



This is a really tough question.
I would also get a second opinion from ThinkAdmit in the Admissions Consulting forum.
I think for ISB you may want to retake since the competition is so fierce. Do get a second opinion though!
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2011, 08:35
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I understand that since my score low low for ISB, I need to retake the exam but now I am puzzled with the thought that which material should I refer to. Can you please help me on that. can you suggest some good study material or course which can me at this stage
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 09:02
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I understand that since my score low low for ISB, I need to retake the exam but now I am puzzled with the thought that which material should I refer to. Can you please help me on that. can you suggest some good study material or course which can me at this stage


Hi, sad news, but I would say: retake it without hesitation. Why? Because as I see you used pretty good materials and in most of cases your GMAT score is lower than that in practice CATs. Seems it was a bad luck.
Does retaking the test hurt you? I think no. So why not to take it again?!
You are aiming for 720+, so go and DESTROY IT! You deserve more!
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 09:25
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I understand that since my score low low for ISB, I need to retake the exam but now I am puzzled with the thought that which material should I refer to. Can you please help me on that. can you suggest some good study material or course which can me at this stage


Regarding the materials. Try Knewton, they guarantee +50 points improvement or money back. It worked for me.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 09:32
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Hi bb

I understand that since my score low low for ISB, I need to retake the exam but now I am puzzled with the thought that which material should I refer to. Can you please help me on that. can you suggest some good study material or course which can me at this stage


Regarding the materials. Try Knewton, they guarantee +50 points improvement or money back. It worked for me.

Thanks Pkit.....there is no harm taking the retest and in fact I have made up my mind to prepare again. Do you find knewton good?....how much does their course cost.....is there any way to get a cheaper deal....
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 09:59
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ravi67741 wrote:
Hi bb

I understand that since my score low low for ISB, I need to retake the exam but now I am puzzled with the thought that which material should I refer to. Can you please help me on that. can you suggest some good study material or course which can me at this stage


Regarding the materials. Try Knewton, they guarantee +50 points improvement or money back. It worked for me.

Thanks Pkit.....there is no harm taking the retest and in fact I have made up my mind to prepare again. Do you find knewton good?....how much does their course cost.....is there any way to get a cheaper deal....


Look here http://gmatclub.com/blog/courses/knewto ... e/?fl=menu -you will lso see some promo codes. Visit their site http://www.knewton.com/gmat/pricing/ they have a promo until Aug 26th.
I can't locate now the thread in which guys provided their feedback about the course, but for me it was good (I improved by more than 50 points).
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2011, 10:06
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Look here http://gmatclub.com/blog/courses/knewto ... e/?fl=menu -you will lso see some promo codes. Visit their site http://www.knewton.com/gmat/pricing/ they have a promo until Aug 26th.
I can't locate now the thread in which guys provided their feedback about the course, but for me it was good (I improved by more than 50 points).


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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 01 Sep 2011, 04:41
Getting ready for Gmat this October and am still filled up with so many questions and worse of all every time I feel I`m getting right on track the next day comes up with too many new thing to go through with and I start to feel frustrated.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 02 Sep 2011, 01:32
Hi Pkit
I have recently purchased Knewton's GMAT course. Could you please suggest me some of the best strategies to use this course.

This is my third day with the course and last two days I had some some recorded class sessions. Will the course automatically provide me with sessions and material as I will progress with the course or I need to search for it in my knewton's dashboard.

Till now I have not been given any doc or pdf, will i have to search for it.

Plz advise me.
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