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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 16 Jan 2012, 10:56
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Yes, 720 is good enough for ISB, if you do okay in the interview. If you are targeting a scholarship, though, you may have to stretch the score a bit. But, I believe it is good enough for admission.

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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2012, 08:15
Hi

I took the exam this tuesday and scored 660 (42/39). I will certainly retake the exam once I intend to apply to round 3 LBS and I understand that my score should be at least 700 to do so.
But I would like to share my experience with you guys and ask for some opinions.

During the test day I faced the following problems:

The beginning of the test delayed in 1 hour. The test was schedule to 17/01 2:00 pm but it started after 3 pm;
The keyboard was awful and I had a hard time to write the essays;
The place was extremely noisy (it’s a business office with a classroom beside it, and once the test delayed it coincided with the begging of a regular class with people coming and going all the time);
The verbal part was interrupted after approximately 40 minutes due to a system problem (the system got locked) and I waited about 30 minutes outside the test room to continue the test.

I really want to ask GMAC to cancel/disregard my test in order to retake it.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 19 Jan 2012, 11:32
Although I think you can request GMAC for that but I seriously doubt whether they will do so. My suggestion will be just move on and forget about the past. Since you want to go for it again just put your effort for a better score. Also you did not mention your GMAT prep scores. That could have been a yardstick. If possible choose an alternate center next time.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2012, 19:00
My first GMAT practice (non-CAT w/ Kaplan - free thing at a local college) ended up at 580 - scary for someone who is not used to scoring outside of the 90% percentile in any test.

I took the GMAT a month later after some hard self-studying and scored a 680 (46Q / 38V). Not happy with the score but not terribly dissatisfied (and very tired of studying), I did not want to retake the exam. My wife ended up talking me into a second try after I stepped away for a week. I am applying to only one school but want to earn a scholarship (which the school has admitted is largely based on GMAT, although admission is not as much).

With a little bit of tutoring on advanced quantitative topics and an actual test plan the second time around I scored a 760 (48Q / 46V) 32 days later. My trick for me was to really SLOW DOWN and focus on the Verbal. I finished the verbal section far too quickly the first time and lost focus. The second time I took a few "mini-breaks", closing my eyes for a minute or so at regular intervals - this helped quite a bit.

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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2012, 05:27
Congrats on a great score, nsspaz!

Would be great if you could share your GMAT experience in a debrief format under a new topic, if you have the time - would be pretty helpful to readers here.

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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 07 Feb 2012, 20:27
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I think even if one were to select no schools to report to in the second attempt, when the schools s/he had sent the first scores to check his GMAT score, they would be shown both scores and not one.

However, if the person's application has already been reviewed by the school concerned and his first GMAT score checked, and the candidate believes a punt on a second attempt might beef up his chances, then probably taking the GMAT on the sly may help - he can then only intimate the school if he has been able to increae his score - not otherwise.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2012, 04:41
Took the GMAT on a whim after graduating college in '09...scored 680 with about one month of preparation. Study "plan" if you could call it that consisted mostly of whatever study books I could find at the college library.

Flash forward three years, and now I'm pretty sure I'll be applying this coming fall for matriculation in Fall of '13. I have a more comprehensive study plan this time (MGMAT Guides, OGs, etc.), and three months of study time. Also, I discovered GMAT Club, which has been an invaluable tool in mapping out my schedule.

I will be disappointed with anything less than 700, and have a goal of 730+. Time to get crackin'!
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2012, 04:13
Yes, I am thinking taking a G-MAT test
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 23 Feb 2012, 11:43
Keep going until you get a good score
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2012, 03:43
This will be helpful wen I take the test 2 months from now! Appreciate!
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 08 Mar 2012, 10:20
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Just posted an update in the first post from GMAC Research on retaking. Some interesting numbers
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2012, 10:35
Hi BB,
i gave GMAT on 28 March 2012 and scored 630 (Q46, V31). I have given GMAT in sept 2011 also and score 620 (Q46, V30). Last time i had not given any prep tests apart from GMATPrep n my study material was not sufficient and correct.. So this time i used OG 12th edition + MGMAT Sc guide + MGMAT CR guide + Powerscore CR bible. i practiced almost all the GMATPrep questions on MGMAT forums. OG questions i practiced so many time that answer were by heart. I gave mock tests , following are my scores:
Kaplan : 570.
GMATPrep 620
MGMAT: 690
GmatPrep 660
Powerscore GMAT: 670
MGMAT : 660
MGMAT: 650
MGMAT 620( test was disturbed by many things so i dun wanna count this one)

i gave all my mock test in real GMAT situation. i practiced verbal very hard this time, trying to understand every concept. My strike rate of GMATPrep questions n OG questions by the end was roughly 17/20 for CR and 18-19/20 for SC. while giving thereal GMAT exam i thought that verbal is going well n i will atleast score 670.. However when the score popped up it was 630. There was no anxiety, no missed questions, no randon guesses. While doing the exam i marked all the answers after reasoning them out n i beleived whatever i am selecting is write.
i am clueless why this happened.May be after all the studies my understanding itself was not correct. I am clueless as to what to do next, should i give GMAT again because my score is just the same second time also, i dont know if third time it wil increase or may become 640. May be i dont know what i am doing wrong specially in verbal. i want to have atleast 690 to apply to colleges i want. i need some advice on what to do next...
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 31 Mar 2012, 10:46
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I think since there could be up to a 40-point error in the GMAT score (where it over or under estimates your abilities) you want to have at least 700+ on GMAT prep or other tests. You probably were not ready to go to take the exam if you were getting 660's and needed 690.

I do not see why you were expecting 670. None of your last 3-4 scores were over 660 except the powerscore. I think you need to bush up on the fundamentals of the Verbal and beef up your quant (you can get it up to 49 without too much struggle). If you can get your Reading/SC/CR up a bit, you can reach the 700.

I would recommend the MGMAT Verbal Foundations and MGMAT Roadmap.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 03 Apr 2012, 07:53
Hi BB,

I just took my GMAT and scored 660. I did miss out on two questions in the Verbal section and believe that this mishap killed my score.

From preparation side, i was always confident on scoring good. I loved studying English material and was able to crack most of the questions. Although, i did not have a habit of classifying problems of SC into different categories, i still was able to differentiate between right and wrong choices, probably because i am an avid reader.

But i am confused on what happened on the exam day. With Quant, I was always scoring in the range 40-48 and replicated the same in the real test. However, i believe i can do better. Maybe need more practice.

My preparation was not very structured but i did cover everything. I finished OG12, kaplan 800, and a lot of other material that i found on several sites including GMATCLUB. I relied heavily on the GMATCLUB Math book also.

In the two full length tests i gave - GmatPrep, i scored 720 and 680. In addition to this, i did give a lot of section tests to improve my verbal score, and it did improve. I was getting a score of 50 in the last few section tests i gave (800score). But as i said, i don't know what happened exactly on the exam day.

I need your advise on whether i should retake the exam and if yes, what should be my preparation strategy. I want it to be more structured this time. I was checking a few links you posted on the first page and a particular one - From 640 to 770 inspired me a lot. And hence, i decided to post this query. I have been quite averse about writing my thoughts on any forum and relied heavily on the already written responses but i guess it needs to change.

Let me know your thoughts.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 12 Apr 2012, 06:37
Hi,

I took GMAT last week and scored a 700. I used the Manhattan series books(SC,CR,RC) and Powerscore (CR) along with OG 12 and Nova maths.

Following are test scores in the Manhattan tests

Manhattan 1: 680
Manhattan 2: 680
Manhattan 3: 680
I prepared for a month and took the remaining tests
Manhattan 4: 720
Manhattan 5: 720
Manhattan 6: 740

on exam day which was one day after Manhattan test, I score 700 (48,38) .
I am planning to retake the test in July and am wondering if enrolling in Knewton will be a good idea? On one hand I am excited about their 50 point guarantee - for me that means 750 or money back, but on the other hand I am worried as I have not seen some people around 700 using Knewton a lot. Those who have have not many good things to say!
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2012, 08:16
Great analysis. I got a 690 at the end of 2010 but my Q score was 70% percentile so I decided I will retake the GMAT in 4 months. I am applying Round 1 in 2013 so I have more than enough time to bring up the Q score.
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 30 Apr 2012, 12:31
I'm trying to decide if I should retake. I took the GMAT today and scored a 660 (42v, 36q), well below where I have been scoring on practice exams, but better than the last time I took the exam (about a month and a half ago) when I took the exam on 2 hrs of sleep and got a 630. Here are my scores on my most recent tests:
MGMAT: 710 (44q, 42v)
MGMAT: 710 (43q, 44v)
GMAT Prep: 710 (40q, 44v)
GMAT Prep 680 (37q, 45v)

I went to a top-5 school, where I had a fairly mediocre (3.15) GPA but am female and mixed race (Caucasian, Native American, and African-American). I come from a non-finance background (I work in defense).

Do I have any shot of getting into anywhere good with this profile? Or is it worth it to gamble with the new GMAT format and take it again? Any suggestions for tackling another retake?
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 03:09
got 710 thinking of improving it further. planning for a test.. albeit with the new format :)
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Re: Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2012, 08:19
I used MGMAT and GMATPrep for my first attempt?

Which tests should one use for the second attempt?
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