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# Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies

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23 Dec 2009, 16:25
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I took the GMAT and i had a total score of 550.
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Please i need someone to tell me what to do inorder to rise my score to 700+.

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23 Dec 2009, 19:17
Hey Guys,

I got a 620 on the GMAT (v 83%, q 49%). I did a lot of studying (4+ months, 10+ hours a week) so I was very disappointed with my score.

I did the Kaplan program and my score didn't really go up much after the 3rd practice test (got 530 on diagnostic, then 570, then 620, then bounced around a bunch and went as low as 510 and as high as a 640).

Do you think there is much point in taking again? I feel pretty burnt out from studying, especially when my score didn't improve much considering the time I put in. Maybe I'm just stuck with a low score...

Based on your alls experience, do you see big score jumps on retakes, even after people have studied and taken their first test seriously? According to GMAC statistically people don't do much better on retakes, but I'm not sure if they have an angle.

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Hey Guys,

I got a 620 on the GMAT (v 83%, q 49%). I did a lot of studying (4+ months, 10+ hours a week) so I was very disappointed with my score.

I did the Kaplan program and my score didn't really go up much after the 3rd practice test (got 530 on diagnostic, then 570, then 620, then bounced around a bunch and went as low as 510 and as high as a 640).

Do you think there is much point in taking again? I feel pretty burnt out from studying, especially when my score didn't improve much considering the time I put in. Maybe I'm just stuck with a low score...

Based on your alls experience, do you see big score jumps on retakes, even after people have studied and taken their first test seriously? According to GMAC statistically people don't do much better on retakes, but I'm not sure if they have an angle.

Thanks!

Hi gmatdummy,

Your results are similar to mine the first time around, only you are doing better on quant

Don't be discouraged. Take some time off, go a month without studying before deciding to retake/not to retake the GMAT.

I got 610 the first time and 660 yesterday and I beleive I could have done better if I wasn't nervous. I plateaued at q35 and above by doing lots of difficult problems - more difficult than the actual GMAT in fact. Did you do the GMATClub diagnostic test and the GMAT questions of the day?
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24 Dec 2009, 04:50
Anya1979 - Congrats on the score bump!

Taking some time off seems like a good idea as I can't really think straight now. I actually haven't been to gmat club until last night but I will check out those things you recommended.
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24 Jan 2010, 00:24
Hi,

Can anyone comment on my individual section split? Is Q50 V37 too disparate? My total GMAT score is 710, and I'm considering a retake. My two GMATPrep practice exams both resulted in a 750 (Q50, V41).

I'm planning on applying to several Top 10 schools including MIT, Columbia, NYU, Kellogg and Booth. Will the 710 hurt my chances of admission? Will a 750 make enough of a difference all else being the same?

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Can anyone comment on my individual section split? Is Q50 V37 too disparate? My total GMAT score is 710, and I'm considering a retake. My two GMATPrep practice exams both resulted in a 750 (Q50, V41).

I'm planning on applying to several Top 10 schools including MIT, Columbia, NYU, Kellogg and Booth. Will the 710 hurt my chances of admission? Will a 750 make enough of a difference all else being the same?

Probably won't make too much difference. People get into top 10 with 690. You have a very high quant score and finance schools will love you for that.
A good/strong essay/story may be a better investment of your time.
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24 Jan 2010, 14:44
Thanks for the confidence boost bb! That laid a few concerns to rest.
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27 Jan 2010, 10:50
Nice post. I took GMAT in november'09 and got 600 in my first attempt. I was very disappointed. But then I joined Gmat club and found out that many top rankers scored less in thier initial attempts. This helped me regain my confidence and now I'm planning to reappear in April. I'll definitely refer the guidlines. Hope I do well this time.
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27 Jan 2010, 21:34
Thanks for the post.
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20 Feb 2010, 00:25
Hello Guys,

Please help me on this doubt of Retaking the GMAT. It may be a silly question but just to make myself clear. i am yet to write the GMAT. Just thinking on all possible options. If suppose i am retaking the GMAT, Do i need to Pay another 250\$ for the 2nd attempt and then schedule it?..
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Hi all,

I retook the GMAT this morning at the same center and time-of-day as before, but 7 weeks later. I'm happy to report a 60 point increase! I went from a 710 (Q50 - 93%ile, V37 - 80%ile, total 92%ile) to a 770 (Q51 - 98%ile, V44 - 97%ile, total 99%ile).

I went back and forth a lot on deciding over the retake, and got a lot of advice from a lot of people on why 710 is good enough, but in the end I decided to go with what would make me sleep easier at night ... at least until I begin fretting over the rest of the application process!

I will say that although a 710 score would probably not have had significant negative impact on my application, the score wasn't anywhere near what I was getting in my practice exams (an avg of 760 over the last six practice tests - GMATPrep and ManhattanGMAT). This was a key factor in my decision to retake the exam.

I will include a debrief later, as I did learn a few lessons from my first experience that I wish to share with the community. I wish to thank the GMAT club community members who take so much time to respond to everyone's questions and support each other. I think that the content on this site is truly amazing. I couldn't have done it without GMATclub!!

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13 Mar 2010, 13:52
Wiredo - thank you very much for the report. Congratulations!!!
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27 Mar 2010, 03:20
bb,

I took the GMAT on 24th of this month and scored 680 (M48, V34) . As, I am a entrepreneur—started my own consumer and economic research company, the company is in the top 30 in the said category in India in terms of the revenues—I was not able to concentrate much on GMAT preparation. What do you suggest should I again appear for GMAT with proper preparation? or will the ADCOM would take my job into consideration while looking at my GMAT score.

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I took the GMAT on 24th of this month and scored 680 (M48, V34) . As, I am a entrepreneur—started my own consumer and economic research company, the company is in the top 30 in the said category in India in terms of the revenues—I was not able to concentrate much on GMAT preparation. What do you suggest should I again appear for GMAT with proper preparation? or will the ADCOM would take my job into consideration while looking at my GMAT score.

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I think you can leave GMAT Alone, even if with ISB. 680 is a great score and unless you felt that you scored 750+ in you practice tests, it may be the time to "bury the GMAT war hammer"
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31 Mar 2010, 03:30
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I took the GMAT on 24th of this month and scored 680 (M48, V34) . As, I am a entrepreneur—started my own consumer and economic research company, the company is in the top 30 in the said category in India in terms of the revenues—I was not able to concentrate much on GMAT preparation. What do you suggest should I again appear for GMAT with proper preparation? or will the ADCOM would take my job into consideration while looking at my GMAT score.

Regards

I think you can leave GMAT Alone, even if with ISB. 680 is a great score and unless you felt that you scored 750+ in you practice tests, it may be the time to "bury the GMAT war hammer"

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thanks! nice post!!!!
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25 Apr 2010, 04:32
Good advice bb . thanks .
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08 May 2010, 00:06
Hi, I got 730 (M:49/V:41), but the score of AWA is only 3.5. May I just use this GMAT score to do the application? Thanks.
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