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Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 16:50
Hoping someone would be able to give some advice while I am thinking about retaking the GMAT.

Below is how I scored on my first try, and in the last few months before my 2nd try:

Real GMAT 3/18 - 540 (V25 Q39)
MGMAT 11/29 - 640 (V35 Q43)
MGMAT 11/30 - 700 (V40 Q45)
MGMAT 12/1 - 680 (V36 Q46)
GMATPREP 12/2 - 600 (V39 Q34)
Real GMAT 12/4 - 550 (V23 Q43)

I felt pretty good about Quant, but with Verbal I paid a lot of attention to the clock, and felt like I was good on time, because I did most questions in about 1.5 minutes, but rushed the RC parts, because I definitely had to guess on at least 4-5 RC questions. I ended up having exactly enough time to finish the last few problems, which was probably a bad sign that I rushed in the middle.

Any thoughts on retaking the test?

Thanks.
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Re: Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 17:08
Well for timing I really like a tip I read on here recently to keep track of your time. You write down intervals like this:

Verbal would be like this:

Min-Q#
75-1
60-8/10
45-16/17
30-24/25
15-32/33

It really really helps me. I think if you want to take it again you need to figure out why you are doing so well on practice tests and not getting the same kind of score on the real thing. Do you get test anxiety? It can really affect your ability.
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Re: Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 18:08
Hello,
Sorry to hear about the tough break, especially after some positive practice tests.

Maybe you could give a little bit more info about yourself (GPA range, WE, etc) and your target schools, because that would go along way towards determining whether you should retake or not.

Barring that, I would say definitely retake it if you think you could get 100 more points on a better day. But please do let us know more about yourself so we can give better advice!
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Re: Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 09 Dec 2010, 19:41
retake it.

that's my recommendation.
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Re: Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2010, 15:28
I do get a little bit of test anxiety, but it's not to the point where I'm sweating and worrying throughout the whole time, but I do think about timing and what the final score is going to be. Would this be considered test anxiety? Any suggestions on how to relax and not think about other things than the test?

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Re: Should I retake the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2010, 16:15
Retake it. I say use the GMAT club tests. I invested my $79 in them and I improved from a 550 to 640 to 660.
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