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30 Aug 2008, 03:02
Hi All,

I think I speak for most active and passive readers of this forum when I say I have a GMAT conundrum. In 2006, I had enrolled in a Kaplan GMAT prep course and was consistently scoring above 700 on the practice tests. I took the GMAT a couple of months after the course, and ended up with a 650 on the actual thing. What was even more surprising was that I had improved my verbal score to 32 or 34, but my quant score fell from an avg of 50 on practice tests to about 43 or 44.

Now, a couple of years down, I'm looking to begin the b-school application process. While the score I got is not horrible, I am going to take the test again. Here are the problems I have:
A. What will happen if my score drops further?
B. Should I begin applying to schools this year with my sore of 650? (although they won't be my target schools)
C. I will be utilizing both the GMAT club and the OG for my prep which I hadn't utilized 2 years ago. What other test preps are available to provide me with an accurate gauge of my performance?
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31 Aug 2008, 19:28
Don't needlessly stress yourself out that your score will drop further. It's unlikely. Be well-prepared and you should be fine.

I wouldn't waste money and time applying to schools you wouldn't really want to go to. Take that time to study for the GMAT and the money to visit schools that interest you. You'll get much more out of it, and visiting the schools is a good way to make a good impression and find out if the school suits you.

I am new here too so I haven't seen the challenges, but they seem highly regarded. Definitely use OG and take the GMATPrep tests. I started with the Cracking the GMAT book and have found it very useful so far.
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