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# Took exam today. Unofficial score report. Question.

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03 Nov 2012, 09:45
OK, I took the exam today. I was very nervous as I somehow only managed to sleep for 45 minutes last night--staying awake for 5.5 consecutive hours and rolling around is something that I had never experienced and let met tell you, it's torture!

Anyways, that story belongs to another part of the forum. I'm here to ask about my score report. Two questions:

1) First, has anyone heard of the total score on the official score to be lower than the unofficial one? I'm just trying to get an understanding of (the chances of) any variance between the two. How could it actually turn lower?

2) Second, on QT I scored 44 and 63rd percentile, which is somewhat lower than my prep exams (ranged between 45-48, if you exclude the first one). On the verbal, it was 41 and 93rd. Total: 700 and 90th. How do these scores work? Does the verbal count more towards the total? Because the average of 63 and 93 is certainly not 90.

3) If I may enter a third question, do you think I should take the exam again? I've read several posts about this on the forum, including one which said that at the end of the day, it's a matter of opportunity cost. But let's say I'm applying to such B-schools as Rotman (university of toronto), Berkley, London Biz School, HEC and INSEAD in France. Furthermore, let's assume that I have to send all my applications by the end of November, and retake the GMAT by no later than early December. Finally, let's assume that I have nothing else to do in the meantime but to apply to schools and potentially to study more for the GMAT. Should I retake the GMAT?

Thanks. Time to breath again and sleep.
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04 Nov 2012, 06:09
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OK, I took the exam today. I was very nervous as I somehow only managed to sleep for 45 minutes last night--staying awake for 5.5 consecutive hours and rolling around is something that I had never experienced and let met tell you, it's torture!

Anyways, that story belongs to another part of the forum. I'm here to ask about my score report. Two questions:

1) First, has anyone heard of the total score on the official score to be lower than the unofficial one? I'm just trying to get an understanding of (the chances of) any variance between the two. How could it actually turn lower?

2) Second, on QT I scored 44 and 63rd percentile, which is somewhat lower than my prep exams (ranged between 45-48, if you exclude the first one). On the verbal, it was 41 and 93rd. Total: 700 and 90th. How do these scores work? Does the verbal count more towards the total? Because the average of 63 and 93 is certainly not 90.

3) If I may enter a third question, do you think I should take the exam again? I've read several posts about this on the forum, including one which said that at the end of the day, it's a matter of opportunity cost. But let's say I'm applying to such B-schools as Rotman (university of toronto), Berkley, London Biz School, HEC and INSEAD in France. Furthermore, let's assume that I have to send all my applications by the end of November, and retake the GMAT by no later than early December. Finally, let's assume that I have nothing else to do in the meantime but to apply to schools and potentially to study more for the GMAT. Should I retake the GMAT?

Thanks. Time to breath again and sleep.

Congrats on your score! And I totally sympathize with your pre-test sleeping woes. I would like to direct you to this great post by bb regarding your second question. It shows how quant and verbal factor in to the overall score.

I'm unable post the link, but if you search gmat-scores-83890 it should come up....otherwise, if someone else could post the link, that would be great.

Verbal does appear to matter more in determining your overall score. But, it's up to you if you think a month will make a difference in improving quant. Are you struggling more with timing or material?
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04 Nov 2012, 08:17
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sepandee wrote:
OK, I took the exam today. I was very nervous as I somehow only managed to sleep for 45 minutes last night--staying awake for 5.5 consecutive hours and rolling around is something that I had never experienced and let met tell you, it's torture!

Anyways, that story belongs to another part of the forum. I'm here to ask about my score report. Two questions:

1) First, has anyone heard of the total score on the official score to be lower than the unofficial one? I'm just trying to get an understanding of (the chances of) any variance between the two. How could it actually turn lower?

2) Second, on QT I scored 44 and 63rd percentile, which is somewhat lower than my prep exams (ranged between 45-48, if you exclude the first one). On the verbal, it was 41 and 93rd. Total: 700 and 90th. How do these scores work? Does the verbal count more towards the total? Because the average of 63 and 93 is certainly not 90.

3) If I may enter a third question, do you think I should take the exam again? I've read several posts about this on the forum, including one which said that at the end of the day, it's a matter of opportunity cost. But let's say I'm applying to such B-schools as Rotman (university of toronto), Berkley, London Biz School, HEC and INSEAD in France. Furthermore, let's assume that I have to send all my applications by the end of November, and retake the GMAT by no later than early December. Finally, let's assume that I have nothing else to do in the meantime but to apply to schools and potentially to study more for the GMAT. Should I retake the GMAT?

Thanks. Time to breath again and sleep.

Congrats on your score! And I totally sympathize with your pre-test sleeping woes. I would like to direct you to this great post by bb regarding your second question. It shows how quant and verbal factor in to the overall score.

I'm unable post the link, but if you search gmat-scores-83890 it should come up....otherwise, if someone else could post the link, that would be great.

Verbal does appear to matter more in determining your overall score. But, it's up to you if you think a month will make a difference in improving quant. Are you struggling more with timing or material?
Timing. Definitely timing. I'm very stubborn when it comes to answering Quant sections. It's hard for me to move on without having answered the question. It gets so bad that on my first gmat, I had to rush through 8 questions at the end and I still left the last 6 unanswered (which showed on my score). During the actual exam yesterday, I still rushed through the last 10 questions and left one or two questions unanswered.
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04 Nov 2012, 11:18
At this point I would not retake the GMAT. A score of 700 is a good score and would qualify for you the schools listed. I think that you time could be better spent writing essays and working to perfect other parts of the application.

Plus if I understand correctly, it sounds like you have already taken the GMAT once before, so now you are at twice. Most people don't like to see that you have taken the GMAT more than three times. So if worst comes to worst and you don't get accepted into your target schools, it might be nice to try one last time and really dominate the quant section. Basically, if was to be taking the GMAT for the third time, I would want to make darn sure that I did really well and made significant improvement to my weak areas (this could take more than the one month that you have to study and improve).

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04 Nov 2012, 14:06

On the other hand, I think you are fine with Rotman and HEC with these scores.

Good luck.

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04 Nov 2012, 14:42
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On the other hand, I think you are fine with Rotman and HEC with these scores.

Good luck.

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No, this was the first time I took the exam. So next time would be only the second. By the way, I have to say your Manhattan GMAT books were amazing. That's all I did to get the 700: those 8 books (I actually skipped most of the sentence correction book because it seemed pointless with all the stuff I had to memorize): read those books. That, plus 3 prep tests from the GMAT software.

If I did it again in a month I would certainly do better. For one, I would make sure I don't leave one or two questions unanswered at the end of the quant section, which is what I did this time. Second, I'll work on my speed for quant. I already know everything and given enough time I can handle all the quant sections. It's just the speed.

But then again, if 700 is good enough to get me to the best schools, I'd rather focus on my applications.
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04 Nov 2012, 14:58
We are Manhattan Review, not Manhattan GMAT.

Good luck in your process. The applications are meant to be challenging.

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