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# What have I done?

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What have I done? [#permalink]  16 Nov 2006, 21:10
Folks, I just did it!
I just signed up for my 3rd attempt on the sucker, GMAT.
Thanks to the pressure from Wharton!! (80%tile on each section)

1st Attempt : 660 (Q49,V31) 5.0
2nd Attempt: 700 (Q50,V34) 5.5
3rd Attempt: ? I am expecting 730+ (Q51, V38) yeah baby!

I don't really believe that 30+ will do the magic, but at least I will know that GMAT score was not the reason for my failure if the unthinkable thing happens.

I will continue to work on my apps until two weeks before the exam. Then, I will take 1.5 weeks off to prepare for the sucker. 12-29-06 D-day.
I will not sleep more than 6 hours per day for next two months; my current average is about 7.5hrs.
IF(big if) I get 730+, I will remove Virginia and Cornell from my list so that I can focus on my dream school.

Wharton, I am doing all this for you baby! In return, don't even dare to turn back on me!
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Re: What have I done? [#permalink]  16 Nov 2006, 21:18
died4me wrote:
Wharton, I am doing all this for you baby! In return, don't even dare to turn back on me!

How romantic...
Anyway, wish you will conquer the GMAT...
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Thanks Darren!
I also wish you the best luck with visiting SOM and Johnson
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That's the spirit. I like it when someone refuses to settle for less than their max. I wish you luck.
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Re: What have I done? [#permalink]  17 Nov 2006, 03:47
died4me wrote:
I am doing all this for you baby! In return, don't even dare to turn back on me!

(ENTERS THROUGH SIDE DOOR)

Oh yea? Then can you explain why my sisters car was parked outside your garage? I thought you said we loved each other. I mean, after everything? I knew this was going to happen after the abortion. I told you no, but you just couldn't take no for an answer could you? You had to get violent and I told you - I told you died4me - if it ever happened again I'd go to the cops. You know how that my dad used to hit me, and yet you did it too. And what about my sister? You said you guys were playing doctor? You're a grown man aren't you? Thats it died4me! I've had it with your drinking and this crappy trailer and living with your mom, I'm leaving!

(SLAMS DOOR)

(RUNNING TOWARDS DOOR)

"Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarttttttttoooon! Wait I'm sorry! I love you!"
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rhyme, you are too much!
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died4me wrote:
rhyme, you are too much!

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Re: What have I done? [#permalink]  18 Nov 2006, 22:15
died4me wrote:
1st Attempt : 660 (Q49,V31) 5.0
2nd Attempt: 700 (Q50,V34) 5.5
3rd Attempt: ? I am expecting 730+ (Q51, V38) yeah baby!

What if you score 680? or 650? I think 700 should be good enough if your app. is polished and balanced.

Think about the "what ifs". If you are very certain you'll improve then go ahead, but otherwise walk away. I read another post (don't remember where) about a guy who went from 700 to 650 and was feeling miserable about how he'd blown it. Others were explaining that now his judgement would come into question.

Anyway, 730 could help vs. 700, but watch out (or at least have your B plan handy) for the (God forbid) improbable yet not impossible lower grade.

And about the schools not even looking at anything but higher grades, I heard first hand from an Adcom member at an Ultraelite that: "Yeah, we consider only your highest scores, BUT, we also look into trends. For eg.: if you score 450 and then 2 months later you score 700+, I'm gonna ask: did you get a brain transplant?"

So going from 700 to anything lower could marginally diminish the value of your current 700.

Hope it helps. L
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I am totally aware of the "what if".
Let's hope that either I prepare enough to feel confident to retake the exam or I come to a sense to blow away $50 and tp reschedule it for next Summer. hahahah CEO Joined: 17 Jul 2004 Posts: 3281 Followers: 24 Kudos [?]: 457 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 19 Nov 2006, 08:02 I would not worry if your receive a somewhat lower score on your third administration. Serial re-takers are the cause of genuine concern- people who fixate on the GMAT and seem to have an almost pathological need post a higher score at the expense of the rest of their application (or, alternativey, seem like the are trying to game the system by capitalizng on chance). It is hardly unusual for someone to wish to take the test a third time after increasing his/her school on the second administration. Manager Joined: 29 May 2006 Posts: 121 Followers: 2 Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 20 Nov 2006, 09:28 I would not report the scores to any colleges on 2nd attempt until AFTER i get my score, if I were you. This way, if you score higher, great, shell out the money and report the scores, otherwise let the colleges not know that you took another attempt and scored less.. Just my$0.02
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I was thinking exactly samething! HAHA.
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