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I'm in the process of prepping my essays and applications for three schools...Wash U(due Jan 8), Vanderbilt(due Jan 15), and UT-Austin(rolling).
My GMAT score was a 620, which is near the median for both Wash U and Vanderbilt. Although, it is about 50 points under the median for UT-Austin, my top choice (still in the 80% range).
I'm registered to re-take the GMAT again on Jan 6, but I haven't had a whole lot of time to prepare. Should I spend more time studying and retaking the GMAT? Or, should I devote more time to perfecting my essays? Should I retake the GMAT w/o much prep? I only got a 31 on the verbal and I bet I can get this score up with a little more prep.
Probably not a great idea to take the test without additional study unless you feel something went wrong with the first attempt. I retook the test as a speculative punt without doing (hardly) any extra study, but several factors conspired to make my first attempt a disaster - so I thought it was worth a try. My score improved drastically, merely from being more composed and less stressed, but of course your mileage may vary
Well, I didn't sleep well the day before last time and did not get to bed early enough. My thinking abilites were greatly affected, esp during reading comp and critical reasoning. I thought gettting some better rest the night before could help my chances, but test anxiety could prove to be a stronger force once again.
My essays for both UT and Wash U are pretty much completed. I just wanted the additional time for perfecting them and working on my apps.
I guess my main question is whether a 20-30 point increase on my GMAT score looks better than a highly crafted essay? Any thoughts?