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What would you recommend? [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2006, 22:21
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.

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2006, 13:55
Don't retake without prepping. Sit down and try to get your first essay out of the way, because that's due two days after your retake. Then focus on GMAT prep.

After you retake the test, work on your app for the second school, perfect it as much as possible, and then work on UT Austin.

You can wait until you see your score before sending it, and you can submit an unofficial score on your applications for the first two schools.

But definitely practice!
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2006, 14:15
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 :bouncer2
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2006, 15:09
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?
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Dec 2006, 15:16
Anxiety will get you again if you aren't prepared, regardless of whether you sleep well. So divide your time between taking practice tests and working on your essay.
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