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# 660 (Q49, V32) 2nd attempt

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Joined: 12 Feb 2017
Posts: 3
Schools: Sloan '20, CBS '20
GMAT 1: 620 Q47 V28
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25 Aug 2017, 04:26
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Hi everyone,

Yesterday I had 2nd attempt to pass gmat with 700's score. As you may see, i was close, but not enough.

I started to prepare around end of Feb, however all the preparation during the spring was almost a waste of time: a had crazy time at work trying to close a deal, a got pneumonia for 3 weeks, and finally in May I got second baby. So since May I do not remember a sleep full night, or day and definitely a good sleep, at least sometimes, is an important component of a preparation.

My first try was 19th of July, and I had to fly to a different place to take the exam. The result was frustrating 620 Q47, V28, since my most recent gmatprep scores were 700+, so I decided to work more on Verbal and retake it within a month. I bought MGMAT Verbal books, studied them thoroughly for a month, worked a lot on practice questions from different bundles on forum, BUT... the outcome is a bit disappointing again.

At the test day, I woke up as usual, had breakfast, and warmed up a bit with math and verbal exercises. I took verbal first, and thought that I perform quite well during the test, however I made a huge mistake at the last question - I did not have time to submit the answer after I picked one. I am not sure if I was penalized for this. Math test was super easy, i had most questions on number properties, medians, 2 on overlapping sets, only 1 (very easy) on probability. By the last question, I had 6-7 minutes. Therefore, I thought that my math score would be quite poor, and I relied mostly on my verbal for a good total score.

I was actually surprised to see the final screen with Q49 V32... I never had Q49 at mock test (I think that @Bunnel signature collection really helped me), however V32 is a way below my mock average V36, and below my top V41. For the second time I have not seen any familiar verbal question during the exam, and that's probably the reason I failed again in verbal section.

Dear all, I would like to ask you for advice, if I should try one more time.

Few words about myself: I am male, from Russia, with a wife and 2 lovely boys (3 years, 3 months), over 8 years of experience (finance, risks, M&A in different companies), out of this 6 months working abroad. My undergrad GPA is 3.37 (out of 4) from top Russian school and masters GPA is 3.8 from the same school. My extracurricular activities include managing a US-Russian student organization for 2 years while being a student, and now I am board member of local Jewish community.

My target schools are Columbia and MIT, and their average gmat score is c. 710-720. I plan to apply for Columbia ED and R1 MIT, which leaves me with only a month to prepare the essays and all other stuff.

My thinking is the following: I am not sure if I can get again Q49 (and I assume that Quant score is more important for these schools) and enough increase in Verbal to offset a potential drop of my Quant result. I plan to explain to Adcom the difficulties of GMAT preparation with a newborn, and ask them to give me a year to study English at the needed level. (also I take TOEFL soon, and I hope that AWA score may also show that I know somehow the language)

So, having said that, what would be your suggestions? retake or focus on application, which may compensate poor verbal score, or you think that Q49 is not that good actually for these schools?

Best,
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Joined: 17 Feb 2017
Posts: 77
Location: India
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40
GPA: 3.69
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03 Sep 2017, 14:21
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You are exactly in the same position as me i had a q50 v27 640 . I was getting 700+ in all my mocks and it was anxiety and test day pressure that ruined verbal. My first attempt was a 540 but that was because i was sick . I had a 700 in my gmatprep within a week of prep still got a 540 followed by a 640. First failure was due to fever and stress the second only due to stress. Third attempt i did something different. my mock were 700 before the first and second attempt q 49-50 v34-37 was my range. Now this range is very bad for verbal because a q49-50 is solid and at that level you won't fail and reach say a 44-45 and you have a lot of confidence. I did the same with verbal i worked hard and got my level to v40-44 so that even verbal become easy like math i ignored math altogether. Third attempt i got a 720 v40 q49 that too with 4 guesses in the end in verbal due to time constrain. My stress was a little less since i already had a 640 it was something and my level or potential was of 750 so got a 720. So that is my answer to you improve so much that even if you stress out or have a bad day you will get 700+
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Joined: 12 Feb 2017
Posts: 3
Schools: Sloan '20, CBS '20
GMAT 1: 620 Q47 V28
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04 Sep 2017, 02:06
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@premprabhs111 what did you do to improve your verbal? I got lost now, don't have an idea how to go forward.

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Posts: 77
Location: India
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40
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04 Sep 2017, 07:40
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