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# 710 first try - going for 750+ end of this month

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05 Feb 2007, 16:40
I got a 710 (5.5 AWA) on my first try back in May 06. While this was a respectable score, I feel that it is not an accurate depiction of my Gmat abilities for these reasons:
1) I didn't feel so good physically, maybe psychosomatic.
2) I drank an energy drink during the 1st break that I was completely not used to. I couldn't think after that.
3) The scratch pad really messed me up.
4) I put too much effort into the AWA.

I felt that the above 4 factors cost me at least 20 pts. In addition to addressing these (bought a scratch pad), I've put in additional studying. I am thinking about purchasing the Challenges as well.

I really appreciate the existence of Gmatclub. It's too bad I didn't use it before my first attempt. I want to urge everyone to keep up the great work, and I will give you an update when I get my second score!

Will

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05 Feb 2007, 17:56
If it is enough for your target school, it is a waste of effort for you to improve on this score again. And you'll take the risk of even scoring the same or less, making it look not very good.

You should consider spending the effort and money elsewhere.

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06 Feb 2007, 02:09
What is your target school? Is a higher GMAT really necessary or you're going through with it again just to see that you can get a higher score?

The next time might be just the same, or even worse. But, if you're sure about this, then I wish all the best...

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06 Feb 2007, 07:18
tennis_ball wrote:
If it is enough for your target school, it is a waste of effort for you to improve on this score again. And you'll take the risk of even scoring the same or less, making it look not very good.

You should consider spending the effort and money elsewhere.

710 is within range for any school.

I think, who knows I may change my mind later, I will retake the GMAT sometime next spring/summer (after bschool app process). I will give myself about a month to prepare and aim for 760+, for employment purposes.

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05 Mar 2007, 12:26
tennis_ball wrote:
And you'll take the risk of even scoring the same or less, making it look not very good.

I know the risks, but I still took them:
http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=42852

This is encouragement for all those who want to do it for either self satisfaction and/or employment purposes.

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05 Mar 2007, 12:26
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