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OK, so I took my GMAT today, got an 8 on the IR, a 41 on verbal (had been averaging 47-48 on prac exams) and then got a 39 on quant (had been around 46 on prac exams). Averaged out to a 670 final score, about 80 lower than my average on pracs. So I'm pretty much inconsolable right now. Still, I need advice. Now let's say I take the exam again and do better on quant, say a 45 even. How does this look to B schools? Are they going to basically say "well he bombed the first time, so he probably got lucky the 2nd time"? Everything I'm reading online is pretty much saying if you don't get to the 80th percentile in both sections you're pretty much screwed.
I can't leave the Boston area, and I have to start this coming year, or it's going to be too late for 'life' reasons. So this is my one shot. I'm feeling like I might have blown it today, but hoping there's something I can do to salvage this. I never worked in the financial field, so I can't lean on that, and my transcripts aren't heavy on math/science, so I can't lean on that either. I was hoping to do well on quant to show that I can do the math/abstract reasoning. For what it's worth I was extremely adept in math/abstract logic in school, so it's not an issue of skill. Which makes this suck even more; I was doing the math you see in quant, literally in 6th grade. Alright I'm starting to ramble, and I'm just getting upset again so I'm going to stop, I hope someone can offer some advice here.
For reference I'm applying to HBS, Sloan, BC, BU, and Northeastern.
I'm sorry to hear that the test did not go as well as you hoped, even though 670 is still a very good score. If you believe that you will do better on a second attempt, then I would definitely take it again. It is not uncommon at all for people to take the GMAT multiple times, and no school will think that you got "lucky" for scoring higher on the quant the second go round. In fact, it is much easier to get "unlucky" than "lucky" on the GMAT, given how the CAT algorithm works. The test is designed to find you out, so to speak, if you are faking that you are better than you are by spending a long time on the earlier questions. It is not designed as well, however, to help you not do worse than your potential, whether that be to nerves, fatigue, silly mistakes, etc.
Long story short, take it again. If you were scoring that much higher in the practice tests, you should be able to do better on your second attempt.
Thank you! That does help a lot. I also called the schools I'm applying to. Most of them only look at high scores on each section, and one only looks at highest cumulative score, without looking at subsections. I'm confident I can do better on Verbal, I just happened to hit the hardest batch of questions I ever saw on that section.
I feel that I should do better on the quant...I somehow managed to go 2 minutes over on my break before so I panicked on the first few questions and probably got all of them wrong trying to rush and catch up on time. I don't know how many points that cost me. I just don't know what to study now; I feel like I get 80% of the DS questions wrong because I always miss some obscure formula that uses the information given in one of the options.
Re: BOMBED quant today...need advice.
08 Nov 2013, 10:07