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# Didnâ€™t do well: 640 Q (47) V (32)

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09 Apr 2006, 09:00
I was expecting more in the range of 680, ended up with 640.
Didnâ€™t manage time efficiently, as a result had to guess 2 in Quant and about 4-5 in Verbal.

I got to know about this forum a month ago. All the information on this forum was/is very helpful. I would like to thank all the contributors (I am one of those guilty ones who didnâ€™t contribute).

I was targeting part time MBA. Since I worked on weekdays, I mostly studied over the weekends. I studied for about 2-2.5 months - on Sat/Sun basis. Though tried to brush and refresh my skills during weekdays by solving about 20-25 problems.

Study Material: OG11, Browsed through Princeton and Kaplan

Practice tests:
Kaplan: 550,570,550
GmatPrep: 630,680
Power prep: 710 (5-7 repeat OG problems)

Well-while practicing I never guessed any problem until and unless I was falling short on time. Whenever I had to guess verbal problems (because of time trouble) I always got them wrong, the only exception being the 710 score (I got some of them correct).
My philosophy was either you know how to solve or you donâ€™t. If you donâ€™t then you need to work on your weakness. Having said that I worked on my weakness SC-Idioms, I was under the impression that I was getting better and better, apparently I did not.

While practicing, my heart was telling me > 700, while my brain was telling me 650-680.

Quant was always my strong point, hence I am bit disappointed with my score. I wanted to score above 50 (o-well probably chasing a dream). But I was very consistent with my quant score, I was scoring 49 right through out the practice tests.
Verbal was my weak point, but I was expecting atleast 35 or more. Believe it or not RC was my strength, while practicing (tests) I was scoring on an average 11/13 correct. CR was in between while the SC was pathetic â€“to be precise I was good with all other variations except idioms. Always had problems with Idioms.

Test day:
Arrived early, started the test early. Started with AWA and then moved on to Quant. Apparently fell short on time in Quant. During my practice test I used to finish Quant with 2 minutes to spare. Didnâ€™t face any probability or any tough problems.
I think it took some time for my brain to get upto the speed. The erasable notepad was ok except for my hand (marker ink!!).
Verbal started well, and felt that I was doing good but in the middle part starting falling behind the asking rate. Had to solve 8 problems in 10 mins. Hence I had to guess about 4-5 very quickly. Faced 4 RC, few CR and lots of SC. I guess the test figured out that SC was my weakness.

Looking back, those 2 quant problems and 4-5 verbal problems (which I had to guess) made all the difference.

I donâ€™t know if this score -640 is good enough for part time MBA at Kellogâ€™s or UIC.

Guys need your help; I would like to know if this score is good enough for applying part time at Kellogâ€™s or UIC. Is there any forum that discusses this issue? Your feedback will be greatly appreciated.

On a side note: the force was not with meâ€¦or â€¦I didnâ€™t use the force correctly.

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09 Apr 2006, 09:42
You mean Chicago GSB, not UIC right? If not you should have no problem getting into UIC. With a 640, I'd say you still have a shot at the Kellogg and Chicago GSB part-time programs.

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09 Apr 2006, 16:01
Yes, I meant GSB-part time.

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11 Apr 2006, 06:35
Darth,

I took it recently and also did 640. Also targetin GSB and KGSM part time.

I have several friends who have been to (or are in) GSB or KGSM.

One got a 610, KGSM part time.
One got a 720, KGSM part time.
One got a 780, not accepted to KGSM. Ended up at GSB.
One got a 550, KGSM full time, but applied twice.

Moral of the story: The GMAT truly is just once piece of the app. I believe a 640 is a reasonable score for either school.

That being said, I am trying again in 8 days!

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11 Apr 2006, 07:55
Yes, I meant GSB-part time.

I don't think u shud have any issues with PT Kellogg and GSB. PT programs usually accept 2/3 of applicants. So I wud focus on the rest of the app and not on a GMAT retake.

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13 Apr 2006, 19:50
Thanks Rhyme ( good luck for your exams) and Banerjeea

I have got the same feedback from some of my colleagues.

So I am going to go ahead and apply.

I got my official score today, I was delighted by the AWA score of 6.0/6.0

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