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# Evaluating a 3rd retake...

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13 Sep 2006, 05:24
Late March 06 GMAT 42Q,38V for 650
9/11/06 GMAT 39Q,44V for 680

Last few practice tests GMATprep 45Q,46V for 730 and Thompson/Peterson 730

Considerations... My mind is currently blown from study and I think that effected my negative performance the other day. However I haven't gotten anything less than a 94 percentile and generally scored 99th percentile on verbal leading up to the test. I don't see myself going down in this area. Had I even scored 42Q I would have scored over a 700 provided my verbal was within expected ranges.

I took Powerscore weekend course prior to first GMAT and Veritas prior to second. The Veritas quant didn't really help me. I agumented this with Manhatten books and I feel like I do understand number theory, consecutive integers, and a few other things better than in March. I have the opportunity to take the Powerscore course again, as you can retake that for free anytime within 12 months.

My thought... Take the Powerscore course again Sept 30-Oct 1. From there just do solid GMAT prep for practice. Work on timing. I didn't really have sufficent time for the last 7 questions, despite confidently finishing on time during my practice exams. Basically I see myself doing well with verbal again... quant is my only concern and even very minor improvement would likely push me over 700.

So what do you guys think of a third retake?
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13 Sep 2006, 06:03
Didn't you say you were going to do some of the challenges? If so were they helpful? I am thinking of purchasing them.

Have you tried the Kaplan GMAT/GRE math workbook? I thought that book was great!
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13 Sep 2006, 06:23
Didn't do them... prehaps this is part of my problem??
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13 Sep 2006, 13:31
Please let me know if you try the gmatclub challenges. I would like some objective input on them. Plus I think we are close in skill in quant so if you improve a lot from them I would probably find them valuable.

By the way I found the Kaplan math material to be very good. Have you reviewed that material?
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13 Sep 2006, 16:15
I thought Kaplan 800 was decent, but I think that the level of difficulty of their math questions is a little over rated by some here. Manhattan GMAT books do a nice job of really showing you how to do problems if you dont know how to do a particular type of question. They also have great number theory and consecutive integer stuff. But could someone tell me how they feel about a 3rd retake?
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14 Sep 2006, 06:22
Without knowing your complete profile it would be difficult to predict how much a higher score would affect your chances at getting admitted to the school of your choice. I will say that given your current abilities and 30+ days of potential prep time you should be able to crack 700.

The question you have to ask yourself is will the 700 really help your application more than focusing on the essays, interviews, etc. will?
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14 Sep 2006, 06:58
I am a very good writer and I can make a compelling case... I think that I would have a great time writing the essays. Thats no issue at all. My only concern is my quant score applying for MBA fiance programs. I hope passing CFA Level 1 would blunt some concern on the part of any programs, but I am still concerned.
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14 Sep 2006, 07:43
Most programs SHOULD want someone like you as they should want to balance the quant guys with the qualitative guys. I'll take a diverse school over a school full of engineers and techies any day.

I really believe the GMAT is used purely for rankings. Each school decides what they want/can get away with/can live with and still be a highly ranked school. I know a ton of people who scored in the 900-1000 range on the SAT that finished with much higher GPA's than people with 1400+ SAT scores so I don't buy into the predictor for academic success mumbo jumbo. They want to say "our students avg X score on the GMAT" so US News ranks them in the top 20 or what have you.

If you have compelling parts of your profile that make you stand out, GMAT scores become less important.

I could go on forever on these theories but that would be boring and potentially scandalous.
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14 Sep 2006, 07:50
Well I did get a 1420 on the SAT... but more balanced 700 math 720 verbal
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14 Sep 2006, 07:52
But yes... I completely agree who wants a school that is 100% engineers... (no-offense engineers).
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14 Sep 2006, 08:25
Yeah no offense to engineers and techies but I definitely would prefer a balance.

Back to the subject at hand, the GMAT. When are you thinking of taking the GMAT again? I think we are at the same level as far as quant goes, perhaps we can check in here and let each other in on what is working/not working? I am working the official guide workbooks as well as reviewing some of my trouble problems in the Kaplan guides. Next up is the gmatclub stuff. What are you working on?
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14 Sep 2006, 09:12
I think the OG problems are rather on the easy side. I'll probably do the GMATclub stuff. Mostly I am just going to do GMATprep a billion times. Already know "how to do" most problems, it is just the implementation I am concerned with at this point. 41-45Q is more my current range. If I got a 45Q next time I would be thrilled as I see another 44+ V in the cards.
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