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From 640 (GMAT) to a 330 (GRE)

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Dear Fellow GMAT Club member:

This is a bit off topic but I really wanted to post this here to talk about my journey and how I overcame the whole B-School Test thing.

So last September I gave my GMAT and scored a 640 (Q48, V28). I was not at all happy with the score. I had studied for nearly 6 months and pretty much exhausted all available OG resources. My mock scores ranged between 680-770 and 640 was a bummer.

After the test, I wasn't sure how to approach the GMAT now and retake it. So I took a break for a month and then started making a plan as to where to start from. An idea crossed my mind that maybe I should take the GRE. I got hands on one of the official mock and gave it. Ended up getting a 167/170 on quant and 150/170 on the verbal. This is equivalent to 650. When I reviewed the exam I realized that I was only struggling with vocabulary. In GMAT also the issue I was facing was with SC and was pretty good with CR and RC. I realized that since I have been doing a lot of rot learning in school, cramming 1500 vocab words woudn't be a problem and then using it with logic is something I can definitely do . Plus my Quant concepts were already strong, so all I had to focus on was understanding quant pattern on GRE.

Long story short, after 14 mocks, 2 months of prep, I scored a 330 (170/170 Q 160/170 V) which is equivalent to 750 on GMAT and a happy man I was :)

I wanted to share this story because throughout this journey I learned the following:

- It is okay to re-start

- Focus on your strengths: So i read a lot of articles on GRE vs GMAT Debate. One of the article mentioned that, you should take exam with which you feel more comfortable in regards to test pattern and content. Though cramming is something not everyone can do, it was my strength and I used it to my advantage. Similarly I was more comfortable with geometry and arithmetic compared to combinatorics and I felt that GRE tests more of the former.

- Don't give up: my journey of prep for GRE wasn't an easy one either, I gave 14 mocks, went through all official material, solved lot of questions. But you got to push it.

- GRE/GMAT is just the beginning: The grind doesn't stop, you keep pushing.

If anyone would like to get more information on prep material for GRE, I do be happy to answer in the thread.

Cheers!
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New post 06 Aug 2019, 01:52
Hey bro congratulations on the achievement. Is GRE score as good for applying for MBA programs? What free mocks can you suggest for start? I am in the same GMAT 640 boat...if possible can you share you PM on 9949106098 want to get some opinions about GRE.

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Hey,

There are two free mock exams on ETS website.

You can WhatsApp me. I will DM you my number.


https://poetsandquants.com/2019/03/17/a ... chool-news

This is a good article to give you idea about the acceptance of GRE.

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New post 06 Aug 2019, 02:18
Thanks bro. Please ping me on WhatsApp will take it forward from there on.

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helas92, Congrats for the great score. Lately, I have been thinking of doing the same. I have few queries on giving GRE. Can I contact you please PM:9002286922
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Hi ThisIsWater,

Many Business Schools accept both the GMAT and GRE as part of the application process. Before you switch over to the GRE though, you should make sure that the specific Programs that YOU want to apply to currently accept both Exam Scores (since it would be a shame to find out too late that one of your preferred Programs would only accept the GMAT).

In addition, you might be closer to your GMAT Score Goal than you realize, so switching Exams at this point might actually be counter-productive. Before I can offer you any advice for studies (regardless of the Exam that you're interested in), it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:
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Thanks for posting your debrief! Sorry I have missed it when you posted it back in Aug and I see you have already got some admits. Congratulations!!!
I have seen a few folks switch and successfully get in with GRE! We even have a GRE Prep Club! :-)
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