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GMAT: 610 to 640 , Not pleased, but moving on...

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Status: In search of a magic lamp...
Joined: 02 Feb 2012
Posts: 15
Location: India
GMAT 1: 610 Q45 V29
GMAT 2: 640 Q47 V31
GMAT 3: 700 Q47 V38
WE: Information Technology (Consulting)
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Kudos [?]: 13 [0], given: 5

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New post 10 May 2012, 04:05
Hello Everyone,

On the 5th of April 2012 I gave my 1st GMAT and scored a 610 Q-45 V-29 AWA 5. I wasn’t content with this score mainly for 2 reasons: my prep scores & my GMAT experience. I have been preparing for the test since December 2011.

GMAT materiel used:
Manhattan GMAT SC, GMAT CR & GMAT quant set
OG 12
Aristotle SC grail for Idioms and miscellaneous errors

Practice test scores:
MGMAT 1:- 540 Q-37 V-28
MGMAT 2:- 610 Q-46 V-29
MGMAT 3:- 640 Q-44 V-34
GMAT Prep: - 650 Q-49 V-29-----------Old version
MGMAT 4:- 640 Q-46 V-32
GMAT Prep: - 650 Q-47 V-34
GMAT Prep:- 670 Q-48 V35
All tests were strictly timed & with AWA.

The experience:-
AWA was a breeze, I wrote 5 paragraphs each with 5-6 sentences for both the essays.
Quant was good as usual, got 2 probability questions, 2-3 overlapping set questions etc. I’m not really sure where I lost it, but I did get a few nightmare geometry questions (3D cone etc) of which I had to guess 1. Overall it was ok and I expected around 47-49. My timing was spot on; I used the following strategy

Every 10 minutes I had to solve 5 questions

Verbal was better than I expected. Based on my practice test experience I was expecting a minimum of 34. The RC’s went well and was sure of all the questions, On SC’s I was able to split the answer choices and was sure on at least 10 questions and CR’s were pretty decent. My timing was spot on again, I used the following strategy

75min – Start: 57min – 10 questions: 39min – 20 questions: 21min – 30 questions: 3min – 1 question

Irrespective of the above timing when I got an RC, 3 minutes for the passage and 1.5 minutes for each question.

Once I was done, I was confident of getting a 650. Although that is nearly the highest I have got in my practice test, after each test I reviewed my mistakes for almost a day and learnt a lot from them every time. When the score popped up, I was shocked to see 610 Q-45 V-29. Both Quant & Verbal were way below my expectation. There was nothing I could do at that moment, it was the past and I had to move on.

I was not sure whether to apply with this score and posted a thread


My re-take was on the 10th of May & I had worked on GC math tests and the GMAT practice set which I had bought for 24$. AWA was a breeze again, Quant was better than last time but I did not get the monster like questions which I did on my first attempt. Verbal was awkward, every question i got this feeling that i have come across this before... You might think its a good thing, but its not... cause the question was different and my mind was answering from my memory.

Based on my previous experience, I was expecting the quant to go to 42!!! And verbal a 34… but this is how GMAT rated my test
640 Q-47 V-31

I’m pretty much ok with this score, as I believe if I write the GMAT 10 times, my lowest would be a 610 & highest would be a 680. I wish I had more time, but this is how my GMAT stacks up and I’m not going in for another try.

I plan to apply to Tepper, McCombs & NUS. I know my score are on the lower side and being an Indian IT category I don’t stand a good chance, but I am not the typical IT software code writer. I work in a production environment, never been on bench 8-) , speak with customers directly and am pretty confident I can make my application stand out. Provided the schools take a look at what I write… :)

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Joined: 08 May 2012
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GMAT 1: 620 Q42 V34
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New post 10 May 2012, 09:41
Good luck on the application process! I am interested in two of those scores and would love to hear an update when the time comes.
Re: GMAT: 610 to 640 , Not pleased, but moving on...   [#permalink] 10 May 2012, 09:41
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