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# GMAT retake/ study suggestions

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26 Dec 2017, 03:28
Dear friends/experts,

I took my first exam on 18th October and got 620 (Q 46/V29) with a couple of months of preparation. I studied again until I took it again on 22nd Dec and I got 650 (Q47/V33) this time . Not much improvement unfortunately. I'm self studying.I have been using Manhattan books and the official guide .I also used Veritas and Manhattan CAT exams.(I was receiving lower scores from these CAT exams than what I got from the real test) I am considering taking GMAT again in a month. I would be very happy to get 700. May be it doesn't look possible for me to reach this score within this time frame considering the little improvement I got on my second attempt, but I still want to try.So I would love to hear your thoughts about how to structure my studies in the most effective way ; I would also love to hear any resources you might suggest. These would help me to make the best of this month to raise my score further as much as I can.

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26 Dec 2017, 09:27
Hi deucebigalow,

First off, a 650/Q47 is a strong score (it's right around the 80th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

That having been said, you're closer to a 700+ than you probably realize, but you'll have to make some fundamental changes to how you 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT to get to that score level. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your 2 Official Scores show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 640 +/- a few points), which means that "your way" of handling the GMAT will likely continue to earn you a score at this general level.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How long have you studied?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
4) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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