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GMAT Score 550. Should I still bother applying or try again later?

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Hi guys

I got a GMAT score of 550. The schools I intended to apply to are Oxford-Said, NUS and ISB. I was hoping for a 650 or above. Is there a point still applying to these colleges? The second rounds are around mid Nov - Dec. And if I plan to apply this year, I need to write my GMAT/GRE again and apply in the 3rd round. But there is a good chance that I;m burned out and not really in the shape to perform well.
Otherwise, the option would be to reapply another year.
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Not really with that score unless you are one of a kind individual who has a good explanation for scoring 50%th percentile
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Hi tp9320,

I agree with bb; you probably should not apply with that score.

That being said, I don’t think you should give up! Although it’s unlikely that you will raise your GMAT score by 100 points in time for second round deadlines, if you can knock out the GMAT in the next 2 to 3 months, you will be in a great spot for first round next year, you know? Since you are burned out, maybe give yourself a few weeks’ break and then get back on the horse.

If you need some advice on how to create a study plan, feel free to reach back out, and I’d be happy to help. You also may find this article helpful: Developing the Proper Mindset for GMAT Success.

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Hi tp9320,

Raising a 550 to a 650+ will likely require at least another 2 months of consistent, guided study - and you might have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. That having been said, if you're feeling 'burned out' by your prior studies, then you should probably take some 'time off.' It does not have to be that long - the length of your break is up to you - but to earn a Score at that higher level, you will need to be ready to put in the necessary time and effort and learn/practice the proper Tactics. Attempting to train while feeling exhausted would probably hinder your progress.

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:

1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) What were the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for your Official 550?

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