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New post 28 Jul 2018, 05:20
Hi Fellows,
I need your help to make a decision. I have attempted GMAT twice, below is a summary of my scores.
First Attempt (14th May 2018)
Q: 48 / V: 34 / IR: 6 / Essay: 5
Total: 670
Second Attempt (28th July 2018)
Q: 43 / V: 37 / IR: 8 / Essay: NA
Total: 650
Cancelled

For the first exam I prepped for almost 2 months and for the second attempt I worked on Verbal only for almost a month. The second attempt Quants score is a surprise as I was scoring between 44-47 in Kaplan test (took 5 Kaplan tests)

I am planning to apply for MBA session of 2019 for which applications will open in September/October 2018

My Target universities are
First preference: Booth, Kellogg, Ross
Second Preference: Johnson, Anderson, Tepper

A bit about me: I am a 29 years male from Pakistan with a work experience of 6 years in the biggest telecom operator of the country (Jazz its a Subsidiary of NASDAQ: VEON) I have strong career progression (4 promotions in 6 years) Currently I am Manager marketing segments. I also have experience in Business Planning, Strategy & M&A.

So the questions are
1) Should I take GMAT again if i want to get into universities of my preference?
2) If yes! I shall take it in next 30 days, which sources would you recommend for Quants ( e-gmat vs. math revolution)

Currently I am working and have a 60 hours work week but I still can squeeze 1 hour a day on the weekdays and around 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday each (10-12 hours a week)
Share your wisdom please.
Thanks,
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AsadMaq wrote:
Hi Fellows,
I need your help to make a decision. I have attempted GMAT twice, below is a summary of my scores.
First Attempt (14th May 2018)
Q: 48 / V: 34 / IR: 6 / Essay: 5
Total: 670
Second Attempt (28th July 2018)
Q: 43 / V: 37 / IR: 8 / Essay: NA
Total: 650
Cancelled

For the first exam I prepped for almost 2 months and for the second attempt I worked on Verbal only for almost a month. The second attempt Quants score is a surprise as I was scoring between 44-47 in Kaplan test (took 5 Kaplan tests)

I am planning to apply for MBA session of 2019 for which applications will open in September/October 2018

My Target universities are
First preference: Booth, Kellogg, Ross
Second Preference: Johnson, Anderson, Tepper

A bit about me: I am a 29 years male from Pakistan with a work experience of 6 years in the biggest telecom operator of the country (Jazz its a Subsidiary of NASDAQ: VEON) I have strong career progression (4 promotions in 6 years) Currently I am Manager marketing segments. I also have experience in Business Planning, Strategy & M&A.

So the questions are
1) Should I take GMAT again if i want to get into universities of my preference?
2) If yes! I shall take it in next 30 days, which sources would you recommend for Quants ( e-gmat vs. math revolution)

Currently I am working and have a 60 hours work week but I still can squeeze 1 hour a day on the weekdays and around 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday each (10-12 hours a week)
Share your wisdom please.
Thanks,



Hello AsadMaq...... to my understanding although 670 is not an bad score, but the same might be a reach for the mentioned schools.
For quants I am more inclined to GC Club book(pdf)
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AsadMaq wrote:
Hi Fellows,
I need your help to make a decision. I have attempted GMAT twice, below is a summary of my scores.
First Attempt (14th May 2018)
Q: 48 / V: 34 / IR: 6 / Essay: 5
Total: 670
Second Attempt (28th July 2018)
Q: 43 / V: 37 / IR: 8 / Essay: NA
Total: 650
Cancelled

For the first exam I prepped for almost 2 months and for the second attempt I worked on Verbal only for almost a month. The second attempt Quants score is a surprise as I was scoring between 44-47 in Kaplan test (took 5 Kaplan tests)

I am planning to apply for MBA session of 2019 for which applications will open in September/October 2018

My Target universities are
First preference: Booth, Kellogg, Ross
Second Preference: Johnson, Anderson, Tepper

A bit about me: I am a 29 years male from Pakistan with a work experience of 6 years in the biggest telecom operator of the country (Jazz its a Subsidiary of NASDAQ: VEON) I have strong career progression (4 promotions in 6 years) Currently I am Manager marketing segments. I also have experience in Business Planning, Strategy & M&A.

So the questions are
1) Should I take GMAT again if i want to get into universities of my preference?
2) If yes! I shall take it in next 30 days, which sources would you recommend for Quants ( e-gmat vs. math revolution)

Currently I am working and have a 60 hours work week but I still can squeeze 1 hour a day on the weekdays and around 3 hours on Saturday and Sunday each (10-12 hours a week)
Share your wisdom please.
Thanks,

Hi AsadMaq,

I'd recommend that you read through our posts about your top school choices to get a sense of whether or not you should retake the GMAT:


Also, read through our article on whether or not to retake the GMAT:

Based on all of that, I would say that it would probably be a good idea for you to retake the exam.

If you do decide to retake the exam, I recommend reading the following article. You'll want to do things differently to increase your score:


Next, here are some specific suggestions for your practice and preparation. Click on the links to read articles about each topic:


You should also definitely spend some time going back through and reviewing your old practice questions. Make sure to keep an error log throughout, and review it frequently. I want to emphasize that the quality of your studies is much more important than the quantity. Learning from mistakes is key. If it were possible to never make the same mistake twice, you would become an absolute master of the test in a very, very short time. So be sure that you go through the explanation, study very carefully the related concepts, research methods or material you're not comfortable with but are mentioned in the solution, and really analyze the questions.

Make it your goal to understand inside-out every single practice question you do, so that if you see that same question in the future, you know that you will nail it. In fact, if you review a question one day, it's good to go back to it four to five days later to see if you still understand it. Always be checking how much you have retained or how much you can actually remember from what you think you understand. Until you can recall something at any time, without any hints or warm-up, immediately and with complete clarity--until you can recall it like that--you don't really understand it as deeply as you need to. The goal in learning is NOT efficiency but rather thoroughness.

I'd also recommend reading through Mike's list of the habits of excellence, and try to incorporate those as much as possible in your practice!

Hope that helps a bit :-)
-Carolyn
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New post 29 Jul 2018, 23:25
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Hi AsadMaq,

Should you re-take the GMAT?

A good GMAT score would depend on your choice of college and whether you are looking for Scholarships or no. If 670 is the median score for your choice of programs, then you may decide to not take the test again. However, if you are looking at scholarships, you may want to score a 20-30 points above the median score for your choice of programs. I would recommend that you give GMAT one more shot to improve your chances of getting into a program of your choice.

• Rohit Bansal scored a 740 in his fifth attempt which allowed him to secure admits from Kellogg, ISB and interview calls from Tepper as well as UCLA. Click here to watch his amazing video debrief.

• Sidvish shares his experience about scoring 660 in his first attempt with little to no prep. However, he went on to score 740 when he gave the GMAT a second try after a few weeks of dedicated preparation. This led to his admits in both Tuck as well as Booth. Read his detailed debrief here.

• Victor improved from 670 (V31, Q49) to 770 (V44, Q50) and received admits from UNC Kenan Flagler (with fellowship), Michigan Ross (with fellowship), and Wharton. Click here to watch his video de-brief.


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