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I gave the GMAT yesterday and scored an abysmal 610 V28 Q47.
I took verbal online from e-gmat and was preparing for 3-4 months. Last time I tried to study for GMAT was last August but didn't give the paper because my mock scores weren't good. This time my mock scores were 600,710,710,610 in that order. I'm not surprised to see my score except for Quant, which I felt was a lil tougher than expected. I did analyse my mocks but I couldn't figure out ways to improve. I think SC was the only saving grace. I'll order an ESR and check.
Now I still have time till Dec. I want to apply to ISB EEO ( I know with this score it's impossible to get in). I'm also thinking of MiM courses from good schools in Europe. HEC, LBS, LSE, MANEHIM BUSINES SCHOOL, etc. I want to apply for next year and I'm really confused now.
Will it be better if I shift to GRE instead of GMAT since all the schools accept GRE. I'm not sure if I'll be able to get a 320-325 which is equivalent to my target score in GMAT i.e. 700. Or are there decent Schools for MiM programs which don't take either of the 2.
Experts please share some thoughts.
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Hi yashmehta.

I’m sorry to hear how things went with the GMAT. Honestly, I'm not sure that you should you jump ship from the GMAT and move to the GRE. Since your applications are not due until December, you may consider pushing forward with the GMAT, improving your verbal skills and retaking the GMAT.

Also, you could try taking an official GRE mock test to see whether GRE verbal comes more naturally to you than GMAT verbal has.

In any case, it's likely that the reason you didn't hit your GMAT verbal score goal is that what you did to prepare for the verbal section was somehow not effective. So, if you adjust your conception of and the way you train for GMAT verbal, you should experience better results.

With all this said, would you like some general advice on how to improve your GMAT verbal skills?
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New post 21 Aug 2019, 19:24
I agree jumping ship won't guarantee results. But I've tried all that was possible especially for verbal and while attempting questions, I don't face much issues. But during the exam, it just doesn't happen. And now I seem to have given up on it.

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Hi yashmehta27101995,

In early July, you noted that you had scored 570 on a CAT. GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Your recent Official Score (610) is close enough to that prior CAT Score that you essentially performed the same on those 2 Exams (about 590 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. It's also possible that you have gotten 'stuck' at this general score level and you may have developed some 'bad habits' that are keeping you from scoring higher. The fluctuations in your CAT Scores could be due to a variety of factors. Since you were studying as far back as the middle of 2018, had you taken any of those CATs before?

You mentioned possibly purchasing the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

If you are interested in how you would score on the GRE, then you can take a free practice Exam and find out. You can access 2 for free from www.gre.org. Make sure to set aside enough time to take the full Exam in one sitting and let's see how you do. You might find it beneficial to do some vocabulary review before taking that practice test (since the GRE places a much greater emphasis on one's vocabulary knowledge than the GMAT does).

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New post 22 Aug 2019, 03:45
Hi Yash,

I'm sorry to hear that you weren't happy with your score.

However, do note that the score is only one of the inputs you'll need for an admit especially from universities abroad. Generally, in Europe, due to non-native English speakers, scores of 550+ are acceptable.

Perhaps we can look at how your can structure your entire application packet? You can contact me on +91 96000 41927 (via WhatsApp). I can give you a free consultation on your complete application strategy.

I'm an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad and have worked in McKinsey & Company before pivoting to becoming a coach for competitive exams and career counsellor based in Hyderabad.
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