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Need Honest Opinions - 670 on the GMAT !!!

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 09:55
Hello,

I gave my 3rd attempt today. The snapshot of the 3 attempts can be seen below :

1. 09-01-2016 - 610 [Q49, V24]
2. 30-04-2016 - 600 [Q47, V26]
3. 09-09-2017 - 670 [Q49, V33]

Following are my last 4 mock scores :

Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 3 - 740 [Q50, V41]
Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 4 - 660 [Q49, V31]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 5 - 610 [Q45, V28]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 6 - 650 [Q49, V30]

The score of 740 might raise some eyebrows, but the only difference in this mock was that I got 12/13 RC questions right.

When I look at the scores of my previous attempts and the last 4 mocks, I should be pretty content with my latest exam scores. However, I am a bit disappointed as I was targeting above 700. But may be I was expecting too much for the big day.

I have been preparing on and off for the exam for almost 2 years now. Not consistently though, as different events in life kept me swaying away from dedicated preparation. I am an Indian I.T professional and I need your honest opinions on what I can expect from these scores? I'll complete 6 years of work experience in October this year. I am currently at client location (U.K) and will complete 2 years of international work experience in Feb next year. I have received several awards during my work tenure.

I do not have anything extra ordinary to talk here about my extra curricular activities. I am a very optimistic person, but I do not feel like putting more efforts for another attempt. I do not know where this score can take me to, but I feel like missing on a lot more things just because of GMAT prep. Last 3 months have been very hectic for me. I have been working for more than 12 hours and preparing in the remaining time. I have to work on most weekends too, so don't get much time.

Verbal has always been a blocker for me. I think I have pretty decent spoken and written English, but somehow I falter in GMAT. I have improved my SC immensely, but my CR and RC have been pretty stagnant. It could be because I was never an avid reader, I have hardly read any books and do not do much reading. I want to improve my reasoning and reading skills, but not for the exam, but rather just as a skill to possess.

I would have loved to study in the U.K, but the VISA rules are not very friendly. I will like to target Canadian, Australian and some European schools. A major criterion is the work permit and chances of permanent residence. I would not want to go back just after finishing my studies, instead, will like to stay and work for few years.

I have CGPA of 8.23 and TOEFL score of 98. I have scheduled the TOEFL exam in two weeks to better my score and cross 100. Please give your honest opinions and any harsh criticism is more than welcome.

PS : Do not use this post as an exercise for SC :grin: . I am very tired and putting all efforts to write this post and seek your opinions.

Thanks. :-)

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670 is not a bad score at all. Yes everyone wants a 700 but even gmac says that a person can get + or - 30 than your true potential. You have great work ex and some international experience too. From what i have heard european and canadian schools are not very stringent on gmat. You could try schools like hec , lbs, i.e, essec etc. Canada is also a good option. Work on your application lor and interviews and you will be fine

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New post 09 Sep 2017, 10:16
TheMystic wrote:
Hello,

I gave my 3rd attempt today. The snapshot of the 3 attempts can be seen below :

1. 09-01-2016 - 610 [Q49, V24]
2. 30-04-2016 - 600 [Q47, V26]
3. 09-09-2017 - 670 [Q49, V33]

Following are my last 4 mock scores :

Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 3 - 740 [Q50, V41]
Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 4 - 660 [Q49, V31]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 5 - 610 [Q45, V28]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 6 - 650 [Q49, V30]

The score of 740 might raise some eyebrows, but the only difference in this mock was that I got 12/13 RC questions right.

When I look at the scores of my previous attempts and the last 4 mocks, I should be pretty content with my latest exam scores. However, I am a bit disappointed as I was targeting above 700. But may be I was expecting too much for the big day.

I have been preparing on and off for the exam for almost 2 years now. Not consistently though, as different events in life kept me swaying away from dedicated preparation. I am an Indian I.T professional and I need your honest opinions on what I can expect from these scores? I'll complete 6 years of work experience in October this year. I am currently at client location (U.K) and will complete 2 years of international work experience in Feb next year. I have received several awards during my work tenure.

I do not have anything extra ordinary to talk here about my extra curricular activities. I am a very optimistic person, but I do not feel like putting more efforts for another attempt. I do not know where this score can take me to, but I feel like missing on a lot more things just because of GMAT prep. Last 3 months have been very hectic for me. I have been working for more than 12 hours and preparing in the remaining time. I have to work on most weekends too, so don't get much time.

Verbal has always been a blocker for me. I think I have pretty decent spoken and written English, but somehow I falter in GMAT. I have improved my SC immensely, but my CR and RC have been pretty stagnant. It could be because I was never an avid reader, I have hardly read any books and do not do much reading. I want to improve my reasoning and reading skills, but not for the exam, but rather just as a skill to possess.

I would have loved to study in the U.K, but the VISA rules are not very friendly. I will like to target Canadian, Australian and some European schools. A major criterion is the work permit and chances of permanent residence. I would not want to go back just after finishing my studies, instead, will like to stay and work for few years.

I have CGPA of 8.23 and TOEFL score of 98. I have scheduled the TOEFL exam in two weeks to better my score and cross 100. Please give your honest opinions and any harsh criticism is more than welcome.

PS : Do not use this post as an exercise for SC :grin: . I am very tired and putting all efforts to write this post and seek your opinions.

Thanks. :-)

Dear, i think You should take last and final attempt in next 20 days..

I am not expert but my journey is almost same as yours..

If possible take a break from office and give a final shot.


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New post 09 Sep 2017, 16:01
premprabhs111 wrote:
670 is not a bad score at all. Yes everyone wants a 700 but even gmac says that a person can get + or - 30 than your true potential. You have great work ex and some international experience too. From what i have heard european and canadian schools are not very stringent on gmat. You could try schools like hec , lbs, i.e, essec etc. Canada is also a good option. Work on your application lor and interviews and you will be fine


Thanks for your inputs! :)

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TheMystic wrote:
1. 09-01-2016 - 610 [Q49, V24]
2. 30-04-2016 - 600 [Q47, V26]
3. 09-09-2017 - 670 [Q49, V33]

Following are my last 4 mock scores :

Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 3 - 740 [Q50, V41]
Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 4 - 660 [Q49, V31]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 5 - 610 [Q45, V28]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 6 - 650 [Q49, V30]

The score of 740 might raise some eyebrows, but the only difference in this mock was that I got 12/13 RC questions right.

When I look at the scores of my previous attempts and the last 4 mocks, I should be pretty content with my latest exam scores. However, I am a bit disappointed as I was targeting above 700. But may be I was expecting too much for the big day.
I'd normally say that 670 is a good score, and that you should go ahead and apply with it. But... that 740! Were the questions in that test fresh, or had you already seen some of them? I'm asking because it's just not possible to luck into a 740, or into a 41(!) in verbal. And if that's a "genuine" score, you are very much capable of getting a 740 on the actual exam. Of course, whether you should spend more time and money chasing that score is another matter altogether.
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AjiteshArun wrote:
TheMystic wrote:
1. 09-01-2016 - 610 [Q49, V24]
2. 30-04-2016 - 600 [Q47, V26]
3. 09-09-2017 - 670 [Q49, V33]

Following are my last 4 mock scores :

Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 3 - 740 [Q50, V41]
Exam Pack 1 - GMAT Prep 4 - 660 [Q49, V31]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 5 - 610 [Q45, V28]
Exam Pack 2 - GMAT Prep 6 - 650 [Q49, V30]

The score of 740 might raise some eyebrows, but the only difference in this mock was that I got 12/13 RC questions right.

When I look at the scores of my previous attempts and the last 4 mocks, I should be pretty content with my latest exam scores. However, I am a bit disappointed as I was targeting above 700. But may be I was expecting too much for the big day.
I'd normally say that 670 is a good score, and that you should go ahead and apply with it. But... that 740! Were the questions in that test fresh, or had you already seen some of them? I'm asking because it's just not possible to luck into a 740, or into a 41(!) in verbal. And if that's a "genuine" score, you are very much capable of getting a 740 on the actual exam. Of course, whether you should spend more time and money chasing that score is another matter altogether.


Thank you sir for your response :). I gave that exam for the first time and the RC passages seemed simple to me, which is rarely the case most of the times. The break up of V41 in that test was SC - 12/17, CR - 5/11 and RC - 12/13. When I compare these scores with those of other mocks, the major difference was in RC. In other mocks I score higher in SC and CR, but RC was not this good. In few mocks I got same number of questions right, but still got a very low score. For example I got V31 with 8 questions wrong.

I heard that the accuracy is not the only factor, but the more I try to understand the algorithm, the more I get confused. I am very confident in SC. I take more time in RC and CR, because my reading skills are not that good. I end up re-reading multiple times.

Also on the exam day, I saw 3 BF questions. All of them equally spaced out, the third last question was a very tough BF and due to lack of time and tiring out, I had to make an educated guess and move on. I read at different forums that seeing a BF question is a good indicator. May be I missed the opportunity by getting them wrong.

I do not want to give up, but I also want to focus on other aspects such as working on my applications. I am willing to apply within the first deadline. The biggest problem is that I am client location and loaded with many responsibilities, it is even difficult for me to get time to appear for the exam. If I were to have 2-3 months of time with normal office work, I would have given another shot.

Also, I do not aspire to be in the top most school or end up in a very high paid job. My intention is to go to a decent college, learn new skills and just not pressurize myself to just study and aspire to get a high paid job. I want to earn a decent salary, work for max 7-8 hours a day and focus on other aspects of life such as sports, outdoor activities, spending time with family, doing some social work etc.

This all might sound lame, but that is what I expect from life. :)

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Thank you sir for your response :). I gave that exam for the first time and the RC passages seemed simple to me, which is rarely the case most of the times. The break up of V41 in that test was SC - 12/17, CR - 5/11 and RC - 12/13. When I compare these scores with those of other mocks, the major difference was in RC. In other mocks I score higher in SC and CR, but RC was not this good. In few mocks I got same number of questions right, but still got a very low score. For example I got V31 with 8 questions wrong.

I heard that the accuracy is not the only factor, but the more I try to understand the algorithm, the more I get confused. I am very confident in SC. I take more time in RC and CR, because my reading skills are not that good. I end up re-reading multiple times.

Also on the exam day, I saw 3 BF questions. All of them equally spaced out, the third last question was a very tough BF and due to lack of time and tiring out, I had to make an educated guess and move on. I read at different forums that seeing a BF question is a good indicator. May be I missed the opportunity by getting them wrong.

I do not want to give up, but I also want to focus on other aspects such as working on my applications. I am willing to apply within the first deadline. The biggest problem is that I am client location and loaded with many responsibilities, it is even difficult for me to get time to appear for the exam. If I were to have 2-3 months of time with normal office work, I would have given another shot.

Also, I do not aspire to be in the top most school or end up in a very high paid job. My intention is to go to a decent college, learn new skills and just not pressurize myself to just study and aspire to get a high paid job. I want to earn a decent salary, work for max 7-8 hours a day and focus on other aspects of life such as sports, outdoor activities, spending time with family, doing some social work etc.

This all might sound lame, but that is what I expect from life. :)
That's perfectly understandable. The GMAT is just one part of what you have to give schools and the rest of your application deserves your best. As for your exam, don't worry about the boldface questions. There are easy, medium, and hard boldface questions, and the GMAT exam doesn't treat them any differently.

If you somehow manage to get more time, take another look at the possibility of taking the exam again. Otherwise, a 670 is a solid score (82) with which to apply. Congratulations on the big jump in score, and all the best!
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