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Retake Failure!!! Need help and Advice

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GMAT 1: 650 Q47 V33
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I have taken my GMAT exam twice in the past two months.

Exam 1: 550 - Q42 V24 IR4 AWA 4.5 - Aug 24th,2017
Exam 2: 550 - Q46 V20 IR6 AWA(Pending) - Sept 27th,2017

I see that my Quants Score has improved but, my verbal score is going down as I start to read more.

I have used the following materials and strategies to prepare for Verbal:

SC :
I started reading with MGMAT SC, helped me to get through the basics very well. Solved all the problem sets in all chapters.

After completing the MGMAT SC, I started working on all the OG SC Questions. Gone through all the explanations given by GMATClub members and noted down take away from each question. Done this exercise twice.I was able to solve the SC questions well compared to previous encounters.

CR :
I completed reading Powerscore CR Bible.But, now my accuracy in CR has gone still down compared to previous practice tests and all. Also, completed the OG CR completely

RC :
Completed reading the MGMAT RC book.....The approach in MGMAT RC is really helpful and my accuracy is also quite high when I practice individually, but in practice tests, I keep getting all questions wrong despite concentrating well.

Here is a list of my Practice test scores :

The Princeton Review tests
CAT 1: 450 - Q38(23 of 37) V14(18 of 41) - May 13th,2017
CAT 2: 590 - Q43(31 of 37) V29(28 of 41) - Jun 6th,2017
CAT 3: 570 - Q40(30 of 37) V29(26 of 41) - Jun 25th,2017
CAT 4: 590 - Q39(26 of 37) V32(25 of 41) - Jul 10th,2017

GMAT Prep - Exam Pack 2
Exam 5: 610 - Q47(22 of 37) V27(26 of 41) - Jul 24th,2017
Exam 6: 570 - Q47(26 of 37) V21(20 of 41) - Sept 24th,2017

GMAT Prep - Free Tests
Exam 2: 650 - Q49(26 of 37) V31(25 of 41) - Aug 3rd,2017
Exam 1: 590 - Q48(23 of 37) V23(20 of 41) - Aug 30th,2017

As you can see my score kept decreasing after reaching a level. Any recommendations as of why this is happening or how to proceed further?
I have taken all the exams in timed conditions including IR and AWA and follow the Q, V, IR, AWA order.

I am planning to apply to the following schools :
Kelley School of Business
Carlson School of Management
McCombs School of Business
Foster School of Business
W.P Carey School of Business

Should I retake or apply with the same score? What should be my retake strategy? Completely disappointed and feeling hopeless as all my time, effort, money has simply vanished into thin air.

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New post 28 Sep 2017, 10:39
Hi Eshwar Nag Lanka,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as hoped. Back in July, we discussed the idea that you might be 'stuck' around this current score level - and it appears that that is the case. Your immediate question has to do with applications (and whether you should apply with this Score or not). Since that is an Admissions question, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and plans. There's a Forum full of them here: ... tants-124/

If you're still interested in continuing to study (with the goal of scoring 700+), then you're almost certainly going to need at least another 3 months of consistent, guided study to get to that level. Right now, "your way" of approaching the Exam leads to an Official Score in the mid-500s, so you simply cannot continue to study in this way if you want to score at a much higher level; proper training is required. Thankfully, the GMAT is the same consistent, predictable Exam that it's always been, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

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