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Retake GMAT? Current Score: 680

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New post 23 Jun 2016, 08:02
Hi,

I gave the GMAT recently and got a score of 680 (48Q, 35V) after studying for roughly 2.5 months. Needless to say, I was a bit disappointed since I need to break into the 700+ threshold (Target: 720) to get into my target schools. (I'm short of the number of years with work experience)

I have only 3 weeks of time to prepare for my next attempt which is booked on 17th July since I have some urgent work which requires me to fly out of the country after that.

For my previous preparation, I used the : OG 2016 + Princeton guides + Magoosh premium subscription, finished all the practice ques + Veritas 7 practice tests + 2 GMAT Prep CATs
I also went through the gmatclub forums for a couple of my weak topics.

I need to crack the GMAT this time. I realise the time left is less but I have no option. Could someone please guide me on my plan forward? Also, which practice tests should I use to gauge my performance since I've used up GMATPrep ones.

Thanks in advance for the help.
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New post 23 Jun 2016, 12:25
The GMATPrep tests are the ones best ones. But if you are seeking an additional resource, you may be interested in this one: www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-test/practice-test/

You may want to focus your energy on solving the really easy questions in as little time as possible - so you open up more time to spend on the more time-intensive questions and hopefully boost your accuracy. Make sure you don't make any silly mistakes such as answering the wrong question.

Going through the Practice Pill Platform will be good practice -- in addition to reviewing your mistakes in the OG. You may be interested in our OG video solutions as you study: www.gmatpill.com/official-guide
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New post 23 Jun 2016, 19:38
Hi Aishwarya007,

First off, a 680/Q48 is a strong score (it's right around the 85th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. When applying to highly competitive Schools/Programs, you have to remember that those Schools are looking for strong OVERALL applicants (and no score - not even an 800 - would guarantee you anything). Since you've mentioned some potential 'weak spots' in your application(s), you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile and application plans. There's a Forum full of them here:

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There's a distance possibility that the best way for you to strengthen your application is to delay your application(s) so that you can pick up the meaningful Work Experience that your application requires.

1) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
2) When are you planning to apply?

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New post 24 Jun 2016, 04:33
Dear Aishwarya007,

If you are aiming for a top school, we would suggest you to aim for 740 or higher score.

Why it is a very good decision to take your GMAT again?

GMAT is the only controllable aspect of the entire application cycle. The probability of getting an admission in the top B Schools increases significantly by higher GMAT scores. According to a survey conducted on more than 600 applicants, the students scoring less than 700 has 0% to convert for top B schools. This increases to 18% for the GMAT score of 750 or more. Moreover, the higher the GMAT score, the higher the chances of getting a scholarship. The tuition fees for a two year global MBA course can be more than 80,000 $ and is increasing at a very rapid pace. The scholarship and fellowship will significantly reduce the financial burden.

Review this post: admission-rate-213025.html

Also, assuming you are an Asian, you will a score slightly higher than the average score for that school. Asians are expected to have a good Quant score. Recently GMAC has taken into account the region wise benchmarking. GMAC introduced a benchmarking tool that allows admissions officers to compare applicants against their own cohort, filtering scores and percentile rankings by world region, country, gender and college grade-point average.

More on this can be found here: http://www.wsj.com/articles/on-b-school ... 1415236311.

Do review these links as well to understand the importance of the GMAT exam
http://poetsandquants.com/2015/08/03/bu ... decisions/.
Read the comments below as well

https://aringo.com/mba-admission-chances-calculator/

How to proceed further?

You have a decent Quant score with some good effort you can reach the Q49/Q50 mark. However, in Verbal, you need to improve by 5-7 points (on the scale of 60) to reach arounf V40-V42 that will take you somewhere around 740 overall.

Take a look at GMAT Planner to plan your future studies: https://gmatplanner.e-gmat.com/

Note that once you reach the V38 - V40 level, there is nothing new that needs to be learnt. The difference between a V38 guy (or V35 for that matter) and a V40+ guy is the application of learned concepts. After crossing the V40 mark, your score is largely determined by your diligence and application skill level.

A student should know how to apply the learnt concepts properly to cross the V40 border. At this stage the tricks and shortcuts tend to fail and only students with a proper approach to questions succeed. This is what we do at e-GMAT. We teach our students a foolproof process to solve questions and make them follow the same. This is the reason for our high rate of success.

Folks who were in your shoes

Here are examples of few folks who were in your shoes and have accomplished their dream score using e-GMAT courses.

1. After scoring a 710, Anuj planned his second attempt, methodically improving his verbal score from V36 to V44 (98 percentile). Click here to learn how he managed to get to 770:http://bit.ly/28Rsvgu
2. Kinjal scored a 760 improving his Verbal score from 51 percentile to 98 percentile. Click here to know how he approached GMAT Verbal to score V44: http://bit.ly/28R7az9
3. Arun Goenka (760, V42): He improved from V36 to V42 using Verbal Online. Click here to read his debrief: http://bit.ly/291GkqZ
4. Anup Kapoor (770, V44): Click here to read his debrief: http://bit.ly/291GkqZ
5. Also read Nilendu’s review to see how he mastered the process to improve his score to V44: http://bit.ly/28TuZfQ

Right Course for you

I would recommend you to look at our Verbal Online course: https://e-gmat.com/courses/verbal_online/. Verbal Online is perfectly apt for you. Verbal Online requires 80 hours of effort and if you can devote sufficient time you can easily finish the course in the time you have.

Verbal Online is a self-paced course and there is no fixed schedule or batch constraint. You can access the course contents as per your convenience. You get a study plan as soon as you complete your purchase. The study plan outlines the order in which you approach concepts.

We provide you with a detailed study plan when you purchase the course. This study plan will dictate when and where from should you practice. It will cover all official sources. You are not required to use any other study material. Your score improvement will be much higher and faster if you just use our courses. Here are some examples:
o My Journey from 600 (Mock 0) to 750 (First attempt): my-journey-from-600-mock-0-to-750-first-attempt-158468.html
o Debrief – 720 (Q48 V41): debrief-720-q48-v41-152235.html

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need any information.

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New post 12 Apr 2019, 15:45
Hi all,

I forgot to update you all. My next attempt got me a 740 and I just finished my MBA from ISB. Thank you for your suggestions
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New post 13 Apr 2019, 00:12
Aishwarya007 wrote:
Hi all,

I forgot to update you all. My next attempt got me a 740 and I just finished my MBA from ISB. Thank you for your suggestions



Wow super reply ;) congrats for your jump from 680 to 740 and completing the MBA from ISB :cool:

If you dont mind Aishwarya007 can you please give your experience in ISB and opportunities you got to build you career and what are the sources there to help ourselves.
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New post 16 Apr 2019, 17:23
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