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29 Jul 2017, 12:47
Hi all, I recently gave the GMAT and scored a 730 (Quant-50 and Verbal-40).. My scores in IR and AWA were 7/8 and 4.5/6 respectively.. Should I go for a retake given my below par AWA score and slightly average GMAT score (I was targeting a score of 750)?

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29 Jul 2017, 15:16
rs47 wrote:
Hi all, I recently gave the GMAT and scored a 730 (Quant-50 and Verbal-40).. My scores in IR and AWA were 7/8 and 4.5/6 respectively.. Should I go for a retake given my below par AWA score and slightly average GMAT score (I was targeting a score of 750)?

I can pretty much guarantee that nobody is going to care about that AWA score. As far as the composite score goes... well, it just depends on your profile and where you're applying. If you have a whole lot of competitors in the applicant pool whose profiles are similar to yours, then you might want to push for those extra 20 points. If you're an amazing unicorn (say, an Olympian from an underrepresented group who has cured a rare form of cancer... or something), then a 730 is great.

It just depends on the context -- and maybe on whether you think you can squeeze a few more points without making your life miserable.

I hope this helps a little bit!
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29 Jul 2017, 20:49
GMATNinja,

I have a question regarding MGMAT Mock tests:
I so far have taken four practice tests and it seems my Quant score doesn't improve at all. I have great difficulty understanding the question stem. For quant, I got 43, 42, 42 and 37. My today's score really worries my me a lot.
My verbal score on the other hand is improving, 34, 34, 35 and 38. I know that i can do much better in Verbal, since i only been practicing with Official materials.
For quant, I managed to get 48 in my official test, but with MGMAT it seems i am off a lot.
Do you have any specific suggestion regarding quant. I know that i understand and perhaps there is nothing that i haven't been and gone through. I've kept my actual GMAC parctice Exams to take closer to my final exam in early September. In the meantime, i've not been practicing my quant from official materials while, i have all of them, Q Pack one, 2016 official plus Q and V reviews and 2018 Official Plus Q and V reviews.
How about GMAT Club test, i've taken three and willing to take the rest 23 cats until my exam. Will those help?
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30 Jul 2017, 07:18
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GMATNinja wrote:
I can pretty much guarantee that nobody is going to care about that AWA score. As far as the composite score goes... well, it just depends on your profile and where you're applying. If you have a whole lot of competitors in the applicant pool whose profiles are similar to yours, then you might want to push for those extra 20 points. If you're an amazing unicorn (say, an Olympian from an underrepresented group who has cured a rare form of cancer... or something), then a 730 is great.

It just depends on the context -- and maybe on whether you think you can squeeze a few more points without making your life miserable.

I hope this helps a little bit!

Thanks a lot GMATNinja, it has kinda cleared my dilemma regarding going for a retake..
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30 Jul 2017, 09:01
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Heseraj wrote:
GMATNinja,

I have a question regarding MGMAT Mock tests:
I so far have taken four practice tests and it seems my Quant score doesn't improve at all. I have great difficulty understanding the question stem. For quant, I got 43, 42, 42 and 37. My today's score really worries my me a lot.
My verbal score on the other hand is improving, 34, 34, 35 and 38. I know that i can do much better in Verbal, since i only been practicing with Official materials.
For quant, I managed to get 48 in my official test, but with MGMAT it seems i am off a lot.
Do you have any specific suggestion regarding quant. I know that i understand and perhaps there is nothing that i haven't been and gone through. I've kept my actual GMAC parctice Exams to take closer to my final exam in early September. In the meantime, i've not been practicing my quant from official materials while, i have all of them, Q Pack one, 2016 official plus Q and V reviews and 2018 Official Plus Q and V reviews.
How about GMAT Club test, i've taken three and willing to take the rest 23 cats until my exam. Will those help?

You're not giving me any good reason to worry about your quant, Heseraj! The MGMAT quant tests are a wonderful challenge, but the quant questions contain about twice as many words -- and probably 50% more steps -- than official questions of comparable difficulty. So if you're struggling to understand what those questions are even asking, you're not alone, and it makes sense that you'd underperform on them.

But you said the magic words:
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For quant, I managed to get 48 in my official test...

So I'm not too worried about you. On those MGMAT tests, just make sure that you're developing good habits: don't let yourself get TOO stuck on any one question, and make sure you're not making silly errors on the stuff you understand. But if you can sustain that ~48 on your GMATPreps, that's what really matters.

Everybody is different in terms of which tests they find useful, but I tend to steer people away from non-official verbal tests, just because it's so impossibly difficult for test-prep companies to make them realistic. The quant sections might not be realistic, either, but they're still good practice. It sound like you've held onto lots of good, official material for verbal, so you might not really need to do any non-official CATs for verbal.

I hope this helps, and please tag me whenever you do your debrief in September! You're clearly working your butt off, and I'm excited to see where you end up.
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Beginners' guides to GMAT verbal
Reading Comprehension | Critical Reasoning | Sentence Correction

Series 1: Fundamentals of SC & CR | Series 2: Developing a Winning GMAT Mindset

SC & CR Questions of the Day (QOTDs), featuring expert explanations
All QOTDs | Subscribe via email | RSS

Hit the request verbal experts' reply button -- and please be specific about your question. Feel free to tag @GMATNinja in your post. Priority is always given to official GMAT questions.

Sentence Correction articles & resources
How to go from great (760) to incredible (780) on GMAT SC | That "-ing" Word Probably Isn't a Verb | That "-ed" Word Might Not Be a Verb, Either | No-BS Guide to GMAT Idioms | "Being" is not the enemy | WTF is "that" doing in my sentence?

Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, and other articles & resources
All GMAT Ninja articles on GMAT Club | Using LSAT for GMAT CR & RC |7 reasons why your actual GMAT scores don't match your practice test scores | How to get 4 additional "fake" GMAT Prep tests for \$29.99 | Time management on verbal
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