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Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies

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New post 16 Nov 2018, 19:34
Hi All,

I am writing here because I have 1 query and I am looking for advice. I took the GMAT twice scoring 540 and 580 in my 2 attempts. I did not give myself enough time to prepare and also did not use my entire gmat material because of my work schedule.

I have 9 years of experience in Market research industry, and I wanted to change my profile into a marketing/consulting role, and wanted to take a Global leadership position in my career which I believe will take time if I continue the current path. For this reason, I targeted INSEAD and IMD Switzerland. I also went for a coffee chat with INSEAD co-ordinator and I got a feeling that they would not welcome me in the college because of my experience of 9 years.

I am currently confused whether I should take GMAT again or not, and I need your advice on this.

Please do help me out with some kind advice from your end.

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ashish2193 wrote:
Hi All,

I am writing here because I have 1 query and I am looking for advice. I took the GMAT twice scoring 540 and 580 in my 2 attempts. I did not give myself enough time to prepare and also did not use my entire gmat material because of my work schedule.

I have 9 years of experience in Market research industry, and I wanted to change my profile into a marketing/consulting role, and wanted to take a Global leadership position in my career which I believe will take time if I continue the current path. For this reason, I targeted INSEAD and IMD Switzerland. I also went for a coffee chat with INSEAD co-ordinator and I got a feeling that they would not welcome me in the college because of my experience of 9 years.

I am currently confused whether I should take GMAT again or not, and I need your advice on this.

Please do help me out with some kind advice from your end.

Thanks and regards
Ashish


In my opinion your number of years of experience shouldn’t be a problem, especially at INSEAD where 30+ year olds are very common. Your GMAT score, on the other hand, needs a big leap for INSEAD. Need 720+.

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New post 05 Jan 2019, 21:39
I had a 700 44Q, 41V and just bounced to 710 47Q, 40V. I'm not especially content with my test execution on the retake yet I'm applying R1 so I'm simply going to suck it up and keep it moving.
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New post 12 Jan 2019, 04:48
Most MBA aspirants have this classic dilemma: Whether to retake GMAT to improve the score or focus on school application. For me, this decision depends on two factors-

(i) Your previous scores in GMAC official mock tests. If you have scored more in mock tests consistently, you should definitely consider retaking the test.

(ii) Average GMAT score of the school that you are applying to and the applicant pool that you belong to. As an Indian male candidate, I always wanted to have a GMAT score of +20 above the average GMAT score that my target school had. This strictly was based on the limited sample set of current students and alums of most of the schools from my particular geography.

To read more about how to plan your re-test, read-
http://aidmit.com/index.php/2019/01/12/ ... t-4-weeks/

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Hi All,

I am writing here because I have 1 query and I am looking for advice. I took the GMAT twice scoring 540 and 580 in my 2 attempts. I did not give myself enough time to prepare and also did not use my entire gmat material because of my work schedule.

I have 9 years of experience in Market research industry, and I wanted to change my profile into a marketing/consulting role, and wanted to take a Global leadership position in my career which I believe will take time if I continue the current path. For this reason, I targeted INSEAD and IMD Switzerland. I also went for a coffee chat with INSEAD co-ordinator and I got a feeling that they would not welcome me in the college because of my experience of 9 years.

I am currently confused whether I should take GMAT again or not, and I need your advice on this.

Please do help me out with some kind advice from your end.

Thanks and regards
Ashish

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Hi everyone,

I've just taken the GMAT yesterday and got a score of 690. Here's the breakdown:
Q - 47 (61 percentile)
V - 37 (82 percentile)
IR - 6 (70 percentile)

I can't decide if I should retake the GMAT again. I feel that I can do better, but at the same time, what if my GMATPrep scores were inflated and 690 is where I truly stand. Would it be worth the effort (and money) to do a retest and try to improve by 20-30 points :(

A little background: I'm a female from Singapore, with a major in Accounting. I've 4+ years of work experience in both external and internal audit. I'm planning to apply for the NUS/Peking University MBA programmes this year.

My GMATPrep scores were:
GMATPrep1: 710 (Q49, V38, IR3)
GMATPrep2: 690 (Q47, V38, IR8)
GMATPrep3: 720 (Q49, V40, IR7)
GMATPrep4: 710 (Q50, V35, IR3)
GMATPrep5: 670 (Q48, V34, IR7)
GMATPrep6: 740 (Q49, V42, IR8)

Would appreciate any of your comments!
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New post 10 Jun 2019, 05:20
Hi,
I just gave my first attempt at GMAT today and scored a 720 ( Q49 V40 IR 8 ).
Considering my mock scores, I am a bit disappointed.
GMAT prep 1 : 740 ( couple of seen questions)
GMAT prep 2 : 740 (q50 v40)
GMAT prep 3 : 730 (q50 v40)
GMAT prep 4 : 700 (q50 v35)
GMAT prep 5 : 720 (q50 v37) 2 days before the exam
GMAT prep 6 : 760 (q51 v42) a day before exam

I am targeting Masters in data science/analytics courses from top B schools : NUS, McCombs ( Texas Austin) , UBC sauder, ESADE.

My profile :
3 years of good experience in analytics ( statistical modeling in Insurance domain)
6 months internship in a CRM based operations startup.
Have some corporate awards and recognitions
3-4 online certification courses on Coursera, edx

Questions : given my profile, target schools and my GMAT prep mock scores, should I retake GMAT and aim for a 740? I believe I can improve my quant from q49 to q50, keeping my verbal at v40.

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New post 14 Jun 2019, 22:30
Sorry I don’t know masters enough. I would look at the average scores and add extra 20-30 points if you are a party of an over represented demographics. You don’t want to be below that number.

I know that for the business school for the top 20, and being part of Indian IT group, one would actually want to be above 740 and preferably 760

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New post 26 Jun 2019, 02:06
Everyone's goal should be to maximize their GMAT score. That's a personal thing -- are you hitting the maximum performance that you're capable of?

A few thoughts:

1) The GMAT is only objective measure of MBA applicants. That gives the GMAT it's own weight in your application. GPAs are still subject to varying standards across countries, states and universities so they are viewed with a measure of doubt.

2) You should only. retake if you can answer the WHY? question -- why did you fall short on your previous attempt(s)?

Rehashing the same prep plan as before without a detailed diagnostic of where you fell short is a waste of time. You need a new prep plan with new tools to target specific shortcomings that you've identified as reasons for your previous lower than target scores.

How do find your key shortcomings? A good approach is to pay a lot of attention to your process during questions and noting where you fell down (in quant for example : capture, visualization, setups or execution). This is what GMAT performance coaches are really good at.
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