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# Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies

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Concentration: Operations, Other
GMAT 1: 730 Q46 V45
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WE: Supply Chain Management (Manufacturing)

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16 Nov 2013, 20:22
I took the GMAT today and got 730, Q46 V45. I realize that this is not a bad score, which makes the decision between retaking and not retaking even harder.
I'm looking for advice on this point. While my undergrad GPA is only 3.0 and a higher score would probably help alleviate this, I'm not strictly looking to improve the likelihood of admission; I'm wondering if there's any possibility I can get into the scholarship range. I worked full-time during my undergrad and couldn't pay as much attention to my studies as I should have, thus the low GPA.

* I think my biggest chance at improving my score is through the quant section
* I started studying for the test a week in advance (about 15 hours in total). I did the paper diagnostic test from the OG and about 50 more problem solving questions from the same book. I read over the Math Review section. Then I took the two free GMAT Prep diagnostic tests (1st: 720, Q44, V45; 2nd: 730, Q45, V45), one two days before exam, the other the day before the exam, with no studying in between).
* 50% of questions that I got wrong on practice exams were due to inattention, the other 50% (for quant section) were for lack of math chops
* I'm pretty good at logic, word problems, and anything with proportions or rates of change, but once I see exponents, or most things to do with geometry, I'm as good as guessing.
* I feel like my math-solving ability (as pedestrian as it is) is mostly intuitive

Based on this information, do you think I can get into the 760-790 range? If so, what's the best approach?

I have not applied to any grad schools yet and have a ton of time before I do, so this is not an issue. I will probably be applying to Queen's when the time comes.

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Concentration: Finance, General Management
GMAT 1: 540 Q50 V15
GMAT 2: 640 Q50 V27
GPA: 3.11
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11 Dec 2013, 06:11
Marushka wrote:
I took the GMAT today and got 730, Q46 V45. I realize that this is not a bad score, which makes the decision between retaking and not retaking even harder.
I'm looking for advice on this point. While my undergrad GPA is only 3.0 and a higher score would probably help alleviate this, I'm not strictly looking to improve the likelihood of admission; I'm wondering if there's any possibility I can get into the scholarship range. I worked full-time during my undergrad and couldn't pay as much attention to my studies as I should have, thus the low GPA.

* I think my biggest chance at improving my score is through the quant section
* I started studying for the test a week in advance (about 15 hours in total). I did the paper diagnostic test from the OG and about 50 more problem solving questions from the same book. I read over the Math Review section. Then I took the two free GMAT Prep diagnostic tests (1st: 720, Q44, V45; 2nd: 730, Q45, V45), one two days before exam, the other the day before the exam, with no studying in between).
* 50% of questions that I got wrong on practice exams were due to inattention, the other 50% (for quant section) were for lack of math chops
* I'm pretty good at logic, word problems, and anything with proportions or rates of change, but once I see exponents, or most things to do with geometry, I'm as good as guessing.
* I feel like my math-solving ability (as pedestrian as it is) is mostly intuitive

Based on this information, do you think I can get into the 760-790 range? If so, what's the best approach?

I have not applied to any grad schools yet and have a ton of time before I do, so this is not an issue. I will probably be applying to Queen's when the time comes.

730 is a very very good score and I would not advise that you retake GMAT.
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17 Dec 2013, 13:51
Hi everyone. First time poster (stumbled onto this site while looking for AWA templates; Thanks chineseburned) looking for some advice on retaking the GMAT.

Brief background on me: I'm looking at local PT MBA programs (Pitt) and distance learning programs from higher ranked MBA programs. I'm well versed on the pros and cons of PT and DL programs versus a FT MBA, but those options are what work best for myself and my family. My undergrad GPA was 3.7 from a smaller university. Six years of work experience including enlisted time in the military.

I took the MBA this past Saturday after two weeks of self-preparation. I got a 590 (38V, 32Q, 7IR, 5.5AWA). Outside the horrific quant score, I'm pleased with my performance. My overall score is right around the average GMAT score for the programs I am interested in, but I'm worried the quant score sticks out like a sore thumb. Should I retake the GMAT to improve the quant score? Ride out the application process with the current score and retake if requested by one of the programs I apply to? Do my best to explain away the quant score as as just a bad day? Who cares because its a part time program? What's my best course of action? Thanks in advance.

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23 Dec 2013, 09:20
Hey guys, I want to say few words about my story. I took GMAT and scored 470 Quantitative 25, Verbal 25. Then after one month i retook it again and scored 420 (( Quantitative 38 but verbal 9..... I am going to take GMAT one more time and i have 2 months to prepare for that. My target score is no less than 570 ; >570 . please give me any advice or suggestion how to beat GMAT and increase my score from 420 to =>570 or more. recently, i have used Kaplan's new GMAT PREMIER 2013 book to study.

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11 Mar 2014, 10:02
Hi All,

I took GMAT 3 times still my score is average(560). So planning to take a final attempt with all my effort aming for 680.
Taking GMAT 4 time will have negative impact on my app. Do Adcom will consider my attempts if i take more than 3 times.

Dose taking GRE is also an option? because now most of Bschools are accepting GRE score.

Rrsnathan

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29 Mar 2014, 21:26
Depends on the MBA program you're applying too. If you're applying to say Purdue with good full-time work experience, retaking the exam over because you scored a 680 and are going for a 720 GMAT is not necessary. Unless you really want to spend the time and the money and sacrifice other areas of your life to get a score way above your target school's average GMAT score, it is not worth it.

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06 Apr 2014, 02:39
is there data available how many percent of test takers who scored 700+ did so in their first attempt?

OPTIMUS PREP

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06 Apr 2014, 02:40
Or how many students who scored 700+ took private tutoring?

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30 Apr 2014, 07:12
Hello there, i would really thank you for helping me, so i got 310 22/37 and 12/41 so i buy 12 CAT exams and i did only 2 of them, i need just to know whether to retake the exam or stop here and end the story .... what shall i do

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01 May 2014, 02:27
Hello there, i would really thank you for helping me, so i got 310 22/37 and 12/41 so i buy 12 CAT exams and i did only 2 of them, i need just to know whether to retake the exam or stop here and end the story .... what shall i do

Your response is a highly appreciated

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Senior Manager
Joined: 14 Jul 2013
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Location: India
Concentration: Marketing, Strategy
GMAT 1: 690 Q49 V34
GMAT 2: 670 Q49 V33
GPA: 3.6
WE: Brand Management (Retail)

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02 May 2014, 00:58
Ok, i am throwing myself in the ring again. Previous GMAT 690( Q-49, V-34). I am targeting a 750 plus this time.
Wish me luck guys!
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Farhan

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13 May 2014, 04:52
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The success stories you have shared are quite encouraging.

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Status: Good is the enemy of great
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04 Jun 2014, 20:48
Hi, I need help to decide my retaking strategy. Totally devastated by my Q score (poor timing)

GMAT Club tests Q 50-51 in all tests
GMATPrep 1: 750 Q51 V40
GMATPrep 2: 760 Q51 V41

GMAT 1: 680 Q47 V37 (last year without much prep)
GMAT 2: 720 Q48 V41 ( A week back )

I am retaking since I believe the current score does not do justice to my abilities. Also, I have a low GPA (~ 3.0) and intend to apply to top 15 schools.

Thanks

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Location: United States (NY)
Concentration: Marketing, General Management
Schools: CBS '19
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11 Jun 2014, 11:26
I'm for sure looking forward to retaking my test. I'm so done with this test but I'm ready to knock it out of the park!

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GMAT 1: 600 Q50 V21
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07 Jul 2014, 21:51
So, I gave my GMAT last week.
I got 600 with the following breakup:
Quant: 50
Verbal: 21

This is what I got with self study using OG guides and practice tests from MGMAT.
Should I retake GMAT and what could be my strategy to pump up my Verbal?
I guess I do not need to do much on the Quant part.

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GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V38

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14 Jul 2014, 09:57
I took the exam on 11 July 2014 and scored 710 on it (though bombed the IR section with a score of 4). I have an experience of about 3 years and am planning to enroll for the Fall 2015 session. In addition to the schools mentioned on the left, I would like to apply to Darden, UCLA and Tepper.

Is my GMAT score decent enough for a scholarship? And, will the low IR score pose any hindrance to get an admit next Fall?

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17 Jul 2014, 02:29
hello frds,
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03 Aug 2014, 20:08
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Hi Guys,

I want to share my upside-down experience, which I went through recently with my GMAT exam. Usually people score less on mock tests and score better on real GMAT but for me it was the opposite. An average 680 score on mocks turned into a sad 570 on the real GMAT.

I studied for 2 months for my GMAT, which I took on Aug-02-2014. My score was 570 (Q48, V21). During my study period I gave 7 practice exams (GMATPrep - 2, Kaplan - 5) and here are my scores:

GMATPrep
1) 620 (Q47, V28)
2) 690 (Q49, V35)

Kaplan
1) 640 (Q49, V29)
2) 650 (Q49, V34)
3) 680 (Q49, V35)
4) 700 (Q50, V35)
5) 700 (Q50, V32)

I had read on multiple forums that Kaplan tests are tougher than GMATPrep tests and if one is scoring around 700 in Kaplan Tests then there are very good chances that one will score 700 +20,30 in the real GMAT. This is the reason why I chose Kaplan but for me the score tanked big time: 570 (Q48, V21). I don't know what to make of it. Was it just one bad day at office or I really don't know most of verbal. But then I fail to understand that if I am a dud at verbal then how I was getting scores in the range of 680-700 on mock tests.

Please guys, I request you to guide me here. What went wrong here? What should I do next and how should I find out what could have gone wrong?

Thanks,
Sumeet

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11 Aug 2014, 09:37
Hi ,

I wanted a few advice on the retaking the GMAT exam and also suggestion on how I can improve my GMAT score.
I scored a 600 today ( 50Q ,20V) . I always have had issues with verbal but my performance was never this poor. I used to get at least 28+ anyday. I am planning to take a retest . Some schools might question me on why I got such a low score in the first place in case of verbal but that is for another time. My concern right now is how do I prepare well for verbal ?

I have low confidence which I am unable to boost as I hardly get good scores in mocks. Do you guys think that it is possible to improve my score? I am willing to take a retest because I cannot go worse than this . I am pretty confident with my Quant so no issues there.

I would be really grateful if you can advice me in any way.

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20 Aug 2014, 00:51
Hi Guys!

May I kindly ask you to share your opinion on my GMAT result, as I am a bit puzzled how I shall proceed?! I took a test yesterday and scored only 690 (Q49, V35, IR2).

Verbal and IR are terribly low and theoretically I can boost them up if I retake the exam (my Verbal score was 38-40 in practice tests; however, on the contrary, Quant was never above 45-47; and to be super honest Math during the real test felt to me relatively easy and straightforward, while Verbal was very difficult & confusing vs. everything I have encountered during my preps).

My plan was to apply to HBS at R1 and to CBS as a RD (after October 8th). Now, if I retake, I will need to miss a R1 deadline at HBS and go to the R2. (Columbia is still on track though).

In this context, what do you think would be the best strategy for the HBS? Shall I retake GMAT? Can a good GPA (3.9) / TOEFL score (111) at least partially compensate for the low Verbal score? As my overall background: I am 28yo, Russian girl, currently living in Paris (+3 years in Geneva before), working as a brand manager in a leading FMCG company, solid career track, good GPA, TOEFL, yet not GMAT...

...so, shall I retake GMAT (to hopefully cross a 700 mark) and apply later or go as it is at R1 (which can be an uphill battle at HBS)?

Thanks a LOT in advance, guys!!!!!

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