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# Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies

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09 Sep 2013, 03:21
Hi,

i scored 650 on my first attempt and i asked to some of top schools if the grade is ok. Some schools answered that it was a good grade and i don't need to retake the exam.
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19 Sep 2013, 11:19
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GMAT 1: 650 (Q49, V30)- Sep 16th, 2012

GMAT 2: 690 (Q49, V34)- July 1st, 2013

GMAT 3: 750 (Q50, V41)- Sep 17th, 2013

Pheww!! Done with GMAT Marathon finally-- 1.25 years of preparation, 3 sleepless nights, 2 failures and 1 dream score!

Would like to thank e-GMAT (Rajat, Payal, Shraddha and Chiranjeev).

Here's a breakdown:

GMAT 1--

Preparation lasted ~ 5 months..I was always decent at quant and from the start, was scoring 49-50 in Q on mocks but speed & letting go of questions remained an issue. Bunuel on GMATClub is great-- solve all his questions.. In Verbal, I was not aware of rules or logic..just practiced alot of questions-- lacked in speed and got stuck often. The first GMAT experience was nerve wracking-- primary focus was somehow to complete the test; wasn't sure of many answers esp. in Verbal esp. SC. Couldn't attempt the last 3-4 questions properly in both Quant and Verbal. The screen flashed a 650-- gutted;

GMAT 2--

Took a 2 months break but the GMAT score kept bothering me..knew that I will retake it. Couldn't start on my own so decided to enroll for classroom learning-- Joined Princeton Review Classes; Preparation~ 6 months. The faculty was great at PR, Delhi esp. the Verbal faculty; SC became my strong point and I achieved a 80-85% accuracy, CR improved marginally 70-80% accuracy however, RCs remained a problem- 55-65% accuracy and my timing was totally off; In hindsight, I might have over focused on the 1st 10 questions and ended up short of time.

Quant was the same even though I felt I had managed time better; Verbal- felt like I was doing pretty well and even started thinking of 40+ but kept getting behind on time which really messed up the last 10..submit- 690-

Low point in life. I have always been over-persistent with a cling on attitude and it is extremely difficult for me to let go of things. Started wondering whether the GMAC & the powers that be are conspiring against me and whether the GMAT is not for ppl lyk me..self doubt, inner demons, even the L word marked my thinking..was the accuracy reqd much higher than what I thought.. I deserved better maybe. My mocks seemed to suggest so..

GMAT 3--

Something within me jus kept me going..I couldn't stop now..690 thats not bad ppl said-- which made me feel worse..I shut myself down-- devised a study plan-- I knew it had to be Verbal which was setting me back..Quant had never been the issue even though I couldn't cross 49 both times..I decided to focus on the core issue -- VERBAL and I quit smoking..

Enrolled for e-GMAT- its different from most other courses-- inspite of the initial glitches, moved ahead with my prep..yes-- there is indeed a method to teaching CR & RC as demonstrated by e-GMAT--here are the main takeaways from the e-GMAT course--

-- SC- focus on the original sentence and error analysis. POE comes later and if the intended meaning is clear, u can breeze through this step.

-- CR- Pre- thinking helps u to structure the argument in your head; so that even if u can't guess correctly; u can identify the correct option during POE better

-- RC- Logical Structure, passage summaries and keywords help u understand the passage in the 1st go.

-- Last but not the least-- following the process for each and every question every single time; once ur done with the process- u move on, u save time

And never get bogged down-- I got a 50% on the e-GMAT Mini Test..e-GMAT workshops are great for practice and the analysis is unparalleled..

2 days before MGMAT repeat test - scored 770 and more importantly, could complete both sections well in time..Practice a variety of tests - U must try all the free sources including Veritas, Grockit, MGMAT, Edvento to name a few apart from the regular test series u take..monitor ur results n do in depth analysis and corrections on the same day.

Contrary to popular belief, took a paper on the day before the GMAT (had taken 2 papers the day before- 1 complete and 1 Quant); Wanted to be in qa mode and in rythm unlike previous 2 exams where I lazed around the day before the GMAT which made me even more nervous..I do recommend some light exercise a day before the GMAT as it helps get rid of the nervous energy -- did help me..just do everything u need to focus..

If Andy Murray could do it, .....decided to drive myself to the centre this time-- Quant was a breeze- kept monitoring time-- last question was super tough-- some weird series - could not make head or tail out of it..was unsure of only a few questions. Had Gatorade+ Crackle instead of Red Bull + Snickers this time-- more of a superstition thing..Verbal- in the break time I thought- these next few moments might well define what I end up doing with my life-- no stress- started off with 3 SCs n everything started falling in place-- couldn't have been more sure about the answers-- most of them-- I daresay if I could have completed the last 2-3 questions on Verbal, my score might have been even higher !! I would still take it...any day..!! New challenges beckon..
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16 Nov 2013, 21:22
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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11 Dec 2013, 07:11
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, 14:51
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, 10:20
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, 11:02
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.

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29 Mar 2014, 22:26
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, 03:39
is there data available how many percent of test takers who scored 700+ did so in their first attempt?

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06 Apr 2014, 03:40
Or how many students who scored 700+ took private tutoring?
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06 Apr 2014, 11:16
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is there data available how many percent of test takers who scored 700+ did so in their first attempt?

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30 Apr 2014, 08:12
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, 03:27
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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02 May 2014, 01:58
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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13 May 2014, 05:52
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The success stories you have shared are quite encouraging.
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04 Jun 2014, 21:48
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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11 Jun 2014, 12:26
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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07 Jul 2014, 22:51
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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14 Jul 2014, 10:57
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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