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# Should I Retake GMAT Thread - Retaking GMAT Strategies

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28 Aug 2014, 10:51
What in the world?

While you were taking mock tests, did you also take AWA and IR? My guess would be that by the time you got to the verbal sections, nerves and fatigue broke you down. Do you remember what was going through your mind while you were taking the exam, in particular verbal section?

sumeettanwar wrote:
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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28 Aug 2014, 16:25
anaccident wrote:
What in the world?

While you were taking mock tests, did you also take AWA and IR? My guess would be that by the time you got to the verbal sections, nerves and fatigue broke you down. Do you remember what was going through your mind while you were taking the exam, in particular verbal section?

sumeettanwar wrote:
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

Hi,

I answered all the sections every single time in all my mocks. And as far as what was going on in my mind during the real GMAT; I would say that to me everything was just fine until I saw the final score screen.

S.

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06 Oct 2014, 19:23
Very nice suggestions ! This post is really gonna help millions. Thank you so much

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25 Oct 2014, 13:01
From V31 to V37. There are many inspirational stories on GMAT on various threads. I wanted to share my experience.
First attempt on 12th Aug 2014- One month of Verbal preparation, Quant is my favorite subject and I keep doing it regularly so didn't prepare specially. Managed to score 680. I prepared from MGMAT guides for Sentence correction, Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension. I couldn't manage time to revise sentence correction. It is very important to learn the concepts and apply SC rules properly. It is very much a matter of logic than grammar. I went through the free videos on Egmat site and realized I had not prepared that well conceptually.
Q50
V31
IR8
AWA6

Since I intend to apply for a top university PHD in Finance/Accounting program decided to prepare for my retake. Being a working professional, I knew I wont be able to give the necessary time for my preparation. I decided to join Egmat Verbal Live prep course. I started going through the videos and learn the concepts properly. I understood strategies and how to approach the GMAT after attending Egmat's strategy session. I started giving quant mocks and verbal mocks on GMAT club website. I was doing consistently well on quant scoring 50 and 51 on the mocks. I must say the analytics offered by Gmat club is simply amazing. The problem area was verbal and my inconsistency made me nervous. I knew I have to improve my verbal to score high on GMAT. There was little room for improvement in Quants made me more anxious. I had to get Q51 alongwith increasing my verbal score. My verbal mock score was hovering around 31 and went upto 35 but wasnt able to score consistently decent score. I realised that I wasnt applying the process learnt from the SC course of Egmat. Verbal is not my strong area and posts saying that avg improvement of GMAT score is minuscule increased my tension.

I prepared from Advanced Manhattan guide for Quants as I wanted to get that Q51. I gave my mocks regularly. Also I observed that my verbal accuracy reduced whenever I wasnt studying regularly. I decided to reduce my workload and study religiously for my GMAT. In the last week I took leave and put in lot of efforts in my preparation. I took notes, revised whatever I studied. As I read MGMAT SC guide I understood a lot of concepts which I hadn't understood previously. Couple of days before the actual test I appeared for my last verbal mock and I scored 25. I was devastated. I dont know if that was the right thing to do. Couple of hours later I reappeared and scored 34. I wasnt sure about my performance and was worried about my inconsistency. Also I had exhausted all my mocks and so I reset the question pool. May be I had seen the questions before and analysed my mistakes and that influenced the score of 34, all these things were on my mind.

The day arrived 24th Oct 2014. I was anxious and I quickly revised the concepts on my way to the exam center. I wrote my AWA pretty decent. Integrated reasoning I was doing pretty well at the half way mark. 6 questions I solved in 15mins. Unfortunately I couldn't answer the last question due to paucity of time. During the break I told myself this is my time and gave Quant and could complete all the questions with 5mins pending. Except for 3 questions which I guessed rest was well answered. In this break after the quant I was again nervous because this was what going to make or break my score. I decided to go little slow in the first half of the Verbal questions. In couple of questions I lost focus and my application to my mind, not having enough time to reappear for GMAT and in that time I strengthened the argument where the question was to weaken the argument. This is a complete No No and would suggest everyone appearing to GMAT to keep calm and stay focused. Knowing that you have marked a wrong answer makes matter worse. As I was going slow on initial question I had to rush in the 2nd half. In hindsight I should have balanced the timing a little better.

Finally I answered the last question at the last second and hit the submit button and started praying. First thing I saw was the 730 score and I was relieved more than happy.
Q51
V37
IR7

Hope this journey helps you with DOs and DONTs in your GMAT preparation and exam appearance.

Thanks

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05 Nov 2014, 20:35
Hi,

I took the GMAT 3 weeks ago and scored a 620 (Q41, V35). I'm planning on retaking it at the end of December and want to score 700+ for a top 10 school. If I can reach the 700+, I want to apply this year for R2. I've already taken two GMAT courses and am worried about the correct study plan/strategy for the next two months since I'm planning to self-study now. I've met with a GMAT tutor three times to go over my weak areas (Algebra, FDPs, Word Problems, Number Properties, CR). My plan so far is to review most of the videos on Magoosh and I've already through the MGMAT strategy guides again to make sure I have the math concepts down. I will also go through OG 13 again and make sure I can solve each OG problem. However, I feel that I've seen a lot of the OG problems before and won't learn anything new. I'm also looking into getting the GMAT Club Quant tests. Am I using too many resources and if so, which ones should I be focusing on to mainly improve my quant score to at least a 47-48? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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06 Nov 2014, 02:06
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06 Nov 2014, 20:14
lh68

If you can improve your Quant score, you will very well go beyond 700.
1 Do MGMAT guides for concept understanding. Dont jump to problem solving unless you have understood the concepts thoroughly.
2 Once you are confident about your quant preparation start giving your Gmat club tests (excellent tests). Advanced Manhattan guide is available once you start scoring Q49.
3 Are you consistent on your Verbal score. If not, that is a concern because you are not selecting answers for the right reason. I took the egmat verbal course plus read MGMAT guides and improved my score by 6 points.
4 While giving GMAT club tests, find out which areas within quants you are making mistakes- In my case it was DS- Modulus. Work on your weak areas. This will be the key between Q49 and Q50.

All the best in your preparation. May you reach your dream school.

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11 Nov 2014, 05:05
Hi,

I'm looking for some advice to get me out of my troubling situation.

Scored a 710 in my first attempt (49Q 39V). I felt I could do a lot better. I was hoping to improve my quant to 50 and verbal to 40. So ended up giving the gmat a second time however ended up with a 680 (lower score in both quant and verbal)

Being an Indian applicant (without stellar undergrad credentials) I think I need a higher score and I'm planning to give the gmat again around the 10th of December. So exactly a month to go. While introspecting into what might have gone wrong I realized that my preparation lacked something pretty basic. I gave a lot of mock tests but never stuck to the exact timing. I used to often pause my tests, go on breaks and on instances completed tests over 2-3 days. The problem now is that I've used up all of my mock tests- Kaplan (all 5), MGMAT (all 6) and official gmatprep (both)

Moreover I've practiced questions from all over the place: Quant from -OG13, Quant review 2nd edition, Manhattan advance gmat, gmat 800, veritas, gmatclub math book and gmatclub.com questions. Verbal from- OG13, verbal review 2nd edition, veritas advanced, SC grail, etc.

I am really unsure as to how to restart studying and from where. Would appreciate if someone could help me out by recommending a plan of action and also recommending some other sources for practice. Also would be great if someone could suggest some other mock tests available (willing to pay for tests also)

Thanks
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11 Nov 2014, 06:11
If you want to improve from 710 you will need a great private tutor who will teach you how to answer to the difficult questions. You need someone who will fine tune your knowledge and knows valuable insider knowledge on the test.

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11 Nov 2014, 06:44
so I took the gmat nov 1st - 680. Some soft spots on quant so pretty sure I can improve. Question is - in my retake prep, I am focusing on answering questions in my problem areas - I am only going to retake 1 full test (I took around 10 before the first one) but I need a good test.

1. I already did all the manhattan GMAT ones.
2. I already did all 4 GMAT prep ones

Which test would be a good gauge. Do you think the economist is a good one? I think I might have a Princeton review one left but I've heard those scores are inflated.

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28 Nov 2014, 06:10
Hi,

I have taken gmat twice. The first time I Scored a disastrous 580(Q44, V27).
As it was no where near my target score of 740+, I decided to take time, prepare and write again.
Last month I wrote again but fell short of my target quite miserably. I scored a 660(Q49,V30).
I blacked out half way through my verbal, and everything started looking very tough to me. Though the first half of verbal went fine, I got stuck on a tough RC passage for 15 minutes. So I panicked and rest of the section went haywire.

Though I improved 80 points, I know it will not be the same to improve from 660 to 740.
Like many Indian IT GMAT takers, I am poor at verbal.

I'll really appreciate your views, I have to retake the gmat (in a month). Please advice what strategy should I follow.
I am looking for new material for verbal preparation. I have already finished manhattan gmat.
I have read that e-gmat verbal is really good for non-natives . Please advice on whats the best way to improve my verbal score.

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03 Dec 2014, 10:53
Hi, I took my GMAT today and got a 600(Q-39,V-34)
Even though its a 110 point increment from my initial diagnostic, I'm really disappointed as clearly this score is not enough to get into most schools(Kelley,Schulich,George town) which I plan to apply to.(The schools have an avg gmat score of 650).
I'm really shocked with my Quant score and not sure what happened during the test. I feel the score doesn't represent my quant ability but am still not sure whether I should re-take the gmat. Any suggestions ??

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03 Dec 2014, 11:31
110 points is a lot improvement...you should keep that in mind.

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08 Dec 2014, 04:19
Hey Everyone,

I recently took the GMAT and scored much lower than I hoped (590 V32 Q39). It is a no brainer that I will retake the test again in February and start studying again very soon. I am in Germany (originally from Canada) so I did everything on my own. My question is what materials should I get in order to prepare for the next test (online course, books etc.) and any other advice for a retake? My target score is 700. I realize that it is a big increase from my first exam but I was testing in the higher 600 range prior to the test.

First attempt: 590, 39Q, 32V, IR7
Practice tests

GMAT prep 570, 620

Vertias prep: 680,660,670,650 all with verbal over 38 and quant over 39.

Materials:
Gmat official guide, quant and verbal extras
Veritas tutorials
Veritas extra practice exams
GMATprep

Cheers.

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24 Dec 2014, 10:53
Hi BB/Brunel,

I have a major concern. I gave my first attempt at GMAT and got a 670 (Q48 V34 IR5 AWA5.5). I gave my second attempt just yesterday and got a 710 (Q50 V35 IR2). My IR score is really troubling me because I am looking to apply to some of the top MBAcolleges in the US in 2016/2017 and by then IR might hold a lot of value in the application process. It might make all the others with a similar GMAT score have better chances of selection than me. I am extremely confused as to whether or not I should retake the exam. The various questions bothering me are:

1.) What if my score goes down in the next attempt?

2.) Will a score of 5 in IR in my first attempt have any positive affect on the damage that the low IR score on my second attempt may cause.

3.) Will such a low IR score affect my candidature at the time of placements even if I do get into a good B School with my current 710.

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24 Dec 2014, 20:29
Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here.I am sort of a lurker and I guess time has come for me to post my experience and get some guidance here.This is probably a long debrief.
In case someone wants to go through it quick, go through the red section which summarises everything here.

I have given GMAT on 22ndDec,2014 and secured 690(Q50, V31).I am from India and an engineer with 30 months of experience in Automotive sector (Embedded technology)(so basically trying to distinguish myself from that of Indian IT )

I have started preparing for GMAT in the month of May,2014. First, I got to know the complete pattern of GMAT and then started studying the Princeton Review pdf I found online. After finishing it halfway, I gave GMAT Prep Test1 and got 610 (Q48 V26). Then I finished the princeton review completely and gave Princeton's free exam and secured 590(Q43 V29). I am quite good at maths and hence I thought I should get better at GMAT english.

*********GMAT Prep Test1 -> 610 (Q48 V26) *************************

*******Princeton Free test -> 590 (Q43 V29) *************************

I got the MGMAT sentence correction book and hence started studying it.Though it's quite extensive and tiring, I tried to understand all the concepts.I have also started practising the OG13 with errorlogs. I realised that I was not having great accuracy in verbal.So I started surfing around and found that egmat might suit my needs.I purchased the egmat online and started with the course.Along with egmat course,I got 800score tests and GMATclub tests. I gave one 800score test and got 680(Q50 V38).Though I was quite happy at first, after seeing the reviews of 800score I decide not to give them again.I have also started practising the GMATclub questions. I have gained some confidence because of increase in accuracy in verbal. I have started giving MGMAT mocks in the month of august and september. Around mid september, I had to stop preparing for GMAT since I was planning to give CAT exam here.

*******MGMAT Test1 -> 600 (Q45 V29) *************************

*******MGMAT Test2 -> 610 (Q45 V30) *************************

*******MGMAT Test3 -> 660 (Q46 V34) *************************

Until Mid November I prepared for the CAT and it went quite well. I must say my ability in Quants and Verbal have a gone a notch high. I have gone for a trip and then again started preparing for GMAT in Dec. I have also booked a Dec22nd Morning Slot. I have started practising with the remaining OG13 problems and started revising my egmat notes.I gave 3 MGMAT mocks in period of 1 week and following are my scores.

*******MGMAT Test4 -> 670 (Q45 V36) *************************

*******MGMAT Test5 -> 670 (Q48 V33) *************************

*******MGMAT Test6 -> 680 (Q45 V37) *************************

So from the above MGMAT scores I noticed that I was not doing well in section wise. Two days before the D-day, I resetted the GMAT prep(Since I have given one 7 months back) and gave GMAT Prep Test2 and got 660(Q50 V30)! I was quite shocked and tried to analyse the shortcomings. I was not planning to give a mock before the D-day,but after seeing my 660 score I gave a GMAT Prep Test1 on the day before D-day and got 730!!

*********GMAT Prep Test2 -> 660 (Q48 V26) *************************

*********GMAT Prep Test1 -> 730 (Q48 V26) *************************

I was quite happy but I have realised that fatigue playing a key role here. I am quite confident of solving any question that I face but I need to maintain exam stamina to replicate 730 again.Furthermore, I haven't practised AWA at all. Once I have gone through the chinese burned template long long back.So the day before the D-day, I practised a essay and got an idea on what to write on the exam day.

Finally on the D-day, I wrote the AWA quite okay. I thought I didn't do quite well in IR. In Quants, I guessed only one question somewhere in middle and rest all I solved with 3 minutes left. In verbal, I felt I was not doing well in sentence correction and was always racing against time. Finally when I saw the score, I was not quite sure how to react! 690 is a good score but then remaining 10 would have made this GMAT experience sweeter, So near and yet so Far!!!

--GMAT ->690 ->87%
AWA ->5.5 ->81%
IR ->5 ->52%
Quants ->50 ->88%
Verbal ->31 ->61%

I have started writting essays for the Bschools. I am not aiming for top10 colleges. Furthermore, It is too difficult for me to bear the complete fees,so I need scholarship.Now considering R2 deadlines close, Should i retake GMAT? I am quite confident I can tun around and get 730 by January end. So If I get 730 by January end, is there any chance of getting scholarships in R3?

Suggestions are invited

@bb,@bunuel I have gone through all the retake threads and quite confused.Your suggestion is needed. Thanks for your time

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Hi Everyone,

This is my first post here.I am sort of a lurker and I guess time has come for me to post my experience and get some guidance here.This is probably a long debrief.
In case someone wants to go through it quick, go through the red section which summarises everything here.

I have given GMAT on 22ndDec,2014 and secured 690(Q50, V31).I am from India and an engineer with 30 months of experience in Automotive sector (Embedded technology)(so basically trying to distinguish myself from that of Indian IT )

I have started preparing for GMAT in the month of May,2014. First, I got to know the complete pattern of GMAT and then started studying the Princeton Review pdf I found online. After finishing it halfway, I gave GMAT Prep Test1 and got 610 (Q48 V26). Then I finished the princeton review completely and gave Princeton's free exam and secured 590(Q43 V29). I am quite good at maths and hence I thought I should get better at GMAT english.

*********GMAT Prep Test1 -> 610 (Q48 V26) *************************

*******Princeton Free test -> 590 (Q43 V29) *************************

I got the MGMAT sentence correction book and hence started studying it.Though it's quite extensive and tiring, I tried to understand all the concepts.I have also started practising the OG13 with errorlogs. I realised that I was not having great accuracy in verbal.So I started surfing around and found that egmat might suit my needs.I purchased the egmat online and started with the course.Along with egmat course,I got 800score tests and GMATclub tests. I gave one 800score test and got 680(Q50 V38).Though I was quite happy at first, after seeing the reviews of 800score I decide not to give them again.I have also started practising the GMATclub questions. I have gained some confidence because of increase in accuracy in verbal. I have started giving MGMAT mocks in the month of august and september. Around mid september, I had to stop preparing for GMAT since I was planning to give CAT exam here.

*******MGMAT Test1 -> 600 (Q45 V29) *************************

*******MGMAT Test2 -> 610 (Q45 V30) *************************

*******MGMAT Test3 -> 660 (Q46 V34) *************************

Until Mid November I prepared for the CAT and it went quite well. I must say my ability in Quants and Verbal have a gone a notch high. I have gone for a trip and then again started preparing for GMAT in Dec. I have also booked a Dec22nd Morning Slot. I have started practising with the remaining OG13 problems and started revising my egmat notes.I gave 3 MGMAT mocks in period of 1 week and following are my scores.

*******MGMAT Test4 -> 670 (Q45 V36) *************************

*******MGMAT Test5 -> 670 (Q48 V33) *************************

*******MGMAT Test6 -> 680 (Q45 V37) *************************

So from the above MGMAT scores I noticed that I was not doing well in section wise. Two days before the D-day, I resetted the GMAT prep(Since I have given one 7 months back) and gave GMAT Prep Test2 and got 660(Q50 V30)! I was quite shocked and tried to analyse the shortcomings. I was not planning to give a mock before the D-day,but after seeing my 660 score I gave a GMAT Prep Test1 on the day before D-day and got 730!!

*********GMAT Prep Test2 -> 660 (Q48 V26) *************************

*********GMAT Prep Test1 -> 730 (Q48 V26) *************************

I was quite happy but I have realised that fatigue playing a key role here. I am quite confident of solving any question that I face but I need to maintain exam stamina to replicate 730 again.Furthermore, I haven't practised AWA at all. Once I have gone through the chinese burned template long long back.So the day before the D-day, I practised a essay and got an idea on what to write on the exam day.

Finally on the D-day, I wrote the AWA quite okay. I thought I didn't do quite well in IR. In Quants, I guessed only one question somewhere in middle and rest all I solved with 3 minutes left. In verbal, I felt I was not doing well in sentence correction and was always racing against time. Finally when I saw the score, I was not quite sure how to react! 690 is a good score but then remaining 10 would have made this GMAT experience sweeter, So near and yet so Far!!!

--GMAT ->690 ->87%
AWA ->5.5 ->81%
IR ->5 ->52%
Quants ->50 ->88%
Verbal ->31 ->61%

I have started writting essays for the Bschools. I am not aiming for top10 colleges. Furthermore, It is too difficult for me to bear the complete fees,so I need scholarship.Now considering R2 deadlines close, Should i retake GMAT? I am quite confident I can tun around and get 730 by January end. So If I get 730 by January end, is there any chance of getting scholarships in R3?

Suggestions are invited

@bb,@bunuel I have gone through all the retake threads and quite confused.Your suggestion is needed. Thanks for your time

I think 690 is a long shot for top 10 schools with your demographic of Indian IT Male
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25 Dec 2014, 06:56
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Like I said in the post,I am not aiming for the top 10 colleges and I work for a product based company(so Non-IT) .So any chances of scholarship with 690 considering I highlight my profile in the best way possible?
also Should I go for one more retake?If I get 730 or so, any chance of scholarships in R3 ?

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25 Dec 2014, 07:57
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Like I said in the post,I am not aiming for the top 10 colleges and I work for a product based company(so Non-IT) .So any chances of scholarship with 690 considering I highlight my profile in the best way possible?
also Should I go for one more retake?If I get 730 or so, any chance of scholarships in R3 ?

If you plan to apply to schools listed on the left, I think for most of them you are OK with your GMAT.
If you plan to apply in R3, places are limited, competition is fierce since you are competing with guys wailisted in R1 and R2 and scholarship fund is almost gone.
Please review debriefs of other applicants in "Share GMAT Experience" and you will find a lot of advice, since your situation is not unique.
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Like I said in the post,I am not aiming for the top 10 colleges and I work for a product based company(so Non-IT) .So any chances of scholarship with 690 considering I highlight my profile in the best way possible?
also Should I go for one more retake?If I get 730 or so, any chance of scholarships in R3 ?

As a general rule of thumb, if you really feel that you can improve significantly - of course, retake the GMAT.
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