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New post 10 Jan 2018, 10:46
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Hi guys,

I wrote the GMAT for the first time 3 weeks ago and got a 700 (Q47, V38, IR8, AWA5). I only studied quant because diagnostic tests suggested it was my clear weakness, and that was on and off for 6 weeks in ad hoc fashion. Based on my ESR, SC is holding me back from getting a V43-45 (it's considerably lower than my CR and RC), and I believe that I can push my quant to at least 49 with a more disciplined study regimen.

I studied at a small Canadian school (commerce degree) and have a poor GPA, so I'm wondering if it's worth retaking the GMAT as a matter of improving the academic side of my applications. I begin full time work soon, so any applications would be for 2019 at the earliest.

Any advice would be highly appreciated!

If your username is a reference to a certain orange-haired fellow, then that's pretty funny. :)

Three different thoughts about retaking:

  • In general, if you think you can improve your score, why not do it? You're saying that your studying wasn't consistent, and you think you can get a 49... and I'd argue that SC is the most learnable part of GMAT verbal. So you're leaving points on the table right now. Might as well go get them, right?
  • Depending on where you want to get your MBA, the score might be fine the way it is. You're in the range for pretty much any Canadian school, for example; if you're targeting elite (say, top-15) U.S. programs, then a 700 + low GPA + relatively unknown undergrad program probably won't do the trick.
  • #covfefe (Ignore this bullet if I've misinterpreted your username. :grin:)

It doesn't sound like you have much reason NOT to retake, but if your MBA goals are relatively modest, then you might be fine.

I hope this helps, and welcome to GMAT Club!


Appreciate the advice GMATNinja. For the record, you're correct about the reference, though the name choice is definitely not an endorsement. :-D

I have a few more questions - I am beginning full time work soon that will require me to study for a certification within the first few months in the job. What kind of regression can I expect in quant capability from several months of little to no GMAT study? As well, do you suggest any quant and SC improvement plans for someone that would be studying after work on weekdays and/or on the weekends? (For quant, something to push a 47 to a 49 or 50; for SC, a plan to improve a 24 subscore into line with my other subscores above 40).

Thanks again!
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Hi all!

Currently I have a huge dilemma about retaking GMAT. Score: 690 (V37; Q48; IR 6)
Actually, 690 is my real ability; therefore I need around 6 weeks of hard work in order to reach 700+ score.

There is no problem for me to study more and retake, but I am concerned about time. In my case, money is a big deal; therefore I strongly need a scholarship :angel: So, is it better to apply in January with the score 690 or in early March with the score 720-730? As far as I know, the earlier an application is submitted the better is the chance of receiving a scholarship.

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Hi all,

I've only been on this forum for a few days (opened an account two days before my GMAT). Since you guys are so knowledgable and helpful, I would appreciate some advice. I scored 750 (50Q, 41V) with IR:8 (haven't received AWA score yet). I did do several practice questions on this forum, but the actual GMAT was the first full exam I had taken. Is it worth a retake (along with a month of studying)? If any other info would be useful, please let me know.

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New post 18 Feb 2018, 04:41
Need Experts' advise or any body who can help!!

Please reply as soon as possible.

I gave Gmatprep test no. 2 today (18th Feb, 2018) and score was 510(V:21 & Q: 39) the low verbal score was because I got the "last ten questions wrong", As I had to rush through at the end of the verbal section.
In Gmatprep test 1(taken on 12th Feb, 2018) my score was 580 (V:28 & Q 42) (I got 3-4 repeat questions in each section quant and verbal)
My exam is scheduled on 7th march, 2018, I want to score at least above 600.
Please suggest will it be possible??
Need help how to dedicate my last 15 days.
I have 2 Gmatprep test left from the Exam pack 1 that I have not taken yet.

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Hey Piyush0731

Work on as many official questions for Verbal till 27th of February. Focus your
preparation specifically on those topics which are still weak for you. You can easily
find which of the topics need work by analyzing the two GMATPrep tests that you
have taken.

On the 28th take the third test(either of the tests from the EP1) and see how you
perform. Make sure to work on your timing the next time you give the exam the
next time around.

You could also read the following post to understand what needs to be done:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-to-do-3 ... 52506.html

If you are still 50+ points away from your target score, I would recommend you
to delay your exam by a month atleast

Hope this helps you!
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