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"To support this hypothesis, I analyzed the GMAT Club app tracker (post if you want me to add charts), and found less than 5% of Indian applicants, a massive pool, have a GMAT that is less than 760. While that is incredibly discouraging for most people...."

With respect to souvik101990, while this post, en generale, is an excellent motivator as I too prepare for a retake (for different reasons), the logic of the above visceral support is prone to selection bias and and thus, could be a tad bit misleading for the average Indian test-taker (full disclosure: I'm not Indian). By looking at the GMAT Club app tracker, we're not only inferring from a very small sample size of applicants, but also looking at a subgroup (within a category) of people who are highly motivated and very happy to self-report their scores (it's unlikely people who "under-performed" would be as happy to self-report as those who did not).

That said, the rest of the post does a great job (implicitly) advising people to focus on their unique stories etc and provides other perfectly reasonable reasons for retaking. This, I think, is a better use of time/effort than worrying about or revelling in the demographic dilemma (which can be both an advantage and disadvantage in life).

Just my 2 cents...
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New post 15 Feb 2018, 23:49
Hi everyone

Needing some advice on retaking the gmat.

I have done the GMAT twice - first time scoring 700 (40V, 45Q) and the second time (a trainwreck...) scoring 660 (40V, 42Q).

I did quite a lot of work between 1 and 2, including getting a tutor and had massively improved my practice scores (consistently scoring 70th percentile and above on the quant). Needless to say, I was very disappointed with my second gmat. I am nervous my first score is too low for insead given their 70th percentile guidance. I do feel I should be able to crack the 70th percentile based on my skills but clearly have an issue with nerves on the day. I am also running into serious gmat fatigue.

Looking forward to your advice!
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Hi souvik101990

Where can I find the "applicant pool" sizes or which applicant pool does my country belong?

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New post 29 Sep 2018, 05:55
tannerhan wrote:
When you have the option to take the GRE or GMAT, do you think it's better to take the GMAT because of the more difficult math section?

While most people consider the GRE math to be easier, members of a university's adcom will still have a look at your respective percentile score.
Thus, the percentile score would likely still reflect a strength or weaknesses in math compared to the other test takers.


A couple of things that helped me in verbal:

Gmat Prep CAT #1: V42, Q34, 630
Gmat Prep CAT #2: V46, Q35, 660
Gmat Prep CAT #3: V41, Q42, 680

On the mission to improve my quant score, all help is appreciated! :)

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New post 14 Dec 2018, 04:19
I took the GMAT last week and scored 410 (Q32,V15.IR2) .. I didnot finish the IR section, I answered only 6 questions and ended up randomly selecting answers for the rest. Same thing for the last questions in quant and verbal sections.

I need help, I feel so bad .. I am really sad and fee that I wont be able to make it to my top school.

I am targeting top schools like M7 and Insead, as per my application consultant I have a great story(essays), achievements and awards. I am an African male engineer with extended experience and awards

I feel all my other good work is useless and priceless with such GMAT score.

I need you guys to assist me, I really feel down.

US R2 rounds for different schools are approaching so fast. I have one more possiple try for the exam before R2 is over for most schools. Shall I postpone everything to the coming R1 in 2019.

Another problem is : my age
I am 32 y/o and by next year will turn 33 .. I am afraid of that affecting my chances as well.

Please help me !

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New post 07 Jan 2019, 02:15
Will business related with government count as work experience?
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