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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 16 Feb 2018, 00:49
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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New post 27 Sep 2018, 11:04
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, 06:55
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.

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New post 14 Dec 2018, 05:19
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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Will business related with government count as work experience?
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New post 15 Feb 2019, 04:33
Hi guys,
On 14 February 2019 I took GMAT exam and got 740 (Q50, V40)
However I performed too bad on IR and AWA.
I got 5 IR and on AWA I wrote 5-6 sentences.

Should I consider retaking?
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New post 15 Feb 2019, 05:10
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Hi guys,
On 14 February 2019 I took GMAT exam and got 740 (Q50, V40)
However I performed too bad on IR and AWA.
I got 5 IR and on AWA I wrote 5-6 sentences.

Should I consider retaking?
No, you don't need to take the GMAT again. You could wait for your AWA score to come in to take a final call on this, but AWA has never really been that important. Your IR score is fine (not "too bad"). It could have been better, but it's not a red flag.
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New post 15 Feb 2019, 05:18
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actionscript wrote:
Hi guys,
On 14 February 2019 I took GMAT exam and got 740 (Q50, V40)
However I performed too bad on IR and AWA.
I got 5 IR and on AWA I wrote 5-6 sentences.

Should I consider retaking?
No, you don't need to take the GMAT again. You could wait for your AWA score to come in to take a final call on this, but AWA has never really been that important. Your IR score is fine (not "too bad"). It could have been better, but it's not a red flag.

Thank you for your answer
I just got nervous after V and Q as I thought my performance was not good
I will ask this question again as soon as I get AWA score

Thanks again
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New post 21 Apr 2019, 23:53
You can take the GMAT no more than five times in a twelve-month period (i.e., one year). You cannot take the GMAT more than eight times in your entire lifetime. Make sure you consider this GMAT retake policy when you're deciding if and when to retake the exam.
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New post 24 May 2019, 07:17
Hello everyone

Can anyone give me access to Official GMAT Practice Tests 3/4?
I'm short on funds to purchase it myself. Thanks!

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New post 15 Jul 2019, 02:47
This is great advice! I'll be using this post to see if I even need to retake further test(s).
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New post 15 Jul 2019, 23:51
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Hello everyone

Can anyone give me access to Official GMAT Practice Tests 3/4?
I'm short on funds to purchase it myself. Thanks!

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Also, check the college fees which you targeting so that later it should not be difficult.
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New post 20 Jul 2019, 10:34
Awesome post bb !

Quick question - I am retaking my 710 (Q47,V40), mainly to improve my quant score because I do not have a quant heavy background and will be applying to top 10/15 US programs. I have taken the test 3 times (650 - March 2019, 620 - April 2019, and 710 - July- 2019) but had cancelled my first two scores. Given that this next (and final) retake will be my fourth time, and the three scenarios are 1) I score worse/same and cancel 2) I score the same but with a better quant and accept 3) I score better and accept, do you see any potential drawbacks to this situation? I understand that admissions like to see a directional trend, but I also do not want to shoot myself in the foot my adding another cancel to my record.

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New post 06 Aug 2019, 02:02
Hi All,

It is great to see the information/opinions you people are sharing in this forum. I need help if someone can guide me a bit.
I took my first GMAT in Sep 2017 and scored 640 without any preparation (Just OG and 2 GPrep Tests). That time I was not so serious about MBA as I am now. This time since May 2019 I am preparing for GMAT and started taking GPreps since July 2019.
My Gpreps scores were:

Gprep 1 : 740 (Q50 V40) 17th July
Gprep 2 : 660 (Q44 V37) 20th July.(Was not well and took medicine before the test so I feel maybe that hampered my performance.
rest cant say!)

Gprep 5: 710 (Q46 V41) 25th July
Gprep 6: 700 (Q49 V34) 26th July

Gprep 3: 700 (Q50 V35) 1st Aug
Grpep 4: 720 (Q50 V36) 3rd Aug



All Gpreps were taken in test conditions i.e. breaks and all. I attempted verbal as the first section, quants second and afterward IR and AWA. Also, All Gpreps were separate and no question was a repeat of any earlier. Just before the test day, I don't know what happened but I was quite tensed. I even caught a cold due to some weather allergy. On my test day, I had to take a medicine for allergy (Allegra) so as to stop sneezing.

I was tensed before my test and as the first question popped up on my screen I was blank i.e. it was an SC question and I took 3 minutes to answer it! I was panicking in my verbal section this whole time and messed it up big time. After the first break when I started Quants even then I was panicking though somewhat less than Verbal. I felt Verbal and Quants questions to be harder than those in Gpreps. I don't know even that If felt questions to be harder because I was panicking or they were hard in actual! My final scores were: 610, V26 Q48. I didn't accept my scores as this was not I expect from myself. I am planning to retake the GMAT around 21st of August now.

Any piece of advice or suggestion?
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New post 06 Aug 2019, 02:43
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It's sad that your GMAT score wasn't upto your potential. From your GMAT prep scores, it is evident that your preparation is upto the mark but it was just a bad day. I'll advise you to take a mock just to gain a little confidence and have an idea about where you stand right now without thinking of your GMAT score. Do not eat outside food a few days before the GMAT and try to abstain from exposing yourself to variation in weather.
All the best for the D-Day!

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New post 16 Aug 2019, 05:28
Hi ,
I just gave the GMAT for second time and my scores for both attempts are - 1st try - 600 ( Q42 V31) 2nd Try - 680 (Q46 V37)
Now I am planning to give a third try to breach the 700 barrier. However as i want to apply to R1 in October ,I only have 2 weeks for my final attempt, can anybody give me any tips or advice.

P.S - I think my verbal score was low on the test day , usually i get around V40 in practice runs, I am however only 66% correct in S.C
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Should I retake (possibly cancel)? 730 (46 Q, 44V, IR8)

Hello everyone!

I just took the GMAT today and scored a 730 (46 Q, 44V, IR8)
First of all I'd like to recognize that 730 is indeed a great score and I am grateful that I received such a score!

However, I am wondering if I should cancel the scores or retake the exam once again to push for that 760+ and would appreciate all of the advice I can get.

A little bit of background about me - I am from India but I am currently studying at the University of Pennsylvania (C'20), majoring in Mathematical Economics with a minor in Computer Science. I have a pretty subpar GPA (3.0), due to reasons such as not really being obsessed with my grades and thinking they do not really matter and taking on several quantitative and challenging courses that are not required for my degree.

My results for the official GMATPrep tests have been:

Test 1 (Mock with no prep at all) - 680 (Q44, V39, IR5)

I read over MGMAT Quant books (- Advanced GMAT Quant), MGMAT Sentence Correction, and worked through the problems in OG Quant & Verbal Review 2019.

Test 2 (Mock with a week of prep) - 760 (Q50, V42, IR8)

After this point I did not really do any prep as such apart from going through some similar questions as to the ones I got wrong or going through my error log occasionally. None of the tests were reset at any point.

Test 3 - 760 (Q 50, V42, IR8)

Test 4 - 740 (Q49, V42, IR8)

Test 5 - 740 (Q48, V44, IR8)

Test 6 - 780 (Q50, V48, IR8)

During the actual exam, I mainly struggled with my pace and time management on Quant. I had to really speed through and guess most of the last 6-7 questions, and I spent a lot of my time on several questions in the middle. I still have the entire OG 2019 unsolved, the MGMAT Advanced Quant book, and 5 Veritas Prep tests remaining with me. To be quite honest, I am most definitely thinking about retaking the exam as I know I can most probably do better in Quant, given that it is actually my strong suit. I am seeking any helpful advice in terms of addressing my Quant problems and resources to use, and I was wondering if I should cancel my scores as retaking after receiving 730 makes you look like you're obsessed with your scores and trying to over compensate?

I apologize for the long post and I appreciate all of the wonderful advice by you all! Thank you.
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