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I took the GMAT today and scored a 680. Should I take the GMAT again?

Background:
I started seriously prepping for the GMAT by mid May. My GMAC official mock results are :
Mock 1 (2nd week of June) - Q42 V32 (610)
Mock 2 (30th June) - Q46 V40 (710)
Mock 3 (10th July) - Q43 V41 (690)
Mock 4 (13th July) - Q49 V39 (720)

GMAT EXAM(15th July) - Q48 V35 (680)

I have 9-6 working hours, so I have been realistically studying around 3 hours on weekdays and 5+ hours on weekends. I took one leave+saturday,sunday before the exam to get myself in the exam mode. Slept for less that 6 hours before the exam (Nerves I guess).

I wont be able to take leave from work and study, so my daily study times would stay the same. I can take the exam again max by the second week of August.
In verbal, SC is clearly my weakest topic, I have tried to cover up, I went through 60% of the OG, studied through coaching classes that I joined locally on the weekends, went through Jamboree and Gmatprepnow videos on youtube.
In quant, speed was my main problem, which got rectified a bit especially during the last week before the exam, I completed 90% of the OG question while pacing myself on the Wiley learning app.

I aim to score atleast a 725+
But I am not sure where to start or whether there is something wrong with my style of studying. I am not really sure whether I will be able to score any higher or maybe 680 is maximum limit?
Any advice would be appreciated, I am open to joining some online course/test series/mentoring if that could improve my chances of scoring higher.

Looking forward to responses !
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I took the GMAT today and scored a 680. Should I take the GMAT again?

Background:
I started seriously prepping for the GMAT by mid May. My GMAC official mock results are :
Mock 1 (2nd week of June) - Q42 V32 (610)
Mock 2 (30th June) - Q46 V40 (710)
Mock 3 (10th July) - Q43 V41 (690)
Mock 4 (13th July) - Q49 V39 (720)

GMAT EXAM(15th July) - Q48 V35 (680)

I have 9-6 working hours, so I have been realistically studying around 3 hours on weekdays and 5+ hours on weekends. I took one leave+saturday,sunday before the exam to get myself in the exam mode. Slept for less that 6 hours before the exam (Nerves I guess).

I wont be able to take leave from work and study, so my daily study times would stay the same. I can take the exam again max by the second week of August.
In verbal, SC is clearly my weakest topic, I have tried to cover up, I went through 60% of the OG, studied through coaching classes that I joined locally on the weekends, went through Jamboree and Gmatprepnow videos on youtube.
In quant, speed was my main problem, which got rectified a bit especially during the last week before the exam, I completed 90% of the OG question while pacing myself on the Wiley learning app.

I aim to score atleast a 725+
But I am not sure where to start or whether there is something wrong with my style of studying. I am not really sure whether I will be able to score any higher or maybe 680 is maximum limit?
Any advice would be appreciated, I am open to joining some online course/test series/mentoring if that could improve my chances of scoring higher.

Looking forward to responses !


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First of all 680 is a good score. I would suggest to know the average scores of your target colleges.
If it is in range then there is no need to appear for Gmat again. In case your score is less, but you have a good profile then also there is no need for Gmat again. Else you can take the test again. From your scores it is clear that your basics are very clear.
The following posts will help you for further improvement.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-go-fr ... 00999.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html
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kuks94 wrote:
I took the GMAT today and scored a 680. Should I take the GMAT again?

Background:
I started seriously prepping for the GMAT by mid May. My GMAC official mock results are :
Mock 1 (2nd week of June) - Q42 V32 (610)
Mock 2 (30th June) - Q46 V40 (710)
Mock 3 (10th July) - Q43 V41 (690)
Mock 4 (13th July) - Q49 V39 (720)

GMAT EXAM(15th July) - Q48 V35 (680)

I have 9-6 working hours, so I have been realistically studying around 3 hours on weekdays and 5+ hours on weekends. I took one leave+saturday,sunday before the exam to get myself in the exam mode. Slept for less that 6 hours before the exam (Nerves I guess).

I wont be able to take leave from work and study, so my daily study times would stay the same. I can take the exam again max by the second week of August.
In verbal, SC is clearly my weakest topic, I have tried to cover up, I went through 60% of the OG, studied through coaching classes that I joined locally on the weekends, went through Jamboree and Gmatprepnow videos on youtube.
In quant, speed was my main problem, which got rectified a bit especially during the last week before the exam, I completed 90% of the OG question while pacing myself on the Wiley learning app.

I aim to score atleast a 725+
But I am not sure where to start or whether there is something wrong with my style of studying. I am not really sure whether I will be able to score any higher or maybe 680 is maximum limit?
Any advice would be appreciated, I am open to joining some online course/test series/mentoring if that could improve my chances of scoring higher.

Looking forward to responses !


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First of all 680 is a good score. I would suggest to know the average scores of your target colleges.
If it is in range then there is no need to appear for Gmat again. In case your score is less, but you have a good profile then also there is no need for Gmat again. Else you can take the test again. From your scores it is clear that your basics are very clear.
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I am 25 year old female Architect from India with 2 years experience as of this june. By the time the session starts next year I will have 3.
But from what I have come across on various forums, thats way below the average experience on most good colleges. I aim to get into one of the top 25 schools. Wouldnt 680 be too low in such a case ?

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kuks94 wrote:
souvonik2k wrote:
kuks94 wrote:
I took the GMAT today and scored a 680. Should I take the GMAT again?

Background:
I started seriously prepping for the GMAT by mid May. My GMAC official mock results are :
Mock 1 (2nd week of June) - Q42 V32 (610)
Mock 2 (30th June) - Q46 V40 (710)
Mock 3 (10th July) - Q43 V41 (690)
Mock 4 (13th July) - Q49 V39 (720)

GMAT EXAM(15th July) - Q48 V35 (680)

I have 9-6 working hours, so I have been realistically studying around 3 hours on weekdays and 5+ hours on weekends. I took one leave+saturday,sunday before the exam to get myself in the exam mode. Slept for less that 6 hours before the exam (Nerves I guess).

I wont be able to take leave from work and study, so my daily study times would stay the same. I can take the exam again max by the second week of August.
In verbal, SC is clearly my weakest topic, I have tried to cover up, I went through 60% of the OG, studied through coaching classes that I joined locally on the weekends, went through Jamboree and Gmatprepnow videos on youtube.
In quant, speed was my main problem, which got rectified a bit especially during the last week before the exam, I completed 90% of the OG question while pacing myself on the Wiley learning app.

I aim to score atleast a 725+
But I am not sure where to start or whether there is something wrong with my style of studying. I am not really sure whether I will be able to score any higher or maybe 680 is maximum limit?
Any advice would be appreciated, I am open to joining some online course/test series/mentoring if that could improve my chances of scoring higher.

Looking forward to responses !


Hi
First of all 680 is a good score. I would suggest to know the average scores of your target colleges.
If it is in range then there is no need to appear for Gmat again. In case your score is less, but you have a good profile then also there is no need for Gmat again. Else you can take the test again. From your scores it is clear that your basics are very clear.
The following posts will help you for further improvement.
----------------------------

I am 25 year old female Architect from India with 2 years experience as of this june. By the time the session starts next year I will have 3.
But from what I have come across on various forums, thats way below the average experience on most good colleges. I aim to get into one of the top 25 schools. Wouldnt 680 be too low in such a case ?

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You belong to an overrepresented pool, India, China etc, being a woman with a three years gives you an edge over the other applicants, however, I'd say you must give the GMAT again, your true potential seems to be a 720+. Give it a shot, you can always cancel your score if it doesn't work out.
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Hi kuks94,

First off, a 680/Q48 is a strong score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the specific Programs that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

If you do choose to retest, then you might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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Hi kuks94,

First off, a 680/Q48 is a strong score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the specific Programs that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:



If you do choose to retest, then you might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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I plan to apply in the first round (increases chances of getting a scholarship ?)
I want to apply to the top 20 schools. Do you think 50 marks gain a month (while working) is a doable target ?

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Hi kuks94,

Raising this 680 by 50 points in one month is potentially doable - but we would need to know a lot more about your performance on Test Day (meaning that we would need to see your ESR), so that we can be sure that you're focusing on the proper concepts and Tactics during this next month. You will also have to hone some specific skills during that time; your CAT/mock Scores show some inconsistencies in your performances (and to earn a 730+, you cannot afford to be getting questions wrong because of silly/little mistakes).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi kuks94,

Did you reach out to any of the admissions consultants here on GMAT Club to get their opinion? Did you make a decision on whether to retake the GMAT?
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Did you reach out to any of the admissions consultants here on GMAT Club to get their opinion? Did you make a decision on whether to retake the GMAT?


I decided on taking it again ! My current score is lower than the average of most schools I want to apply to

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Hi kuks94,

Did you reach out to any of the admissions consultants here on GMAT Club to get their opinion? Did you make a decision on whether to retake the GMAT?


I decided on taking it again ! My current score is lower than the average of most schools I want to apply to

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Got it. If you need advice regarding your retake, feel free to reach out.
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