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Hi,

First up, a little about my background: fresh chemical engineering grad from NUS. I want to apply to colleges in the US and in India (IIM-B mainly).
GMAT 1st attempt: 670 (Q45, V35)
GMAT 2nd attempt: 710 (Q50, V36)

My GPA is 3.13/5 and I have a strong internship and co-curricular profile. I don't have any full time working experience yet, therefore I am not applying to the US just yet, but I know with a 710, I may be able to get through with a strong profile. Nonetheless, I know a higher GMAT score would really help compensate for my below average GPA and that could really help. But mostly, I am uncertain about Indian colleges, as they give a higher weightage to GMAT scores than internships or extra-curriculars.
My target GMAT score is 750.

For my first attempt at GMAT, I scored 670 (Q45, V35). I have to admit, I gave myself very little time (just about 2 months, interrupted that too) and rushed to book the test date, without having scored my target score on practice tests. Nonetheless, I did take time to cover the MGMAT booklets for CR, RC, SC and for some topics in quant. I also did OG, Verbal Review and Quant Review.
My scores on practice tests were as follows:
MGMAT 1-6: 670, 680, 690, 680, 680, 690
GMAT prep1: 680
GMAT prep2: 690

By this time, I had recognised my weakness was CR and RC. While preparing for GMAT the second time round, I gave myself an additional 3 weeks wherein I focussed mainly on the Verbal section, using GMAC's question bank, and 2 additional tests from GMAC. I began to feel a lot more confident on verbal and my scores on test preps looked positive. I retook the free GMAT practice tests and my scores were as follows:
GMAT prep1 (retake): 750 (Q49, V42)
GMAT prep2 (retake): 760 (Q50, V44)

GMAT prep3 (exam pack 1): 750 (Q50, V41)
GMAT prep4 (exam pack 1): 720 (Q49, V39 - very disappointing)

For my second attempt at GMAT, I scored 710 (Q50, V36).
On the main exam, I felt really uncomfortable during quant (but still got the score I needed) and was fairly comfortable through verbal (but look what I got :( ). I am extremely disappointed with my Verbal score, as I had put in a lot of effort into it, which reflected on test preps, but then didnt get much better than my first attempt in round 2.

I want to retake GMAT but I'm not sure how to improve upon my score ie. what do I study? and what are the odds that my score will improve?

I know my weakness is CR, but I have gone over all the listed material atleast twice and almost remember the answers without even looking at the question. I have about 2 weeks before I can retake GMAT for a third time, before I can still make a timely submission for my target colleges in India. I would really appreciate if the experts could recommend a suitable study plan.

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Hi paidlukka,

Applying as an international candidate, last date is 2 Feb 2016.

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Hi nehakumar750,

First off, a 710/Q50 is an outstanding score (it's right around the 90th percentile overall), so you should apply to any Business Schools that interest you. With no real Work Experience though, you might find it difficult to get an invite to any Top Ranked Programs though. Since you're ultimately going to be dealing with an Admissions issue, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of them here:

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As an aside on your studies - retaking a CAT that you've already taken almost always leads to 'inflated', unrealistic score results. Since you had taken the GMAC CATs before, each of those 4 'retake scores' was inaccurate. This is meant to say that raising your score to the 750+ level will take some extra work (and you'll have to make some adjustments to how you 'see', and respond to, the Verbal section).

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Hi Rich,

Thanks a lot for your reply. Just edited my post to clarify that only the first two tests were retakes. Gmat prep 3 and 4 were new tests.

Also, like I said not applying to the US now, maybe after 3 of work experience. The idea behind writing gmat now is to explore MBA opportunities in India, as they do not require work experience... (The the job market has not been favorable for me for a long time :(). Not sure if that changes anything about your recommendation.

What resources do you recommend I use to 100% up my verbal score? I have 2 weeks. How useful will it be to redo the question banks and everything that I've done thus far?

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nehakumar750 wrote:
Hi,

First up, a little about my background: fresh chemical engineering grad from NUS. I want to apply to colleges in the US and in India (IIM-B mainly).
GMAT 1st attempt: 670 (Q45, V35)
GMAT 2nd attempt: 710 (Q50, V36)

My GPA is 3.13/5 and I have a strong internship and co-curricular profile. I don't have any full time working experience yet, therefore I am not applying to the US just yet, but I know with a 710, I may be able to get through with a strong profile. Nonetheless, I know a higher GMAT score would really help compensate for my below average GPA and that could really help. But mostly, I am uncertain about Indian colleges, as they give a higher weightage to GMAT scores than internships or extra-curriculars.
My target GMAT score is 750.

For my first attempt at GMAT, I scored 670 (Q45, V35). I have to admit, I gave myself very little time (just about 2 months, interrupted that too) and rushed to book the test date, without having scored my target score on practice tests. Nonetheless, I did take time to cover the MGMAT booklets for CR, RC, SC and for some topics in quant. I also did OG, Verbal Review and Quant Review.
My scores on practice tests were as follows:
MGMAT 1-6: 670, 680, 690, 680, 680, 690
GMAT prep1: 680
GMAT prep2: 690

By this time, I had recognised my weakness was CR and RC. While preparing for GMAT the second time round, I gave myself an additional 3 weeks wherein I focussed mainly on the Verbal section, using GMAC's question bank, and 2 additional tests from GMAC. I began to feel a lot more confident on verbal and my scores on test preps looked positive. I retook the free GMAT practice tests and my scores were as follows:
GMAT prep1 (retake): 750 (Q49, V42)
GMAT prep2 (retake): 760 (Q50, V44)

GMAT prep3 (exam pack 1): 750 (Q50, V41)
GMAT prep4 (exam pack 1): 720 (Q49, V39 - very disappointing)

For my second attempt at GMAT, I scored 710 (Q50, V36).
On the main exam, I felt really uncomfortable during quant (but still got the score I needed) and was fairly comfortable through verbal (but look what I got :( ). I am extremely disappointed with my Verbal score, as I had put in a lot of effort into it, which reflected on test preps, but then didnt get much better than my first attempt in round 2.

I want to retake GMAT but I'm not sure how to improve upon my score ie. what do I study? and what are the odds that my score will improve?

I know my weakness is CR, but I have gone over all the listed material atleast twice and almost remember the answers without even looking at the question. I have about 2 weeks before I can retake GMAT for a third time, before I can still make a timely submission for my target colleges in India. I would really appreciate if the experts could recommend a suitable study plan.


I have one question - do you know for sure that you messed up CR in the actual test? Did you get the ESR for that?
CR is actually very logical - once you understand what each question type expects from you, very rarely will you fumble. People with high Quant scores often score well in CR.
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Hi nehakumar750,

With a V39, you do NOT have a 'weak category' in the Verbal section. While you might perform a bit better in certain areas than in others, there isn't just one thing that you can focus on to pick up the missing points that you're looking for. This is meant to say that those missing points are due to a variety of little 'nit-pick' issues.

1) When you took the GMAT, how was your pacing during the Verbal section? Did you finish early? Did you have to rush to finish (and guess on a bunch of questions at the end)?
2) What time of day was your Test?
3) How long was the ride to the Testing Center?

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So did u got admission in 710 score?

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