Saturday, July 12, 2008

It's Over...

Today was my GMAT appointment. After Thursday's GMATPrep Test (610) I was pretty nervous. I got a good nights sleep, woke up, ate a good breakfast, and left with plenty of time to make it to the center. Walked in, read the rules, got fingerprinted, they took my picture, and I was led into the actual testing room. I went through the administrative stuff, selected my schools (USC, UCLA, UNC, NYU, and Wake Forest), then started the AWAs. I felt both of these went fine.

I opted not to take the break in between AWA and Quant. I don't know why, but I just wanted to keep going. Unlike practice tests, I used every available minute for the Quant section. I felt I did a good job here, and gladly took my break before Verbal. Now, my Q had been pretty consistent lately, but my V had started dropping. Once again I found myself on the last three questions with 25 minutes to spare, never a good sign. There were a few questions where it seemed like two answers were perfectly acceptable, and others where none seemed correct. After the exam, I went through the survey and stuff, then accepted my score (I didn't pay $250 to NOT see where I was at).

680. A bit below my target of 700, but above what I had been scoring at lately. My practice tests, in order, were: 580, 600, 660, 700, 680, 650, and 610. So, this score actually sits at the top part of my distribution. Here's the kicker: I got a 44Q/38V split. That's the best I've ever done in Q, but well below my usual mark in V. Had I gotten a bit better on V, I would have nailed that 700 I was looking for! So close!

In all, I can't complain about Q, but I'm fairly upset about V. I had always tested much better on Verbal, and struggled with Quant, and it seemed everything switched at the end. Maybe it was the change from Manhattan GMAT tests to actual GMATs that did it.

Now, I have to decide if its worth applying to my target schools. I know with my GPA it's a hard sell at any of my schools, but maybe it's worth shooting for them anyway.

8 comments:

goneguru said...

There's nothing to be ashamed of in that score. Apply regardless of a retake. If you feel a retake will get you a higher score, go for it.

As for tonight, don't beat yourself up. Go out, celebrate and relax. Good job!

Starwalker said...

I think its a good score, also near your peak.... good job. Don't beat yourself up, This score is not going to be an obstacle to your schools.... Congrats and relax for a day

theincarnated said...

congrats for succesfully taking the gmat..... as long as it is in the "ballpark", I'd never care.... nevertheless, if you think that you have scored much lower than your potential(which should not be the case), then a retake is on the cards(especially if you are an indian).

Regardless, you should take a well deserved break amd party..... relaxxx

HappyBunny said...

YAY it's finanly over. I think it is a good score that is not going to cause problem. Party on... :P I actually booked myself a half day at SPA right after my exam.

ardentmeerkat said...

hi omne, i'm a fellow mba hopeful and new to the blogging world. congrats on being done with the test! (i'm a little jealous, just starting to study). also, i like your profile blurb - brought a smile to my face :o)
-ardent

Maverick said...

Retake or not is purely your call. You are the best person to judge your ability. Anyways, you are due for a celebration. Celebration, I feel, is for the efforts and not for the results and sometimes for results without efforts :)

Don Wilson said...

Did you take a Manhattan course or did you just use the books? I'm using the books to study for a December test date. Any advice?

Bikerguy said...

oh i know how that feels ;)