Student has taken the GMAT twice, but no improvement. What next?
Hi KATE, GREAT WORK!!!
I have given GMAT twice. Unfortunately ended up with same overall score of 650.
1st Attempt – Q-42 V-36
2nd Attempt – Q-47 V-32
Should I retry? I am targeting at Top B-school programs only. I worked on my Quants and improved it by 5 points and I really feel that at 49 is achievable as I have got it in my practice tests many times. What are your suggestions? Is it worth trying again? If yes then what can I do to get back to at least 36 in Verbal? My SC is fine. Problem areas are CR and RC!
Bummer to have your verbal drop. Low verbal completely mutes a decent quant score. If your objective is over 700 . . . that verbal needs to come up past the 36. Technically you can earn 700, even 710 with a verbal of 36, but that is very difficult to do and requires an almost perfect quant. With a quant of 49/50 and verbal of 36 you are likely to just barely scrape 700. (there are high and low 49s, etc.)
IF CR and RC are a problem, you’d be wise to spend some time fixing those before school anyway. Start with a Logical Reasoning book. I like ManhattanLSAT’s Logical Reasoning book. Chapters 2 and 3 are the keys to get your head wrapped around. Spend 2 weeks focused on that and then switch back to GMAT prep work.
Aim to increase your verbal as much as possible. It will make you a better candidate overall and make your mba experience much more productive. Good luck!