Ask Kate: Two Attempts and No Improvement in Overall GMAT Score

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 … Read more

Ask Kate: Will a 670 GMAT Score get me in Kellogg?

A 670 GMAT Score With a Low Verbal: Good Enough for Kellogg?   Hi Kate, I am from Pakistan. I intend to apply to Kellogg, INSEAD and London Business School. My extra curriculars (particularly sports) are strong and I already have an MBA+ Engineering from Pakistan. I worked for 3 years for one of the … Read more

Ask Kate: Will Better GMAT Score Land a Better Job?

GMAT Score Vs. Job Success: Do Higher Scores Affect Better Employment?     Kate, I’m very frustrated, and I’ve messaged you before, but I wanted to reach out again. I have managed to get my Quant score up to 46 on the latest retake, but still cannot crack 700 due to a low verbal score, … Read more

Ask Kate: 700 GMAT Score with 41 Quant

The GMAT: Is It Possible To Dramatically Improve Your Verbal Score?     Hi Kate, I scored a 700 on the GMAT with Q41 and V45, IR 5. I’ve a background in management consulting in Kenya. I’m pretty sure I can write stellar essays and my recommendations will be great. One of my recommenders features … Read more

Ask Kate: When to Retake the GMAT

If You’re Aiming For The Top 15 MBA Programs, You May Need To Take The GMAT More Than Once.     Hi Kate, I just sat for the GMAT and walked away with my unofficial score of 710: 43Q (56%) and 44V (98%) and 8 IR (92%). I’m confident I got at least a 4.5 … Read more

Ask Kate: Is GMAT Retake Necessary, if not Targeting Top 5?

You Should Always Aim For Top 10 MBA Program.   Hi Kate, I recently scored a 700 on the GMAT with a lower quant score than in many of my practice tests, but much higher verbal (Q42 V44). I also did much better on the integrated reasoning than any of my practice with a score … Read more

Ask Kate: What Does GMAT Score Say About My Strengths and Weaknesses?

A Decent Verbal Is Essential To A Good GMAT Score.     Hi Kate I just prepared the GMAT for 1 month and hurried to take it yesterday. First I am Chinese so I’m not a native English speaker. I have been out of school and haven’t taken any test for over 10 years. When … Read more

Ask Kate: How Should I prepare for my Next GMAT Exam Retake?

Knowing How To Prepare For The GMAT Is Crucial.     Hi Kate, Please let me know how I must prepare for my 3rd shot at GMAT? (Yes, I’ve already decided to retake). I’m an Indian IT guy targeting US top 20 MBA programs. So my target score is 730+. Total Work Experience: 7 years … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score with AWA of 5

Does AWA Matter?     Hi Kate, I scored 48 for quant, 40 for verbal, 8 for IR but a 5 for AWA which is a 60 percentile score. Does the AWA affect entry to any of the top schools? Hi GL, the only time I would be concerned with an AWA score is if … Read more

Ask Kate: 650 GMAT Score with Low Quant

No matter why you take the GMAT, a decent quant score is important.     Hi Kate , I just gave my gmat today and was disappointed with my scores 650 q44, v 35 ir 7. I’m planning to go for masters in finance or masters in mangement. Is my score good enough or should … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score Low 700’s, Quant Low 40’s

There’s no such thing as preparing too much to increase your quant on the GMAT.     I have been scoring 99th percentile for verbal (45+), and my math score has been hanging around 45,46,47…if my aggregate score is in the 730/740/750 range, will that still be cause for concern at the top tier programs … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score or Percentile More Important?

Hello, I scored a scaled score of 48 on quant & a 40 on verbal (overall 710). Is this a balanced score? Also, is this good enough for a top 5 school in the GMAT category? A 48 on quant is a 76th %ile when I took it (a 48 is now a 74%ile) so … Read more

Ask Kate: Does Low Quant on GMAT equal Rejection?

How to know if you need to improve your quant on the GMAT.       I just took the GMAT for the first time and got a score of 730(Q47, V44). While I am happy with my overall score, I am somewhat concerned my quant score might not be good enough since it’s below … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score is Great Experience is Lacking

If you lack work experience when applying to an MBA program, your essays need to be top-notch.       Hi kate I recently gave gmat and received 730. Q 51 and v 37 along with IR 6. My verbal score was below average as I was scoring 40+ in the simulated tests. I have … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Study Not Helping

Think the GRE is easier than the GMAT? Think again.     I just took my second GMAT and am disappointed with the results, 39 quant, 44 verbal, for a 680. This score represents only a 30 point increase from first attempt (39q, 41v), with no increase in quant. I purchased study software and completed … Read more

Ask Kate: GMAT Score indicates which Round to Apply

GMAT score determines round. Is it time to up your scores?     Kate, I would love to hear your expert opinion on my GMAT score of 680 (Q47, V37), and this is my first attempt. I’m an Indian male IT guy, and hence a bit concerned about my Quant scores, given the very competitive … Read more

Ask Kate Responses

A Selection of Ask Kate responses focused on the Business School Candidate and Career Switcher. The Admissions Interview: Your Standing You have received an invitation from admissions for an interview. What does that mean for your chances of being admitted? Kate explains in this video what an interview means in relation to your standing with … Read more

GMAT Self-Paced Preparation

For students who need to prepare for the GMAT and want guidance but are’t ready to commit to tutoring. Bite-sized lessons you can mix and match to build your own study sessions.

GMAT Prep on the Cheap

Time to crush the GMAT once and for all. Your goal is to focus your study based on your strengths and weaknesses to hit your target score as efficiently as possible. As you visit the main math and verbal pages you will see the modules you need to use for improvement. I’m certainly biased toward … Read more

Americanize My English

You may need more practice to Americanize your English and improve English grammar before taking the GMAT. Think you need to Americanize your English, or improve English grammar? Not sure where to find the best GMAT English resources? Most of my students are considered strong English speakers by the time they consider taking the GMAT, … Read more