Ask Kate: GMAT Lower than Practice Tests

Make sure you have the fundamentals down before taking the GMAT.       I took the GMAT for the first time today and scored a disappointing 610 (Q45, V28). I was particularly shocked when I saw my verbal score. Despite being a non-native english speaker I scored V41 and V39 on my two GMATPrep … 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: 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: Low GMAT Scores can be Overcome with Great Application

No matter your GMAT score, you need to have a compelling application.     Hi Kate, Thanks for offering your advice. I just took the GMAT for the third time and got a 42 quant, 41 verbal for a 690 overall. The quant is obviously quite low but is not going to go up at … Read more

Ask Kate: Good Overall GMAT Score with Low IR

A low IR doesn’t keep top MBA programs out of reach, but is still worth retaking the GMAT for.     hi! I took the gmat this week and scored 720 – 47 on Quant and 42 on verbal, but only a 5 on IR. should i be concerned about the quant + IR for … Read more

Ask Kate: 750 GMAT Score with Low IR

Does a Low IR call for a GMAT retake?     Hi Kate, I am a Senior graduating from an ivy league school summa cum laude (4.0) with lots of extra curriculars. I am not a “diverse” nor “legacy” candidate and intend to apply to HBS 2+2 R3. I took the GMAT once, scoring a … Read more

Ask Kate Perfect Quant sucky Verbal GMAT Score

Having a good verbal score on the GMAT is may determine your MBA success.     Hi, I recently took my gmat and i scored a 680 Q51 and V 30 . AWA 6.0 and IR 8.0 . Can you tell me if i should retake the exam? Hi Sid, great work on the GMAT … Read more

Ask Kate: Verbal Abilities Affect Overall GMAT Score

Your GMAT study plan is critical.       i took my gmat today and score 500 (q43,v 18). i am shocked. i took gmat prep test a day before and score were almost similar 550(q44, v20) . i am a non native speaker of english please suggest when should i retake the test. Hi! … Read more

Hi!

Well, good news bad news. I wouldn’t retake just because of the IR. That hurts certainly, but it isn’t going to kill your application. BUT, you have low verbal and low IR which points to potential problems with comprehension or reasoning at fast pace.

For everyone, if you want a great chance at school in the US, you really need to get that verbal score up. V 38 says to schools that you function very well in English and they won’t need to worry about your comprehension/reasoning skills in class.

So . . . since you need to give more effort to verbal anyway, also put a little time into the IR. The good news – once you get your verbal score up, your IR score will likely come up naturally.

Best wishes!
Kate

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: GMAT Score Dropped After Retake. Should I do Another Retake?

Hi Kate Thank you very much for your feedback. I am a European candidate and my target schools are Booth, Haas, Kellogg, Sloan and Stern. I have taken the test twice. The first time I took the gmat was on January 2015: Jan 15: IR 3 (25%), Q45 (63%), V41 (94%), T700 (89%) I was … 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

What Your GMAT Score Means

Composition of a 700 – updated June 2019 GMAT scoring is not obvious at first glance and many instructors and consultants focus on percentiles rather than the scaled scores, fueling more confusion. If you have read that business schools “need to see 80th percentile” in both quant and verbal and that you need at least … Read more

Answer for GMAT 640 (Q49/V28/IR6/AWA5)- MSc finance

Good news, bad news.   While MS Finc is a very quant based program, 640 is not competitive in the top 15 schools. I’m less familiar with those below that. The 49 is okay, but because the MS Finc is a quant based program, a 49 is basically at the LOW end of the scale … Read more

GMAT 730 (Q48 V41, IR 5, AWA 5.5) – Planning for INSEAD or top American MBAs

Hi Kate ! I recently passed the GMAT for the first time with the mentioned score above. The only disappointment I have is with regards to my IR score, during my practice tests I almost always got an 8, once got a 7. I emigrated to Canada from Europe, where I graduated from undergrad a … Read more

Answer for How do I start my GMAT preparations from scratch?

As others have stated, do start with a practice test. To be more specific though, start with the practice test from the GMATprep software that you download for free at The Official GMAT Website. It is the only one authorized to use retired test questions and as of this writing is still the most consistent … Read more

The Shorter New GMAT April 2018

Should you retake the new GMAT if you already have a reasonable score? Given the GMAC announcement of the shorter, new GMAT this past week, I have started getting a barrage of questions from students who had only recently officially considered themselves “finished” with the GMAT. Here’s my advice in brief: If you thought you … Read more