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Hi KDR83,

I’m sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT, but 640 is not a total disaster, right? Your quant score was only four points below your latest practice quant score, and your verbal score was only two points below your latest practice verbal score. That being said, a likely reason for your score drop could be that you have some lingering quant and verbal weaknesses that were exposed on test day. Thus, if you decide to retake the GMAT, you need to spend some time finding and addressing those weaknesses before your retake.

If you do decide to retake the GMAT, feel free to reach back out, and I can provide some specific advice.

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I'm sorry to hear that it didn't go as well as you'd hoped. I want to address a few things you said:

KDR83 wrote:
Funny thing is during my two best practice tests, which were both from the official GMAT website, I felt I was failing the math section and I got a 46 and a 47, this time was the first time I felt confident about the math and got a 42. I did rush the last two problems which were easy but did not have time to calculate them so perhaps that hurt my score significantly? Verbal, I just felt like I was not understanding the passages, normally on verbal I do pretty terribly at sentence correction but miss zero or one on all the other parts, this time I felt less confident on that section. I think I want to retake the test, I am going on vacation for Thanksgiving so may aim to retake it mid December. I want at least a 680+ and mostly it is simply for me wanting it, sucks it will cost me another $250 to try again. 1. Inconsistency. Your scores on both quant & verbal have bounced around a lot. Inconsistency in score usually indicates inconsistency in your process: you don't really have a clear plan of attack for each problem, so you're just winging it. Sometimes you get lucky, sometimes you don't. (I'm not saying that this is definitely the case with you, but it often is with students with similar score patterns). Before doing any new practice problems or CATs, make sure you've deeply reviewed to look for holes in your process: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog/2013/01/18/the-worst-mistake-you-can-make-in-gmat-studying/ https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog/2017/10/26/why-isnt-my-gmat-score-going-up/ 2. Ignore how it *feels* The adaptive nature of the test means that if it feels hard, that's likely a good sign - you're getting hard questions. Most people are not accurate judges of the difficulty level of the question they're on, though. It's best just to try to ignore the voice inside your head that's telling you how well or poorly you're doing, because it's probably not accurate. 3. Cost Don't spend any mental energy worrying about$250 for this test, or even another $250 for a third one. You're about to quite a lot more money - and years of your life - on graduate school, so it helps to take a "drop in the bucket" mentality. Worrying about the price of the GMAT is just an added layer of stress that could hurt your performance. Good luck! _________________ Ceilidh Erickson Manhattan Prep GMAT & GRE instructor EdM in Mind, Brain, and Education Harvard Graduate School of Education Manhattan Prep instructors all have 99th+ percentile scores and expert teaching experience. Sign up for a FREE TRIAL, and learn why we have the highest ratings in the GMAT industry! Free Manhattan Prep online events - The first class of every online Manhattan Prep course is free. Classes start every week. ### GMAT/MBA Expert Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 10109 messages Followed by: 494 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Hi KDR83, First off, a 640 is a solid score (it's right around the 70th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here: https://www.beatthegmat.com/ask-an-mba-admissions-consultant-f40.html There's certainly no harm in retesting - and you have the potential to pick up some significant points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. To determine the specific areas that you should focus on, you might choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you. GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich _________________ Contact Rich at Rich.C@empowergmat.com Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts Joined 02 May 2018 Posted: 15 messages I wonder how helpful it is if at all but although I only got a 640 on my GMAT, I did get a perfect score on both the IR section (8.0) and AWA (6.0). I do feel pretty proud of that achievement. And before anyone asks, the order I selected when taking the test was Quant, Verbal, IR, and AWA, so I did not waste too much "brain power" on those sections and as a result got a lower score on the "more important" sections. ### GMAT/MBA Expert Elite Legendary Member Joined 23 Jun 2013 Posted: 10109 messages Followed by: 494 members Upvotes: 2867 GMAT Score: 800 Hi KDR83, Your Essay and IR Scores are both nice achievements - but most Programs do much put much of a 'premium' on either of those Scores (although depending on the number of applicants and the situation, it's possible that those Scores could serve as 'tie breakers' in your favor). I'd still recommend that you discuss your profile and application plans with an Admissions Expert though. 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