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Crushed by the GMAT 590 (42Q 32V)

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Crushed by the GMAT 590 (42Q 32V)

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Hi All-

Congrats to those that crushed it!

I took the GMAT last year and scored a 580 but 83% V and 32% Q. I took the Veritas Quant course and spent the last three months hammering Quant. I just retook the test and scored 590 (42Q 32V). Despite a marked improvement in Quant my Verbal dropped way off.

A Q42 and V38 would out me in the 650-670 range which is my goal. Do schools look at both exams or do I need to retake?

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Not 100% if you should retake but I have a similar problem. I scored a 17 quant and 41 verbal, netting me a 510. I have since taught myself all of the math fundamentals and have only achieved a 600 overal (43 quant, 30 verbal). I dropped 10 points! Anyway here is my question. Did you have a hard time focusing on the reading comprehension/critical reasoning and did it take you awhile to draw conclusions? If you're a recent college graduate you should be capable of a pretty good verbal score because you have been reading a ton of material and have also been accustomed to correct sentence structure because well, you only read well edited textbooks. Congrats on the quant improvement, I guarantee if you relax for the next month and just read more (the economist, wall street journal) I bet your score goes up and you achieve the 650+ you're capable of. You haven't gotten any "dumber," since your first test and I can't imagine the first score being luck, just relax and read.

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