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Hi guys,
I have recently taken the GMAT and my score was 640 (Q:49 V:28). I am not a native speaker that's why the poor verbal. What do you recommend me do? Should I retake it? I am interested in MSF in Boston College, Vanderblit, George Washigton University and MFE in Baruch. What do u think are my chances to be accepted? My gpa is 3.5.

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  • ninja's picture

    2 months but my worst scores were 640 and in Kaplan. In the official test i scored around 700.
    I dont know maybe in the first verbal questions i was unlucky and they hampered my score.
    I think with a 3 week performance i will be ready again for retaking it.

  • breakinginnew's picture

    @ninja--I recently took the gmat too and the way the works being unlucky in the beginning won't have a significant impact on your score. (it adapts the entire time not just after the first few Q's like most ppl suggest)

    Sounds like you either had a bad testing day or you were nervous etc...make sure when you do practice tests to replicate testing scenarios as much as possible. Try and only take 8 minute breaks like you are allowed. I reccomend manhattan gmat review products and their practice tests. (they have an 8 book set, one for each type of question, so you can figure out if you need help with sentence corrections or whatever etc)

  • PossumBelly's picture

    I agree with Anthony and somewhat with breakinginnew. I think the math is far more coachable than the verbal. I scored in the 99th % on the verbal but I know next to nothing of the "rules" of English (had never even heard of gerund until i saw it in my mgmat book), which are fairly confusing. Maybe that just means I would be a bad coach. But just by practicing, under timed conditions. you should be able to improve your reading comp and CR skills considerably.

    It is not true that it's "700 or bust" a 670 or 680 are both attainable and vast percentile improvements.

  • drexelalum11's picture

    You should definitely retake it if you think you can improve the verbal, but recognize that it is not just a function of being a non-native English speaker, or of a lack of command of the English language; the GMAT verbal section is quite similar to the SAT verbal, which is quite similar to the PSAT verbal, which is quite similar to the myriad other standardized tests US students take from the time they are eight. I have British friends who struggle with GMAT verbal simply because they're not used to the format, so realistically, if you do practice with the format, you should be able to improve on your current score.