I just took the GMAT for the first time a couple of days ago. I received a 680 (43Q, 40V). I was fairly disappointed with the score. I have two questions: (1) What does this mean for the top 15 US schools (e.g., Duke), and (2) What are some ways to improve my quantitative score, while maintaining my verbal score?
As far as the GMAT is concerned, I took one of the MGMAT courses, and I followed the syllabus very closely. So, I felt fairly prepared about taking the actual test. The bizarre thing about the actual test was that I scored a 43 on the quant. section whereas in all my practice tests I scored either 47 or 48. So, I am not sure what happened on the actual test. Talking with the instructors of the course, they said that most people take the GMAT a second time (usually a month later). So, how and what materials should I use as I prepare to take the GMAT a second time?
Really the only school I am tarteting is Duke. According the Duke's website, the 80% Range of GMAT scores for last year ranged from 630 to 750. So, I am trying to figure out is a 680 competitive?
I apologize for the long post. Thanks for your time.