Earlier candidates used to think that the GMAT was a onetime affair. This was primarily due to the fact that GMAT used to be a very costly proposition, both monetarily and effort-wise. However, recently people have been considering GMAT test retake, thanks to the increasing competition, decreased gap of time between two consequent attempts of the test and the increased purchasing power of people. While re-taking the GMAT is a healthy sign of progress, some re-attempts of the GMAT are fairly futile. This essay aims to give you all the information you would require about re-taking the GMAT test.
You should think about GMAT Test Retake if,
- You have been performing really well on all the mock tests but got an unexpectedly low score on the day of the test.
- You had a test day panic attack and you are 100% sure about it.
- Your GMAT score is atleast 50 points lower than the average GMAT score of your B school.
You should not think about GMAT Test Retake if,
- You didn’t perform well and expected a not-so-great score on the day of the test.
- You had given up on preparation due to a lot of factors and appeared for the GMAT due to external pressure.
- Your GMAT score is 690 but the number 700 sounds very good and fancy to you.
- Your GMAT score is 10-20 points lesser than the average GMAT score of your dream B-school.
- Your GMAT score equals the average GMAT score of your dream B-school.
Make sure that you follow the thought process below while you are thinking about re-taking the GMAT.
1. Study your score report carefully.
This will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and will you make a solid study schedule that you can stick to this time and reach your dream score. You can also opt to purchase the Enhanced Score Report from GMAC or seek professional help to aid you to understand your weaknesses.
2. Make a practically feasible study schedule and stick to it.
Make a study schedule that you can stick to, and set aside several 2-hour sessions every week where you can study in peace. Don’t forget to brush-up on all the areas of the GMAT, including topics that you already know well. Also schedule time for full-length practice tests, especially if you struggle with timing. Not finishing the GMAT may hurt your score worse than guessing incorrectly on many questions.
3. Give the re-take sufficient time to change the way you are thinking.
Retake the GMAT at least 2 months after your last test. If you take it too soon, you won’t have enough time to study. If your previous score was very low and you aren’t sure where to begin improvement, consider hiring a tutor or signing up for a GMAT prep class to ensure that your retest fee isn’t a waste of money.
4. Make sure that you make your decision right.
Most people tend to lose their motivation after they have started preparing for the re-take of the test. This pushes them to abandon their preparation after having taken the GMAT once and after having prepared for it almost 50% the next time. This just wastes your time and effort and could also have a dire consequence on your confidence. It is important to understand Alexander’s statement here – “I don’t believe in taking the right decisions. I believe in taking a decision and making it right”. Therefore, if you feel you are losing hope somewhere, then make sure you take a deep breath, think about the big picture and then start working again.
Keep in mind that if you get a higher score in GMAT, most business schools will just consider your most recent score, and ignore the previous low score. However, some admissions departments may take the average of your scores.
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