If you are reading this article, I assume you have already taken your GMAT once or more than once and aren’t satisfied with the GMAT score. All puzzled with the question or decision of whether to retake or not to retake GMAT? Let me remind you once that B Schools do not depend on the GMAT scores solely, but also also consider various other parameters too before enrolling a student. This article is a helping hand in solving your puzzled brain because I know how daunting it can be to go through the whole process of retaking GMAT.
What actually went wrong on the Day?
Panic? pressure? Was my preparation not enough? Was my preparation method wrong?
First and foremost you need to analyze where did you actually go wrong the last time, was it the whole process of the preparation, or did something go wrong on the specific day of the exam ?
Is it worth retaking GMAT? Can you actually afford it?
-Time - Can you actually invest time.
- Do you have that much money to give it again - At times, you might need to chuck your job, are willing or can afford to stay away from the job market and fully invest your time and money in preparation.
Aiming or dreaming of joining a top US B school or European B School needs a great a deal of strategy. So, for some of you or most of you who have planned it well must be already working by now? Have you given a thought over retaking GMAT at the expense of your job is highly advisable. You may have to flip your job for it. Are you ready to fully invest your time in the whole process? Can you afford to stay away from the job market and start studying all over again or afford leaving your job money wise?
- By how much score did you miss your dream university? - For average and below average profiles.
Now comes the score. By how much score did you miss your dream University? Is your GMAT score between 650-700. When you aimed for a 720 and could only receive a 680, you tend to curse yourself in disappoint because you think you missed your dream university for 10 or 20 points. But, there’s no way you underestimate yourself, because most of the candidates retake GMAT and records say they get hike of 10-20 points usually. So, analyze the above points and go for retaking GMAT, you can surely achieve your goals.
- Are you sure whether you will be able to prevent the things happened in previous exam from happening again.
And when you have taken care of all the matters, ask yourself again, are you confident enough that you can prevent all the negative points that took place the last time ? That you can overcome your weaknesses, and you can avoid repeating the mistakes that stopped you from achieving your goals? With a positive answer, you are all set to retake GMAT.
When is it not worth retaking GMAT?
There also comes the time when it is not worth retaking GMAT and go through that same daunting process again and again just because you are not satisfied from your outcomes. There may be possibilities that you can go ahead without going through the pain of retaking GMAT. If you are couldn’t agree on points that state retaking GMAT is actually worth it, you are reading this. And you already exhale a sigh of relief !
-It’s okay to score very good and just good scores too as you still have the chance to get into your dream university. Make your profile compelling.
-Number of times you have applied.
You still have other options to focus other than retaking GMAT.
For the ones who have scored a below average GMAT score which is around 600-650 or below 600, go through all the aforementioned points, ask the above questions to yourself and think logically about retaking GMAT. Because, at the end of the day it is you who has to deal with all the factors. But, if you are disheartened thinking that your dreams of studying in a US or European B school out of hands, then it is advisable to focus on the options or factors other than GMAT. You still have options of going for universities that have criterias that do not focus on GMAT scores. Prepare for them. Also, there are great universities other than the top ones that have great faculty, infrastructure, and financial aids. Focus on European B schools as they have shorter course considering candidates who go with good work experiences. Prepare for an attractive SOP, a great set of recommendations, a good TOEFL score and you are good to go.
But if you are planning to retake, you can refer GMAT Preparation Blog.
When you are all set to achieve your goals remember to perform your best in the PI round, overcome all your weaknesses , give your best and shine bright Folks !
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