It is very common for management candidates to retake the GMAT. You may feel test-day anxiety or you may have not prepared as thoroughly as you should have. Whatever be the reason, there is mostly feeling of giving GMAT exam again after you have attempted it.
So if you are planning to take GMAT or confused in the first place, read on further to know how to decide whether to retake GMAT or not and what you should be your strategy. If you do retake the GMAT, make sure you take the process and test seriously. You should show improvement in the score.
Objective of Retaking GMAT
Everyone has same purpose to retake the test: to get a higher GMAT score and make your application to business school stronger. But everyone has different reasons on why you want to retake GMAT. It maybe because you have scored below your expectations.
1. Identify Your Reasons Why You Got Low Score
The reasons could be out of your control (you were unwell before the exam) or completely in your control (you didn't complete your preparation).
2. Analyze Your Weak Areas
It is important to know your weak areas first (verbal or quant or reasoning) before you can work out on how you can improve.
3. Re-plan Your Study Schedule
Give more time to practice your weak areas. For example, when you started studying for the GMAT, your strong point was Verbal and you enjoyed solving these problems a lot. You spent more time on Verbal than on Quant. Now you need to reverse the situation.
When not to Retake GMAT
1. You proudly overshot the 80-80 hurdle
If your scores in total and in the individual sections of the GMAT are well above the average scores for the schools you are aiming for, then you don’t need to retake the GMAT. Ideally, you should have close to or above the 80th percentile on both verbal and quant.
Schools use the GMAT as a screening tool. One thing they want to be sure about is your ability to handle the academic program. With these high scores, you have demonstrated this. Use your time and effort working on the other areas of your application.
2. You have already taken GMAT More than 3 times
Many b-schools are happy to see a student take the GMAT two or three times, especially if your score increases each time. However, taking it more than that may serve as a red flag to the schools and show a lack of judgement or an obsessive preoccupation with the exam.