The GMAT: Low Scores, Retaking and Strategies for Success

If you are an MBA aspirant anywhere in the world, GMAT is probably the most important test for you. More than 200,000 students take the test annually. Sometimes you might get disappointing results, or you think you can do even better. Second attempts are real and completely possible.

If you are someone who has felt all that written in the above paragraph, you are not alone. GMAC (Graduate Management Admission Council) allows 5 attempts per year (with a 16-day gap) and 8 attempts altogether. Research suggests that one-fifth of applicants are those who have given the test before.

Think about the positive aspects of your last GMAT attempt. You have already taken the test, at least once. So, you already know what to expect in your GMAT retake. You just have to plan well for your GMAT retake and implement your strategy to achieve your target score.

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Does It Affect Your Admission Application

No. It makes absolutely no difference. You can simply choose to attach your most successful result and get that considered.

Second Attempts Work: It’s natural to have concerns about second attempts. Will retaking the exam make any difference? Will you get the college you have dreamed of, or is it a waste of time?
Research suggests that results significantly improve for the applicants who got less than 600 as their GMAT score. For those who got higher than 600, improvement happens, just at a lower average.

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All you have to do is proceed with a strategy. We are going to tell you how!

Things to Remember When Retaking GMAT


  • Clean State:
    Start with a fresh perspective. The previous approach might have brought you 500, but can it take you further? We doubt it. Go through the updated syllabus of GMAT, and then Micro-analyse your performance on last GMAT attempt. Then bring strategic changes to your plan. Sometimes you might come across weaknesses in your strength areas, work on them too.
  • Create a study plan: At this point, you need to decide – Which section to study first – Quant or Verbal and what sequence to follow within a section? Where to spend time within Quant and in Verbal? And, frequency to track improvement and how?
  • Surround Self with Quality:
    Do not drown in the pile of endless GMAT practice tests and GMAT Preparation material. Select where you get your information from, according to what your strategic plan needs. Not everyone can benefit from the same tests, therefore, choose wisely. GMAT question papers from previous years are available at some online resources.
  • Time Management:
    It does not have to be a specific weakness, it can also be a general weakness that is keeping you from your dream. Chief among those can be time management. If you have taken GMAT classes from a reliable institute, you will know the importance of time management during a high-pressure test.
  • Schedule the test well:
    Spending more than 8 weeks on a reattempt is bound to make you less efficient. Calculate how much preparation time you need and ideally schedule the next test within 6-8 weeks of your last attempt.

So, why to wait? Start your preparation with these GMAT Retake Strategy

Now that you know that this 5 step GMAT retake strategy works, start applying this process for your GMAT retake. You would have noticed that in this process, we only talk about planning. That is the power of planning and setting up a process to achieve your desired GMAT score. Once you have a rock-solid plan, the implementation part becomes easy. Therefore, we highly recommend that you apply the strategies learned in this blog to your GMAT Retake Strategy and increase your chances of achieving your desired GMAT score.

What else?  Put your plan in place and hustle. Need more GMAT help? Check out our GMAT online prep or regular classroom resource pages which are loaded with GMAT advice, tips and more!

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2 Comments so far

  1. The important thing before consider a GMAT exam retake strategy is that you should research about your desired universities and see what policy they follow. For example, some universities select the best score, some the most recent, and very few even select THE AVERAGE score. Hence, for the last type, you need to be careful while giving your first attempt. If you feel the result is not good enough, DO NOT submit the score.

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