The GMAT is a challenging test and it often happens that test-takers feel that they could perform better. In other cases, B-school applicants need to retake the test in order to meet the admission requirements of the programmes that they are targeting.
There are many reasons for not achieving a high enough score when test takers sit the GMAT for the first time. Insufficient preparation, not enough practice with realistic tests, and poor time and stress management during the test can be some of the barriers to a high score.
The good news is that the GMAT can be retaken several times and you only need to wait 16 days before you try it out again. An even better reason to put more effort into GMAT prep is that business school admissions officers welcome more than one GMAT test score and favour the highest of them.
Jon Kaplan, formerly of the Argyros School of Business and now the executive director of Berkeley part-time MBA programmes, explains why you may want to take the GMAT exam more than once:
I don’t think there is any harm in taking the GMAT two or maybe three times to see if you can get the best score. What we do at this school – and I know that a number of other schools that work with the GMAT do – is to take your highest score. So there is no penalty for taking the test again.
In this video, Genevieve Kim, MBA student at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, explains how she took the test three times to improve her score. She highlights several steps that will help you perform better each time. Learn from her experience.
Make sure that you use an effective GMAT preparation strategy to make the most of the GMAT test. A high score is essential for admission and scholarship application and can also be taken into consideration for job applications.