Five times.....yes.....five times......I took the GMAT five times for admission to business school.Was there something wrong with me?For a while, I thought there was but now that I look back....Absolutely not.
Standardized exams are just one of those things that I've always had to work hard at to score decently. I should have taken a hint when I scored about average on the SATs in high school.
My mind just works in mysterious ways and I'm sure that if the GMAT tested for emotionally charged responses, I'd score very well.
Regardless, scoring high on the GMAT is definitely possible when you put in the effort to think like a standardized test taker. This involves various pieces of knowledge, logic, systematic thinking, and a lot of practice.
So...how does one get there?
For me, it was a long road. 2 years to be exact. But it was worth it.
For starters, according to the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC), better known as the guys who make the GMAT exam, about 10% of GMAT retakers obtain a significant gain of 100 points or more.
That 10% takes a lot of hard work but with the right attitude, you can accomplish anything!
What exactly was the end result for me? A 260 point gain! So yes, it's doable!
When you think about it, you have a ton of options to increase your score: self-study, study groups, tutoring, prep courses, and online forums. Which one is thee right one for you is something only you can answer. It will definitely rely on how committed you are, too!
I'll share my experience with you after taking the GMAT each time.