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Is it Advisable to Attempt GRE after Multiple GMAT attempts

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Is it Advisable to Attempt GRE after Multiple GMAT attempts [#permalink] New post 27 Nov 2012, 05:55
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I am a B school aspirant and have given the GMAT 5 times with below scores :

GMAT 1 (March 2012): 550

GMAT 2 (May 2012) : 530

GMAT 3 (Augist 2012) :580

GMAT 4 (October 2012) : 560


I gave the final attempt yesterday (26th Nov.). My main problem is that I am not able to perform on the test day. Just 2 days before the exam I had scored a 700 on the GMAT Prep by ended up with 560. Before the exam , I though t that if this time I am able to perform I would click on
cancel score'. But after the exam, I was confident i would score in the range of 650-680 so hit the report scores button, but I was dunbstruck when I saw the dreaded 560 on the screen.
I have a deep desire to attend one of the top B Schools and rather than giving up , I am thinking about giving the GRE. Is it true that the GRE is simpler than the GMAT ? Will it be advisable to attempt another standardized exam after such multiple low scores ??
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Re: Is it Advisable to Attempt GRE after Multiple GMAT attempts [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2012, 10:06
Hi,

This is a tough question. It really sounds like the problem is not the GMAT. The problem seems to be nerves on test day. If it is purely a case of nerves, I don't know if taking a different test will help all that much. That said, you could take a free practice GRE and see if you find it a lot easier. The quant section is certainly easier, but the vocab piece will be new.

If that doesn't seem like an option after you take the test, you will need to find a way to convince schools that it is not an issue with the academics. It is an issue of test-taking. You can do this, by showing explaining in the optional essay they usually provide and demonstrating elsewhere that you can handle the course load. You can do this by pointing outstanding grades in undergrad or by going out and taking a quant related course now and scoring very well. None of this is ideal, but schools do realize that there are a handful of people who don't do standardized tests well. Of course, you will need to do an artful job of telling your story and showing your strengths, but it can be done.

Best, Jonathan
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