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Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 07:00
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I first took my GMAT in sept 2008, got 660(V 33, Q 47). Dissatisfied with the score i decided that i would take it again.
Finally managed to take it this august with a months prepration and was highly dissapointed with my Score, 630(V25, Q50). i knew during my exam that i had screwed up my verbal section because at one point of time i had 20 questions left with only 35 mins to spare(change of strategy on the exam day to give good amount of time to the first 10 questions) :( .

Please guide me if i should take the GMAT again, how will taking it the third time effect my admission changes with top B-schools?
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 08:39
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I first took my GMAT in sept 2008, got 660(V 33, Q 47). Dissatisfied with the score i decided that i would take it again.
Finally managed to take it this august with a months prepration and was highly dissapointed with my Score, 630(V25, Q50). i knew during my exam that i had screwed up my verbal section because at one point of time i had 20 questions left with only 35 mins to spare(change of strategy on the exam day to give good amount of time to the first 10 questions) :( .

Please guide me if i should take the GMAT again, how will taking it the third time effect my admission changes with top B-schools?


Hi Jango,

Schools won't really mind a third time. The main issue comes up with 4th, 5th, 6th, etc. times. The schools then will simply think you are score hunting.

I tried the give extra time to the first problems strategy and do not recommend it. On my second try I used the ~2 min/problem and managed my time much better.

If you kill the GMAT on the third try it will not affect your viability as an applicant.
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 11:27
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Hi,

I first took my GMAT in sept 2008, got 660(V 33, Q 47). Dissatisfied with the score i decided that i would take it again.
Finally managed to take it this august with a months prepration and was highly dissapointed with my Score, 630(V25, Q50). i knew during my exam that i had screwed up my verbal section because at one point of time i had 20 questions left with only 35 mins to spare(change of strategy on the exam day to give good amount of time to the first 10 questions) :( .

Please guide me if i should take the GMAT again, how will taking it the third time effect my admission changes with top B-schools?


Hi Jango,

Schools won't really mind a third time. The main issue comes up with 4th, 5th, 6th, etc. times. The schools then will simply think you are score hunting.

I tried the give extra time to the first problems strategy and do not recommend it. On my second try I used the ~2 min/problem and managed my time much better.

If you kill the GMAT on the third try it will not affect your viability as an applicant.


Curious, how will they know you took it more than 3X...thought only last 3 are on your report?
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 11:48
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Hi phoenix09,

Per GMAC's website:

http://www.gmac.com/gmac/thegmat/gmatscores/

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An Official GMAT Score Report shows each of these scores; in cases of repeat testing, the score report will show all of the test taker's GMAT scores for the past five years.


As long as a score is still within the 5 year window, it will show up on the score report to the schools.
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 14:38
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jango16 wrote:
Hi,

I first took my GMAT in sept 2008, got 660(V 33, Q 47). Dissatisfied with the score i decided that i would take it again.
Finally managed to take it this august with a months prepration and was highly dissapointed with my Score, 630(V25, Q50). i knew during my exam that i had screwed up my verbal section because at one point of time i had 20 questions left with only 35 mins to spare(change of strategy on the exam day to give good amount of time to the first 10 questions) :( .

Please guide me if i should take the GMAT again, how will taking it the third time effect my admission changes with top B-schools?


The question is, do you need a higher GMAT Score? Which schools are you applying to?
If you are below average for the schools of choice (the-pants-pooping-applicant-thread-for-78477.html) - see the second thread, then you may want to, otherwise, 660 is not a weak score....
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 14:38
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An Official GMAT Score Report shows each of these scores; in cases of repeat testing, the score report will show all of the test taker's GMAT scores for the past five years.


As long as a score is still within the 5 year window, it will show up on the score report to the schools.


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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 16:38
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Hi phoenix09,

Per GMAC's website:

http://www.gmac.com/gmac/thegmat/gmatscores/

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An Official GMAT Score Report shows each of these scores; in cases of repeat testing, the score report will show all of the test taker's GMAT scores for the past five years.


As long as a score is still within the 5 year window, it will show up on the score report to the schools.



So is that a new policy?...for some reason I have always though only the last 3 show up..and I thought I remember many people here believing that.....
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 16:46
As far as I can recall, it's always been the five year rule.
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Re: Should I take GMAT the third time?? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2009, 18:12
i suggest that u take the gmat until u achieve your desired score.
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