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taking GMAT for 2nd time: don't send any score reports? [#permalink]
19 Jan 2004, 07:38
Here is the situation: I took the exam once and my score was higher than the median for the schools I'm targeting.
However, I think I could do better and am taking the exam in a few weeks. But I understand that 30% of re-takers actually do worse the 2nd time. I'm considering not sending any score reports the day of the exam, and only sending them if I end up doing better (I sent reports after the 1st exam). I know b-schools take your highest score, but a lower score the 2nd time could look bad.
Thoughts on this plan? I know I would have to pay $25 per report after the fact.
You are in a very good position. I would recommend that you send the second set of scores only if you do better. A lower second score, will have the adcomms doubt your first score. Two schools that I applied to accepted my unofficial scores (2nd set) by fax after the app deadline. If you score the exact same, you basically confirm your ability. Manage your marketing strategy to your advantage.