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# times to take the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2006, 07:59
How many times can one take the GMAT before it is viewed upon negatively? I somehow managed to get 660, 660 and 640 (in that order). I'm not planning on taking it again, but it really bugs me because I know that I can improve on that score. Got much higher doing GMATprep.
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Re: # times to take the GMAT? [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2006, 12:16
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How many times can one take the GMAT before it is viewed upon negatively? I somehow managed to get 660, 660 and 640 (in that order). I'm not planning on taking it again, but it really bugs me because I know that I can improve on that score. Got much higher doing GMATprep.


from what i read around, the magic number seems to be 3.
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 [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2006, 14:48
3 is probably about right, though it will depend on the school. For example, UCLA says something like if you take it twice we will look at the highest score, but for 3 or more we will consider them all, but we don't average them. Other schools have actually said we just look at the highest score no matter how many times you take it.

In speaking with Adcoms, I think there's a general believe that people tend to do a little better if they re-take, so if you re-take and score within the same range, that's not a positive, and a small improvement (10-20 points) will probably not help your application either.
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