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When is the best time to retake GMAT? [#permalink] New post 11 Dec 2004, 13:00
I just took the GMATs this morning. Scored 590, which is better than the average for 3 of my safety schools but less than the 630 average for my target school.

My question is: should I send in my application to my target school and see if the 590 is acceptable or wait to take the GMATs again, hopefully scoring higher and the apply?

Do schools look at the application and say "well we like you as a candidate but you need higher GMAT scores" and then allow me to take them again? Do schools look negatively at scoring lower on subsequent attempts or do they just take the highest score?

Please advise. Thanks.

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Re: When is the best time to retake GMAT? [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2004, 21:40
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I just took the GMATs this morning. Scored 590, which is better than the average for 3 of my safety schools but less than the 630 average for my target school.

My question is: should I send in my application to my target school and see if the 590 is acceptable or wait to take the GMATs again, hopefully scoring higher and the apply?

Do schools look at the application and say "well we like you as a candidate but you need higher GMAT scores" and then allow me to take them again? Do schools look negatively at scoring lower on subsequent attempts or do they just take the highest score?

Please advise. Thanks.

Steve


Schools look at the application holistically and place your GMAT score in the context of your entire application. They will weigh your GMAT score given your GPA. They will also look to see if the score is balanced or if you were particularly weak in that area and if there is evidence of a general weakness or just a bad test day. AMong the factors you shoudl consider: Is this the first time you took the test,? do you think you can improve it? Are you willing to apply third round or next fall?

So without knowing the school or more about you, it is very difficult to say whether it makes sense for you to apply with your current score to take it again. Our article "MBA Admissions: Low GPA/GMAT" may help you.

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