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# Average GMAT score increase on second take?

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12 May 2008, 09:38
I realize each person's GMAT score is influenced by the amount of time spent in prep, but does anyone know if there is an average score increase for the second test?

If people want, please post 1st & 2nd scores. Thanks
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12 May 2008, 10:07
Straight from the horse's mouth. Try this link.

http://www.gmac.com/nr/rdonlyres/ef7d88 ... takers.pdf
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12 May 2008, 10:10
sm332 wrote:
this is not a bad idea ... maybe we can tabulate these efforts in a spreadsheet for those pondering over this decision.

710 ---- TBD

You got a 710 first time and are like me, yet to take it a second time?

I got a 650 the first time. 84% in Verbal and 66% in quant. I used to be much better at Math, but law school pushed me more towards verbal. I guess more prep in both should help. My goal is just the same as most others here: HBS. I have a friend that went to the KSG and another at KSG currently. They want me to apply for the joint degree program MBA/MPP. I've not even looked at the GRE yet.
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12 May 2008, 10:31
1-t55310

I was able to locate it ... good stuff in here.
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12 May 2008, 12:30
I think this is based more on the individual than the test.
1-If you are a nervous test taker, then maybe the 2nd time will be better since you won't be as nervous?
2-If you prepared REALLY well and are not a nervous test taker then the first "real" test should be about the same. I mean, how is it REALLY different from jsut another practice test (If you aren't nrevous).
OPEN QUESTION: Some people that take 20 practice tests, then take the real thing and expect to take 10 more practice tests and see a big improvement the 2nd time. Is there really a big difference between the 21st time you take the test (a REAL gmat) and the 31st time? Does this just mean you miscalibrated your preparation the first time around? Also - how much of a factor do y'all think nerves were the first time around?

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12 May 2008, 12:57
westsider wrote:
I think this is based more on the individual than the test.
1-If you are a nervous test taker, then maybe the 2nd time will be better since you won't be as nervous?
2-If you prepared REALLY well and are not a nervous test taker then the first "real" test should be about the same. I mean, how is it REALLY different from jsut another practice test (If you aren't nrevous).
OPEN QUESTION: Some people that take 20 practice tests, then take the real thing and expect to take 10 more practice tests and see a big improvement the 2nd time. Is there really a big difference between the 21st time you take the test (a REAL gmat) and the 31st time? Does this just mean you miscalibrated your preparation the first time around? Also - how much of a factor do y'all think nerves were the first time around?

-ws

I don't think there will be that much difference between the 21st & 31st. I see posts on here a lot where people get 720, 690, 740 on practice exams, and then are absolutelly shocked when they take the real thing and got a 640 - 660. Immediately, GMAC can't be right and they scored higher. I think you're right on that nerves play a huge part in it, and I think expectations go a long ways to getting someone mentally ready. When I took it the first time, I got a 650 (Q42 [66%], V38[84%]). The percentages were what GMAC said. I got 82% for the entire thing. I didn't pace myself and had to guess on the last 5 or so Quant questions. I did fine of the verbal which is my strong suit since I'm an attorney.

I had no real expectations for the first time around because the school near me I was interested in has okay scores (Full-time average of 620, part-time average of 590), so I was confident that I could get a score to get me in. I'm afraid that if I put too much pressure on myself for this second time trying to get the elusive 700+ that could negatively affect my score since I feel more pressure. I'm confident that I can deal with the pressure (passed the bar exam first time and that cost me over \$3k so I didn't want to do it again, also try putting off getting the salary for a licensed attorney for 6 months. It adds pressure.)

I think I'll just try to be confident in my abilities and if I get 700{, great, if not, I'll be sticking around the midwest Besides, how many people get a great GMAT score and still don't get into their school of choice? Maybe they got into 1 or 2 of the top 5, but not the absolute one they wanted? GMAT is a starting place, not the finishing line.
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03 Aug 2013, 23:49
Hi,

my first score (nov 12) 610
my second score (feb 13) 620
my third score (apr 13) 650

the thing is.. you cannot be stressed during the test... I was most relaxed on my third test..

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04 Aug 2013, 07:50
Yeah my score jumped from 700 to 760 .. a combination of good health, better prep and familirity with the testing conditions
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