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# Retake a 3rd time after 650 to 670 improvement?

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28 Dec 2013, 10:25
I took the GMAT the first time in June of 2013, and got 650. After studying for another 3 months (plus working full time) I took it again in December and only improved by 20 points even though on the GMATPrep exams, I've gotten a 700 and 720. I felt a lot more relaxed during the test the second time around and truly believed that I would be able to get to 700, so you can imagine my disappointment when I saw I only improved by 20 points after months of hard work.

My target schools are MIT, Columbia and UPenn, all of which have average GMATs of 700+

Should I retake it a third time in the fall of 2014 (I'm taking the CFA in June 2014 so I will most likely retake the GMAT around Thanksgiving of 2014).

I don't plan on applying to schools until 2016, 4 years after graduating but I'm still concerned about how retaking the test 3 times will look on my applications, or if that is a factor at all.

Any insight is much appreciated. Thanks!

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04 Jan 2014, 14:02
Hi there,

Sorry to hear you didn't see quite the improvement you wanted, though better up than down. In general though schools always take the highest score, so trying twice or three times really is fine, and if it's feasible I would suggest going for it one last time. Good luck and keep us posted on questions and your progress!
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