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u think taking the GMAT more than 3 times is frowned upon by admissions?

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New post 05 Mar 2008, 14:01
I don't think so...

altho it depends from school to school...

but postivesoul got into wharton after taking gmat multiple times.

and i know a guy who took gmat 6 times and got into a university here in Canada (York's Schulich program to be exact).


if anything, it shows you are determined.

ppl who say that taking the gmat multiple times is a 'bad thing' are either very arrogant and want others to feel discouraged, or they are just misinformed.

write it again and don't give up until you reach your score.

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i think it depends on the school

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I read UCLA will frown upon a score reports that indicates more than 2 takes.
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New post 05 Mar 2008, 15:12
No, not at all. According to MGMAT you have 4 trys b/f red flags start to pop up.

If ur scores are sporadic, then that might be a serious problem. I.e first time 650. Second time 520. Third time 590.

That would raise some red flags.

But if its more like 620, 650, 690. Then I dont see that as a problem at all. Shows ur improving and determined.

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New post 05 Mar 2008, 16:03
As mentioned before, it depends on the school.

Anderson: the only school that I have heard of that will average your scores if you take it more than twice; they take a tough stance.

Kellogg, Wharton, Harvard, Stanford, Darden, Haas, Chicago, Ross, Yale: to the best of my knowledge, these schools will either ask how many times you have taken the test, your two highest scores, all of your scores, or some combination of these criteria. All of them, however, claim that they look at your highest score. Chicago specifically frowns on taking the test more than 3 times, but they will still take your highest score.

Columbia, NYU, Duke: they just want the highest score, plain and simple

Tuck: allows you to put the highest breakdowns of your score, but I think, in the end, they use your highest score for class avg. purposes.

(Not sure about MIT, those who have applied can better comment on MIT, as well as other schools)

Just because a school asks whether you have taken the test more than twice does not mean you will get dinged if you have; most likely, they will get to see all of the scores in the end, whether they ask for them in the app or not. If you are a well-rounded app, then apply to the school that fits you the best.

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