Tips for Improving your GMAT Score

Jul 2, 2013
Tags: GMAT, GMAT Prep

Sonya PremeauxSubmitted by Sonya Premeaux, PhD, associate dean, College of Business, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

What to do… You’ve taken the GMAT exam but didn’t get the score you need to get into your business school of choice. Taking the exam repeatedly in an attempt to raise your score is not recommended. However, failing to achieve your desired score the first time around doesn’t mean you should forget pursuing a graduate business degree. Plan to take the test again, but this time you will be armed with the knowledge of how well you did the first time around. Use this information to better prepare for the next time.

Where should you focus your efforts?

There are many study resources available to help you improve your GMAT score. Often, I tell applicants to focus on the area of the exam with the most room for improvement. For example, if you scored in the 90th percentile on the verbal portion, you don’t have a very wide margin for improvement on the verbal section. If, on the other hand, your quantitative score puts you in the 50th percentile, there is a wide margin for improvement. Focus most of your study time and efforts here. Brush up on your quantitative skills and strategies for taking this portion of the exam.

This is not to say that you should ignore the other sections of the exam when studying. You should prepare and practice for all sections. Just make sure you have enough room for improvement in the areas you spend the most time and effort to raise your score to the level needed. Spend your effort on the types of questions you need to improve on most.

The bottom line is that taking the GMAT exam repeatedly probably won’t help you improve your score, but working on your area of greatest weakness probably will.

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