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4 Key Elements of GMAT Retake Prep

4 Key Elements of GMAT Retake Prep

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4 Key Elements of GMAT Retake Prep

You didn’t hit your target score and now you’re seriously considering a retake. But you’re still not confident that you have a setup in place to make a better effort the next time.

 

These 4 elements are critical to a successful GMAT retake.

 

Motivation

 

First revisit why you’re going to MBA school and specifically why you chose the school you did.  Your motivation is a key foundation for your retake attempt — no cracks or you won’t make a solid attempt. It’s easy to make it easier on yourself by saying you can compromise on the school but you spent a lot of time deciding which school was right for you and setting your target GMAT score accordingly.

 

Assessment of in-Test PERFORMANCE— Ideally a “Debrief” and TESTING SIMULATION

 

The “debrief” is all about carefully dissecting the detailed score report and more importantly your memory of test day.  It works best if you’ve got an experienced GMAT coach talking you through the assessment of your test — extracting key information that you may have slipped to the ‘back of your mind’ or you thought wasn’t important.  What cost you the most? Time management? Slow starts to questions? Forgotten fundamentals? Figure that out.

 

Testing simulation takes it one step further — an expert GMAT coach “shadows” you through a realistic practice test. Using the latest screen sharing technology and white boarding tools, it’s like a coach is watching you play a sport from the sidelines. How else can a coach know how your performance can be improved.

 

The retake plan

 

It’s key to lay out a plan with a start, middle and finish to get you to your retake date.  Much like the plan you used to prep for your previous attempt (if you didn’t have one then we already know one of the major reasons you need to retake the test), you need to create focus points for your efforts.

 

Make sure there’s a lot of attention to improving process and tackling shortfalls you’ve identified from the assessment and hopefully a testing simulation session with a GMAT performance coach.

 

Bring in freshness to your next attempt

 

Add significant new elements. It’s critical for motivation, belief, energy and breaking free of your past results.

 

What are you going to add to your process this time? More practice testing? Daily drills? An expert coach with experience is prepping for retakes? Testing simulation?

 

Innovation in your approach is key and expert retake specialists can play a big role. The energy that comes with it is critical to powering your way to a higher score on your GMAT retake.

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