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GMAT Retake Prep going slow?

gmat retake prep going slow

You didn’t really plan for this.   You knew it was possible that you might have to take the GMAT more than once.


But you hoped you wouldn’t have to.


But here you are — retaking the GMAT.


And it’s not going as fast as you would like.


It’s not just your own fatigue with the GMAT and wanting to get it over with. You’ve disrupted your personal, social and work life to focus on this unexpected challenging hurdle on the way to MBA school. And the people around you are starting to get tired of it.


Not to mention your application deadlines are coming up. You were supposed to be working on your application essays and getting your references together by now. That’s another big time suck — more things to make your life overcrowded.


So why is your retake progress going so slow?


It all stems from one fundamental thing: retakes are different.


So rehashing the same prep plan that you followed before isn’t going yield rapid progress — you need something new.  A radically new plan that brings in new elements that target exactly what a successful retake demands.


Here are some of the key elements:
1. Deep diagnostics: on why you fell short last time.  Far more than a score report can tell you.  You need to look at each stage of your in-question process and figure out what needs work.

2. New tools:  practice problems just aren’t going to cut it anymore.  You need the power of skills drills and testing simulation — and you need the help of specialist GMAT coach who can help you leverage them full.

3. Motivation: you need to get it back to it’s original level. Easier said than done, I know. But you have to look back at why you’re pursuing an MBA and all the areas of impact it’s going to have on your life. That fuel is needed to power a successful retake of the GMAT.

4. Recalibrate:  Not fully understanding the GMAT and how it’s testing you is fatal to retakes. You’ll be fighting the test rather than beating it.

5. Process not Knowledge: the GMAT is all about reasoning and process is as important as knowledge.  You’ve exhausted all the academic stuff with all those practice problems you did.


Now it’s time to focus on how you’re taking the test. Our skill drills and testing simulation sessions are remarkable tools for quickly improving that element of your GMAT readiness


So you can see — if you’re not focused on these key elements — your retake is going to go slow (or worse, nowhere).  The right focus can boost your retake prep speed dramatically.   Otherwise, all the time in world isn’t going to get you there.

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