Taking Multiple Tests
Educational Testing Service statistics show that approximately 90% of repeat test takers do better the second time around. Setting aside the problem of cost, it is clearly to one's advantage to put multiple test strategies in place for career planning. Successful admission into and graduation from a GMAT program conveys a financial advantage that will justify the cost, time, and effort. In other words, the additional costs associated with a multiple-test strategy are justified by the rate of success. Taking a big test like the GMAT only once puts a great deal of pressure on the test taker, who must develop a somewhat anxious attitude toward the results. Should a single test derail a person's long-time career goals? Planning to take a test two or three times is a far more comfortable prospect than a "one and done" approach.
However, even with the advantage conveyed by a multiple-test strategy, it is important to integrate your plan with appropriate study guides, practice exams, and review courses. When developing a multiple-test strategy, it is important to consider testing dates, which must be scheduled in accordance with the admission schedules of educational institutions. If a college undergraduate or graduate program sets a specific deadline for the receipt of application packages, it is important to meet those deadlines. Therefore, an applicant test taker must schedule the first examination with sufficient time to study and review between test intervals, and also with enough time to meet the educational institution's application deadlines. Scheduling a second test within a week of an educational institution deadline may not allow for enough time to meet the deadline. College program admission packets require great attention to detail and, in spite of the fast turnaround times in online standardized testing, things can go wrong.
Assuming that you will schedule your re-test within the time constraints imposed, there is much to be learned from taking a test a few times. Test takers report being far more relaxed and comfortable the second time around. You are by now familiar with the testing environment and the types of questions that you must answer. A significant advantage is conveyed merely by having some familiarity with the time intervals allowed for timed test segments. A multiple-test strategy can build confidence, as the test taker becomes familiar with areas of both strength and weakness. In addition, the test taker will have some idea of the types of reasoning employed, and may develop other, more beneficial approaches to problem solving.
Last Updated: 03/01/2017