Getting a good score in your GMAT
Posted on June 4, 2020
If you are taking the GMAT exam for admission to a management program, most universities will only consider your best score. If you have taken the test multiple times, you can choose to include your best score in your university applications. However, it is better to confirm with the university you are applying to before submitting your scores.
Your best score or good score in the GMAT is a subjective matter. This is because your best score is determined by where you intend admission for your GMAT program.
You can only work out what it takes to get there when you know where you want to go. Get a clear idea of which MBA programs you would like to be a part of. At this point, don’t let GMAT cutoffs or academic requirements distract you. This will come later.
When you’ve got a list of these courses, compile an average of all their GMAT scores. This is what you should aim for as your GMAT score.
Your target score
First and foremost, recognizing the difference between a good GMAT score and your Target GMAT Score is very important.
There’s likely to be a disparity between your skills and your self-expectations. Often the score you want, and the score you can gain are very different from one another.
Mock tests can help
Official GMAT mock assessments provide you with the easiest and most accurate way to gauge the final score you can expect.
And, on the official mock exams, the scores you get are a clear example of what you can expect to gain on the real GMAT. But you don’t need to prepare before you take your first official GMAT mock exam.
Before taking your first mock GMAT it is necessary to attempt it without prior preparation. The score that you get when you’re unprepared is your baseline. If you have a strong baseline, you will be in a good place to calculate how much work it will take to increase your score.
Having a mentor will help
If there is a major difference between your ‘good GMAT score’ and what you got on your diagnostic test, you might get demotivated altogether.
It is here that a third person comes into the picture who recognizes your ability. Using such a neutral third person in the picture helps you get a balanced perspective. That’s basically why you must be very cautious when selecting a mentor. You must make sure they provide a neutral perspective and not one that’s loaded with bias.
Professional mentors are great at determining what you need to know about your abilities. In addition, they know what the B-Schools are looking for.
Aiming for a higher score
Suppose the score you got in the mock test was 650, and now you want to aim for 680, then you will have to try your best in the second mock test to achieve your target score. If you manage to do this nobody can question your ability to achieve your target score and you will be able to assess if you can or cannot get a higher score.
Based on your experience in the second mock test, nobody can now doubt your ability to achieve your target score and more importantly, you can assess if you want to aim for a higher score. Moreover, you will have better clarity on your abilities.
Based on this you can decide whether you want to aim for a higher GMAT score.