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If At First You Don’t Succeed….

Avoid this GMAT errorThere’s the famous saying that If at first you don’t succeed, TRY, TRY AGAIN. But when it comes to retaking the GMAT, how exactly should you try, try again? The reality is that what you did to prepare for the GMAT the first (or second, or third…) time around may not be sufficient to help you boost your GMAT score as much as you’d like the second go-round. After all, as the great Albert Einstein is famous for saying, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

I was honored to provide a guest article for Accepted.com on exactly this topic: What To Do Differently When Retaking the GMAT. You can read the full article here.

I encourage you to hop over there and check out the full article, but I’ll go ahead and summarize the key points here. Here are five (5) things you should consider doing differently when studying for the GMAT this time around:

  1. Have a Plan. Hope isn’t a strategy. The more detailed your study plan, the better you can expect your results to be.
  2. Work New Problems. Get some new books. Try new GMAT practice tests. Purchase some problem sets. Don’t just rehash the same old problems the second time around.
  3. Perfect Practice Makes Perfect. Get your head in the game a little more seriously this time around. Work every practice problem and take every practice test like it’s the real thing. Don’t just go through the motions; develop an edge.
  4. Give Yourself Enough Time. Depending on how much you need to boost your score, you may need to give yourself a couple months to adequately prepare. You have to put in the time.
  5. Get Help. Take a GMAT prep course. Hire a tutor. Learn from someone who can help you get where you want to go.

So there you have it! Shake things up a bit if you expect different — better! — results on the GMAT. And again, for a more detailed explanation of how to execute each of these five tips, check out the full article by clicking on the graphic below. To your success!

Tips for Retaking the GMAT