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On the other hand, if you’ve studied diligently for the past few months and have used the best materials available, then you may want to move on from your GMAT and focus on improving other aspects of your application.
If external factors affected your GMAT score, then retaking is a no-brainer.
But there are other situations in which the decision to retake is not that easy to make.
When you’ve decided to take the GMAT, you need to devise a solid plan from the start and stick to it.
Procrastination and intermittent study translate into poor test performance.
The problem here is easy to spot: when you are preparing for the GMAT, you need to ignore your preferences and invest more time in your weaknesses—even if they include subjects you do not enjoy.
Targeting your weaknesses should be your top priority; fortifying your strengths should come second. Another common mistake is not being consistent in your prep.It’s also worth mentioning that a lot of people feel more comfortable on their retake because they have already gone through the whole process once and thus are more familiar with the testing conditions.A method that I’ve personally tested when feeling anxious is taking a few seconds to “talk yourself into” ignoring the stress and trying your best under the circumstances.In contrast to the scenarios described above, these instances relate to elements that are more or less under your control: the quality of your study plan and of the materials you’ve used, test day anxiety, and so forth.For example, if you didn’t prep with the Official Guide for GMAT Review, you should probably consider a retake and focus your studies on this critical book.If you are sick, dealing with a personal or family issue, or taking the GMAT in less than perfect conditions (I’ve heard many stories of people underperforming because of construction work that disrupted their ability to focus), then a retake may be advisable.