Your GMAT Score Dropped! What Should You Do?
I’m so lost! I just took the GMAT for the second time and my score actually dropped—from a 680 to a 650! I spent a few days brushing up on concepts in between the two tests and felt confident beforehand. What did I do wrong, and how can I get my score back up on my next attempt?
Lower score and lower confidence
Dear Lower Score,
First of all: try not to fret too much. Plenty of test-takers have experienced similar drops (or even worse ones) and have bounced back.
However, I am curious to know more about which sections you’ve found trip you up the most. While I’ve consistently advised test-takers to identify which section of the GMAT they find the most difficult and emphasize that section in their prep, it’s not uncommon for people to overcorrect and focus exclusively on that section.
If this is the case for you, I’d suggest adjusting your study plan to ensure that you are still preparing for the entire test, and not just focusing all of your energy on the one section that has historically given you the most difficulty. You might also find that a section in which you felt confident actually requires as much attention, or even more, as the section in which you’ve had the most trouble.
I also would suggest a short break. Allow yourself to step away from your prep for at least a day, but if you don’t want to completely disengage, review your list of target schools. You might have an idea of what score you’d like to get before applying, but take some time to remind yourself why you want to go to those schools and let that inspire you to dive back into your study plan.
Best of luck!
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