Not happy with your GMAT or GRE scores? Here is some advice.

You are preparing your application to the MLHR program.  You completed the online application, wrote, rewrote and finalized your essays, secured your letters of recommendation, updated your resume and requested your transcripts to be sent.  The last item on the checklist is every MLHR  applicant’s favorite four- (or three-) letter word … the GMAT (or GRE).  You took the GMAT/GRE, thinking you were going to ace it after all of those hours of intense preparation.  You finished the exam, agreed to view your scores and … oh, MAN, you have got to be kidding me?!  THAT is my score?

Sound familiar?

If this sounds like you and you are planning to apply by the next deadline, you have a couple of choices:

1) Apply as planned and wait to hear from the Admissions Committee regarding next steps in the admissions process – maybe your score isn’t as high as you had hoped, but maybe it isn’t that bad after all.

2) Apply as planned, but indicate to the Admissions Committee that you plan to retake the test on a future date and request that a decision is not made on your application until we receive your new test scores.

A few points to remember:

  • The Admissions Committee will review all of the application materials carefully.  The GMAT/GRE is important, but it is just one part of the application.
  • The GMAT/GRE was designed to help business schools determine your potential to succeed academically in Fisher MLHR classes.  It is possible that you have enough other evidence in your application of strong academic potential and the GMAT/GRE may be relatively less important.
  • Be self aware – look at our current class profile.  Are your qualifications consistent with those of other students in our program?  Manage your expectations.
  • You’ll need to be honest with yourself as to whether you will do anything differently the second time you take the test. Will you study differently? Approach it differently? We only recommend that you retake the test if the circumstances around the test day were not ideal or if you have some reason to believe that you did not perform to your maximum potential.
  • If you do plan to retake, give yourself plenty of time.  We recommend about 6-8 weeks of preparation – don’t rush into it before you are ready!

Good luck!!


1 Response to “Not happy with your GMAT or GRE scores? Here is some advice.”


  1. 1 GRE Practice Test Blog December 18, 2010 at 2:13 am

    ETS is rolling out a new version of GRE which is much more difficult. Students who plan to go to grad schools in the next 2-3 years should probably take the current one.

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