|Total GMAT Math
Jeff's complete Quant guide, on sale now!
|Total GMAT Verbal
Everything you need to ace GMAT Verbal!
1,800 Practice Math Questions
Buy Jeff's books at Amazon.com
GMAT Official Guide, with IR
OG Math | OG Verbal
OG12 & Quant Rev solutions!
GMAT Question of the Day
Beginner's Guide to the GMAT
GMAT Hacks Affiliate Program
- General Study Tips
- Goals and Planning
- CAT Strategy
- The Mental Game
- GMAT Math Strategy
- GMAT Math Topics
- Mental Math
- Data Sufficiency
- Critical Reasoning
- Reading Comprehension
- Sentence Correction
- Analytical Writing Assessment
- Integrated Reasoning
- IR Explained
- Business School Admissions
- GMAT Prep Resources
- Practice Questions
- Total GMAT Math
- Total GMAT Verbal
- GMAT 111
How Often Can You Take the GMAT?
|You should follow me on Twitter. While you're at it, take a moment to subscribe to GMAT Hacks via RSS or Email.|
For better or worse, you can only take the GMAT so often. In a perfect world, this wouldn't matter to you, as you'd take the test once, get your dream score, and forget about the exam forever.
But this isn't the case for everyone. For a variety of reasons, the GMAC doesn't allow you to take the GMAT as frequently as you might like. There are two important restrictions to remember:
- You may only take the GMAT once every 31 days. In other words, if you take the exam on July 1, you can't take it again until August 1. If you take the exam on July 29, you can't take it again in the beginning of August; you still must wait 31 days.
- You may only take the GMAT five times per calendar year. I hope this rule doesn't interfere with your plans.
While retaking is not always a good idea (something I've written more about elsewhere), it's always smart to plan for the possibility of retaking.
For instance, if you have an application deadline on October 1, don't schedule your GMAT for September 15. Instead, register to take the test in the last week or two of August. If you get your score, that's great--you can focus on the rest of your application. If you don't, you still have enough time to take the exam again before submitting the application.
No matter how often you intend to taking the exam, remember to register early. In some cities, it is often impossible to register for an exam less than a month in advance. Don't let poor planning stop you from meeting your deadlines!
About the author: Jeff Sackmann has written many GMAT preparation books, including the popular Total GMAT Math, Total GMAT Verbal, and GMAT 111. He has also created explanations for problems in The Official Guide, as well as 1,800 practice GMAT math questions.
|Total GMAT Math
The comprehensive guide to the GMAT Quant section. It's "far and away the best study material
available," including over 300 realistic practice questions and more than 500 exercises!