Maximizing GMAT Scores: The Early Testing Strategy

At the age of 20 or 21, the average GMAT score is 575. At 22 or 23, it's 536, a drop of 39 points

Wisdom is supposed to come with age, but calculus, trigonometry, the ability to balance a checkbook…these things don't. In fact, the fall-off in math skills after college is about as steep and as scary as the drop in the value of a new car once you drive it off the lot. Let's face it: youth has its privileges, and this is one of them.

This all came to mind recently when someone pointed out a little statistical anomaly published in a recent GMAC publication. At the age of 20 or 21, the average GMAT score is 575. At 22 or 23, it's 536, a drop of 39 points. Things improve a few years later, when most people are actually taking the GMAT, but 575? In your dreams.

Which brings me to my point. If, after graduation, you suspect that you might be applying to b-school somewhere down the road, the wise choice would probably be to take the GMAT immediately"before you forget everything you learned in college. You just have to be sure to apply to an MBA program within five years, after which most b-schools will not accept those scores...


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