Remember: taking the test more than three times may be a red flag for some admissions committees for the simple reason that a strong applicant should demonstrate good judgment in investing in other parts of her application package instead of obsessing over a single element.
Many people have problems on their GMAT because they have studied with the wrong books.As a result, you were biased in spending more time on math prep than on verbal prep.Consequently on your test day, your verbal score was well below your math score, resulting in a poor overall GMAT score.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.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.
These external factors may have had some impact on your low score, especially if your practice tests indicated a higher performance level.
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.
You’ll often hear GMAT experts mention that almost any student can solve all the questions on the GMAT if she is given enough time.
However, one of the reasons why this test is so difficult is that you are under a pretty severe time constraint.
There are several cases where retaking is definitely to your advantage.