Here are a few things we’ve heard from potential GMAT test taker after their diagnostic test:
“I have a REALLY BAD Diagnostic Score. Is 3 months sufficient time to prepare?”
“With this Diagnostic Score I don’t see myself taking GMAT”
“I didn’t know I am so BAD at English; I couldn’t even finish the test.”
“I didn’t get even a 600; Am I the right candidate for GMAT? “
Are you someone with a similar thought in your mind after taking the Diagnostic Test? If yes, then you are going to discover much more about the Diagnostic Test than you know right now. I am sure that by the end of this article, many of your myths about the Diagnostic Score will be cleared.
The very first piece of advice is: It’s OKAY not to score well on a Diagnostic Test! Let us understand why. We’ve usually come across the word “Diagnostic” in medical set up. A medical diagnosis tells you what, if anything, is wrong. It identifies a condition: a headache, sprain, etc. Similarly, a GMAT diagnostic test gives you a score, which you can use to identify what is/are “the problem areas”. More important than the actual score is the opportunity for that you have to review the test to see what your greatest areas of improvement can be.
For instance, you scored 580 on the diagnostic test but your goal is a 720. What does it indicate? That number means very little as a representation of your ability level or of your eventual Test Day Score. It only tells you how much you would have scored if you took GMAT TODAY. Does it indicate that you are 160 points away in terms of content knowledge? Speed? Familiarity with the exam?
No! Then what must be your objective when taking the diagnostic test?
After completing the GMAT diagnostic test, you’ll have a much better sense of:
- What taking a timed GMAT is like.
- The question types you will encounter on the test
- The importance of pacing yourself throughout the exam
- Which areas you’ll need to focus on while planning out the rest of your GMAT prep
- The importance of time management and effective test-taking strategies
- How you would score if you took the GMAT today!
Remember, no matter how you score on your first practice exam, use what you learn as a starting point for informing the rest of your GMAT prep plan. We’re here to help guide you — through the practice test and beyond.
Haven’t taken your diagnostic test yet? Drop down at any of our learning centres for a free test-day like experience, followed by feedback and test analysis with our experts or register here to take a free diagnostic test at your home.