A Game Plan for 550 GMAT Score
To get into the PreMaster Program in Business at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will need a GMAT score above 550. This is a cut-off requirement, so there is no need to invest time to get a higher score - though you may like to add a small margin of error.
THE SCORE GAP
To know what it takes to reach the 550 score, you'll need to know your score gap. The gap can be calculated by taking one of the official GMAT simulations, and also of course by taking the test itself. These two scores, together with a percentile chart, can be combined to calculate the score gap, which you can then use to estimate your total investment of time and money. That is a primary input for choosing the optimal mix of independent study, group courses, and in-person tutoring. Together these decisions impact the calculation of return on investment. And the first thing they teach in the premaster, is that the best decisions should maximize their return on investment.
USING THE SCORE GAP
Let's take a likely scenario, with a score gap is 22 percentile points - as is the case between 450 and 550. With 4-6 weeks before the admission deadline, the best way to bridge this gap is a group course at the 600-level. A 22 point gap is not usually possible to close without good guidance - not in 4-6 weeks. You run a very clear risk of missing the forest because of the trees, as they say in the USA, whereas a course designed at the 600 level will keep things in perspective, and save you from studying topics at the wrong level - a likely outcome when studying for an adaptive test.