GMAT Scores from Good to Great: Test-Taker Who Went from the 80th Percentile to the 99th Tells His Secrets

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Over 680,000 potential MBA students take the GMAT every three years in order to apply to business school. A strong GMAT score alone cannot get you into a top program AND a low GMAT score can keep you out of business school.

As with any standardized test, practice can dramatically improve your score. Tim Van Hooser, co-founder of INTOTHEBEST developed a strategy for significantly increasing his GMAT score in less than two months. The first time around he was only in the 80th percentile, but the improvements he made in his preparation pushed him into the 99th percentile during his second exam. He did this all without any formal GMAT course preparation. Now, Van Hooser seeks to assist other aspiring business leaders to improve their scores.

The purpose of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is to give business schools an objective data point for comparing all applicants in a given year. Though discouraged by admissions officers, the GMAT is also used by students to select schools based on their results, because each school wants you to apply to their program, yet will only select the most qualified applicants.

If your GMAT results are below the 25th to 75th percentile range for your target school, you should begin preparing to retake the test. Do not consider your last GMAT score your last opportunity to get into the school of your dreams. Please see INTOTHEBEST’s GMAT preparation guide for suggestions on how to prepare for the GMAT.

INTOTHEBEST’s GMAT Preparation Guide


INTOTHEBEST is one of the largest personalized college counseling companies in America. Founded in 2002 by Stephen W. Edwards and Timothy P. Van Hooser, the company offers free copies of the INTOTHEBEST College Guide and scholarships, supported by advertising and consulting revenue, providing access to educational materials that have historically only been available to wealthy families. Over 130,000 people have downloaded the INTOTHEBEST College Guide since 2004. The company can be reached at (516) 731-3677 or


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