Should you opt for the GMAT Enhanced Score Report (ESR) ?

GMAC offers a GMAT Enhanced Score Report for test takers. The Enhanced Score Report (ESR) offers additional insights to the GMAT takers regarding their test performance. The students can use these insights to tweak their preparation and test taking strategies. The ESR is different from the official score report and comes at a tiny sum of $25.

Specifically, the enhanced report offers the following features:

  • Overall section performance ranking
  • Ranking according to question type
  • Time management ranking
  • Percentage of questions answered correctly in the Integrated Reasoning section
  • Average response time
  • Ability to benchmark against other test takers for a period of last three years
  • Personalized summary report for each section that assesses strengths and weaknesses

The idea is to provide a more comprehensive report to the test takers. You can also use this enhanced report to speak to the admissions staff, focus on specific areas before entering classroom or simply leverage it for your GMAT retake. The ESR is offered to any student who has taken the exam after October 1, 2013, for five years after their exam date. You can purchase it before or after the exam.

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So, should you opt for the GMAT Enhanced Score Report? The first thing you need to consider is the additional cost of the purchase. While $25 may be a paltry number, add it to the exam fee, applications, prep fees and it begins to look big. So, opt for it only if you are comfortably placed with your budget.

For those test takers who are not able to get the scores needed for their target b-schools, the ESR may offer actionable insights for them. You can use this enhanced feedback to understand your strengths and weaknesses and work on them. However, it does not go into granular details such as performance on every question. It only gives you a macro perspective. For example, ESR will not give you details on how many ‘sentence error’ questions you were able to solve successfully. However, based on the percentiles, you can understand whether you were strong in one question type like reading comprehension and weak in some other question type such as sentence correction.

Students who have been taking practice tests regularly may not learn anything new from the ESR. It will be just a confirmation of already known insights. However, students who are consistently hitting below par scores, the ESR may offer some value. So, if budget is not a stretch, go for it by all means.

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