USC Marshall | Mr. Utilitarian Mobility
GMAT 740, GPA 2.67
Wharton | Mr. Social Impact CPA
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Looking To Learn
GMAT 760, GPA 3.0
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Second Chances
GRE 310, GPA 2.5
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Account Executive
GMAT 560, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Future Gates Foundation
GMAT 720, GPA 7.92
Wharton | Mr. Infrastructure
GMAT 770, GPA 3.05
MIT Sloan | Mr. Data Mastermind
GMAT N/A; will be taking in May, GPA 3.6
London Business School | Mr. Aussie Analyst
GMAT 680, GPA 3.3
Darden | Mr. Sustainable Real Estate
GRE SAT 1950 (90th Percentile), GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Entrepreneurial Bassist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.61
Cornell Johnson | Mr. IT To IB
GMAT 660, GPA 3.60
Harvard | Ms. Lucky Charm
GMAT 690, GPA 3.2
Tuck | Ms. Green Biz
GRE 326, GPA 3.15
Harvard | Ms. URM
GRE 325, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Stay Involved
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Rice Jones | Mr. Back To School
GRE 315, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Green Business
GMAT 680, GPA 3.33; 3.9 for Masters
NYU Stern | Mr. Military Officer
GRE In Progress, GPA 2.88
Kellogg | Mr. Real Estate Finance
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
Kellogg | Mr. Finance To Education
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Artistic Engineer
GMAT 730, GPA 9.49/10
Emory Goizueta | Mr. Multimedia
GRE 308, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Commercial Banker
GMAT 700, GPA 3.3
IU Kelley | Mr. Construction Manager
GRE 680, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Healthcare Fanatic
GMAT 770, GPA 3.46
Harvard | Mr. Sovereign Wealth Fund
GMAT 730, GPA 3.55

A Frustrating Day & Night on GMAT Prep

After just completing the quant section of a Veritas test exam, I’m frustrated and embarrassed I scored so low—a 39Q, lower than my high which was a 45Q. In practice exams back in March, I’ve seen this quant score before. Really wonder if this is for me.  I know I should keep at it, but at this point it’s just becoming embarrassing.

The only positive note was that the things I got wrong during this practice exam were topics I haven’t covered yet with my tutor.  One would see/hear that and say, “Well it looks like you’re on the right track!”  What I say to that is, “I don’t care. I want to see an improvement every time I take an exam.”

The last topic we went over was number properties.  I’m starting to get the very basics, but if something new is thrown at me, I don’t know how to think around it.  We’ll definitely need to spend at least two more sessions going over that alone. When I look ahead to all of the topics that we still need to cover, I just hear the cash register sound going off in my head.  Cha-Ching. Cha-Ching because I know I have many more weeks before I’m completely ready.  Then on top of that there’s one thing to be ready while it’s another thing to be confident. I do have a deadline in my head and a potential exam date so that’s what I’m aiming towards.

Well, part of my homework is to get proper amounts of sleep.  Since it’s almost midnight, I need to start getting ready for bed.

This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

Previous posts by Richard at Poets&Quants:

Should You Hire an MBA Consultant?

Study for the GMAT or Polish Off an Essay?

Am I Really Cut Out For This?

My First Round Applications Are Looking Elusive