Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Founder
GMAT 700, GPA 3.12
Stanford GSB | Mr. Failed Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Immigrant Entrepreneur
GMAT 750, GPA 3.8
Stanford GSB | Ms. Education Non-profit
GRE 330, GPA 3.0
Wharton | Mr. Fintech Entrepreneur
GMAT 710, GPA 3.04
Yale | Ms. Business Start-Up
GRE 312, GPA 3.6
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Cornell Hopeful
GMAT Targeting 700+, GPA 2.5
INSEAD | Mr. Aerospace Manufacturer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
Harvard | Mr. Big Fish, Small Pond
GMAT 790, GPA 3.88
Said Business School | Ms. Ordinary Applicant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.37
Tuck | Mr. Crisis Line Counselor
GMAT 700, GPA 3.1
Harvard | Mr. Banking To Startup
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. Digital Engineer
GMAT 700, GPA 2.7
Harvard | Mr. M&A Post-Startup
GMAT 710, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. IB/PE To Fintech
GMAT 740, GPA 3.14
USC Marshall | Mr. Supply Chain Guru
GMAT GMAT Waiver, GPA 2.6
Wharton | Mr. Master’s To MBA
GMAT 760, GPA 3.4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. First-Time MBA
GRE 332, GPA 3.3
USC Marshall | Mr. Versatile Entrepreneur
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3
HEC Paris | Ms. Public Health
Chicago Booth | Mr. Music Into Numbers
GMAT 730, GPA 3.8
Wharton | Mr. Top Salesman
GMAT 610, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Latino Insurance
GMAT 730, GPA 8.5 / 10
Stanford GSB | Mr. MBB/FinTech
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
INSEAD | Mr. Sailor in Suit
GMAT 740, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Mr. Tesla Intern
GMAT 720, GPA 3.9
Harvard | Ms. Comeback Kid
GMAT 780, GPA 2.6

Taking the GMAT Long After College

Now that you’ve decided to go back to school, you might be feeling like Al

Pacino in Godfather III, “Just when I thought I was out… they pull me back

in!” It is overwhelming just thinking about hitting the books again,

relearning the math you could not wait to forget.

Keep your eyes on the prize.

You have a worthy goal… to get in the top school of your choice and receive

the best education you can. It is an admirable goal and just as any project

you successfully completed, it requires some legwork. GMAT is an important

piece of the admission puzzle, and with careful planning, consistent effort

and determination, it could be your best ally.

The quantitative section is likely to be the harder piece for you unless you

are already working in a quantitative field. You may have to spend a

disproportionate amount of time on remembering and mastering this section.

You will have to “re-learn” some of the theory behind numbers, and acquire

GMAT specific tools and strategies to solve difficult questions.

Remember: understanding math concepts theoretically is one thing, execution

is another. This means after brushing up on the basics, there’s a bunch of

practice to be done.

Data sufficiency will probably be a new question for you. That section of

the GMAT requires a lot of review and you need all the help you can get.

You may have never taken a computer adaptive test (CAT) before. What

“adaptive” means is that there will be no predetermined set of questions or

set difficulty level. The computer tries to match the difficulty of each

successive question to both your overall performance and the question you’ve

just answered.

The better you perform, the more challenging the questions – and the more

challenging the questions, the more points you will receive for answering

them correctly. You can’t skip questions on the CAT: you can see one

question at a time, and there is no going back to change an answer once it’s


Finally, not finishing the test is more heavily penalized compared to

guessing a few questions throughout the test.

The degree to which your score influences your acceptance into business

programs is contingent on a number of factors. Admissions committees

consider, for example, how long you’ve been out of school and will likely

give more weight on the GMAT scores of students who’ve been out of school

for a while.

You might be under the impression that this exam is most difficult hurdle in

your admissions process. This is avoidable when you allow sufficient

practice time and guide yourself by logic rather than emotion during GMAT preparation.

You will master the basics of “reading, writing, and math.” The verbal

segment assumes that you understand standard conventions of written English

and are capable of presenting coherent and compelling arguments in two

analytical essays. The math segment assumes you know the basics of algebra,

geometry, and arithmetic and can apply these concepts in situations slightly

more challenging than high school math class.

The GMAT is not your enemy – half the battle is simply knowing what to

expect on the exam and planning well. Remember that GMAT is most concerned

with your ability to execute and find efficient solutions to problems from

limited areas.