Wharton | Mr. Senior Analyst
GMAT 750, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future VC
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Stanford GSB | Ms. Access To Opportunities
GRE 318, GPA 2.9
Tuck | Mr. Product Marketer
GMAT 730, GPA 3.1
Wharton | Ms. Finance For Good
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
UCLA Anderson | Mr. International PM
GMAT 730, GPA 2.3
Stanford GSB | Mr. Low GPA To Stanford
GMAT 770, GPA 2.7
USC Marshall | Mr. Low GPA High GMAT
GMAT 740, GPA 2.44
London Business School | Mr. Midwest Engineer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.69
Harvard | Mr. Policy Development
GMAT 740, GPA Top 30%
Cambridge Judge Business School | Mr. Champion Swimmer
GMAT 750, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. NFL Team Analyst
GMAT 720, GPA 3.8
Chicago Booth | Mr. Consulting Hopeful
GMAT 720, GPA 3.6
Kellogg | Mr. Tech Auditor
GRE 332, GPA 3.25
NYU Stern | Mr. Washed-Up Athlete
GRE 325, GPA 3.4
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Southern California
GMAT 710, GPA 3.58
Ross | Mr. Brazilian Sales Guy
GRE 326, GPA 77/100 (USA Avg. 3.0)
INSEAD | Mr. Fraud Associate
GMAT 750, GPA 8/10
Wharton | Ms. Project Mananger
GMAT 770, GPA 3.86
Chicago Booth | Mr. Average White Guy
GMAT 680, GPA 3.2
Stanford GSB | Mr. AIESEC Alumnus
GMAT 750, GPA 3.38
Kellogg | Mr. Brazilian Banker
GMAT 600, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Upward Trajectory
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Fish
GRE 327, GPA 3.733
Harvard | Mr. Community Impact
GMAT 690, GPA 3.0
IMD | Mr. Gap Year To IMD
GMAT 660, GPA 3.5
Harvard | Mr. Italian In Tokyo
GMAT (710-740), GPA 4.0

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

confirmed.

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.