Kellogg | Mr. PM To Tech Co.
GMAT 720, GPA 3.2
MIT Sloan | Mr. Electrical Agri-tech
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
MIT Sloan | Mr. Aker 22
GRE 332, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Ms. Product Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Ms. Anthropologist
GMAT 740, GPA 3.3
Duke Fuqua | Ms. Consulting Research To Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 4.0 (no GPA system, got first (highest) division )
Stanford GSB | Mr. Future Tech In Healthcare
GRE 313, GPA 2.0
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Stanford GSB | Ms. Creative Data Scientist
GMAT 710, GPA 3.0
UCLA Anderson | Mr. Military To MGMNT Consulting
GMAT 740, GPA 3.7
MIT Sloan | Mr. Agri-Tech MBA
GRE 324, GPA 4.0
UCLA Anderson | Ms. Tech In HR
GMAT 640, GPA 3.23
Wharton | Mr. Data Scientist
GMAT 740, GPA 7.76/10
Harvard | Ms. Nurturing Sustainable Growth
GRE 300, GPA 3.4
MIT Sloan | Ms. Senior PM Unicorn
GMAT 700, GPA 3.18
Harvard | Mr. Lieutenant To Consultant
GMAT 760, GPA 3.7
Stanford GSB | Mr. “GMAT” Grimly Miserable At Tests
GMAT TBD - Aug. 31, GPA 3.9
Yale | Mr. IB To Strategy
GRE 321, GPA 3.6
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Kellogg | Ms. Freelance Hustler
GRE 312, GPA 4
Kellogg | Ms. Gap Fixer
GMAT 740, GPA 3.02
Harvard | Mr. Little Late For MBA
GRE 333, GPA 3.76
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Wellness Ethnographer
GRE 324, GPA 3.6
Wharton | Ms. Financial Real Estate
GMAT 720, GPA 4.0
Harvard | Mr. The Italian Dream Job
GMAT 760, GPA 4.0
NYU Stern | Mr. Labor Market Analyst
GRE 320, GPA 3.4

Why You Should Ditch Your GMAT Goals

But the GMAT is not linear—it’s an adaptive exam that changes constantly. One question may be harder, and take longer, than you expected. And then the next one may be startlingly easy. Never in the history of the GMAT has a student been helped by predicting the difficulty level of a question. If you think to yourself, “Wow, that’s an easy question… I must be doing poorly”, there’s no way that that line of reasoning can help you, but it can certainly hurt! If that “easy” question causes you to lose confidence, or to waste time on the next 2-3 questions overthinking them to somehow get back the points that you might have lost (but didn’t necessarily), that prediction of your current score level will inevitably have a negative impact on your real score.

In reality, that “easy” question is probably one of two things – either an unscored, experimental question that the GMAT needs to test on high scorers (even the test makers need to experiment to gauge a question’s difficulty level), or a challenging question for which you completely missed the difficulty. It looked easy, but it wasn’t as easy as you thought. And you just walked right into one of those traps I tried to warn you about.

So let go of your goals and focus on your performance. In other words, don’t let your GMAT goal be the very obstacle that keeps you from excelling on the GMAT.

Brian Galvin is Director of Academic Programs at Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep and graduate school admissions consulting provider. 

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