Foster School of Business | Mr. Corporate Strategy In Tech
GMAT 730, GPA 3.32
McCombs School of Business | Ms. Registered Nurse Entrepreneur
GMAT 630, GPA 3.59
Columbia | Mr. Developing Social Enterprises
GMAT 750, GPA 3.75
Harvard | Mr. Billion Dollar Startup
GRE 309, GPA 6.75/10
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Harvard | Mr. Harvard 2+2, Chances?
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Harvard | Mr. Big 4 To Healthcare Reformer
GRE 338, GPA 4.0 (1st Class Honours - UK - Deans List)
Stanford GSB | Mr. Startup Guy
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Overrepresented MBB Consultant (2+2)
GMAT 760, GPA 3.95
Wharton | Mr. Big Four To IB
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Rice Jones | Mr. Tech Firm Product Manager
GRE 320, GPA 2.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Mexican Central Banker
GMAT 730, GPA 95.8/100 (1st in class)
Harvard | Mr. Comeback Kid
GMAT 770, GPA 2.8
Harvard | Mr. Tech Risk
GMAT 750, GPA 3.6
Chicago Booth | Mr. Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.2
Wharton | Ms. Strategy & Marketing Roles
GMAT 750, GPA 9.66/10
Harvard | Mr. Bomb Squad To Business
GMAT 740, GPA 3.36
IU Kelley | Mr. Advertising Guy
GMAT 650, GPA 3.5
Duke Fuqua | Mr. IB Back Office To Front Office/Consulting
GMAT 640, GPA 2.8
Yale | Mr. Lawyer Turned Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.7
Chicago Booth | Mr. Whitecoat Businessman
GMAT 740, GPA Equivalent to 3(Wes) and 3.4(scholaro)
MIT Sloan | Ms. Digital Manufacturing To Tech Innovator
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Healthcare Corporate Development
GMAT 740, GPA 3.5
Yale | Mr. Education Management
GMAT 730, GPA 7.797/10
Columbia | Mr. Neptune
GMAT 750, GPA 3.65
Darden | Ms. Education Management
GRE 331, GPA 9.284/10
Columbia | Mr. Confused Consultant
GMAT 710, GPA 3.2

Help Me, GMAT Logic and Strategy

And even more universally than that, here’s why grammar-seekers often end up struggling with Sentence Correction problems. The general thought process you should use on a question like this is one that, with repetition and practice, you can master.  Find decision points, think logically, and use core grammar rules that get tested over and over and over (verb tenses, pronouns, modifiers, etc.). Those who take the time to study asyndeton and hyperbation, however:

  • Have to find that time somewhere, and often it comes at the expense of repetition and mastery of core strategy.
  • Fill their minds with so many terms, structures, and examples that they can’t function efficiently on the test – a classic case of “paralysis by analysis”.
  • Find that there are thousands of unique structures and rules, and even if you’ve studied hundreds the GMAT finds a way to present you with a few you haven’t seen or mastered.

The GMAT isn’t a grammar test, but many test-takers treat it that way.  And doing so enters you into a game that you have extremely little chance of winning.  What’s more, it’s a frustrating and time-consuming exercise to pore over “idioms lists” and grammar flashcards when that’s not what the GMAT is really testing.  Strategy and logic – mixed with sound understanding of the handful of commonly occurring grammar concepts that the GMAT tests – are your only hope. So valuable is your time, so limited your study energy, that wasting it chasing prozeugma and asyndenton is a fruitless pursuit. Don’t do it.

Brian Galvin of Veritas

Brian Galvin of Veritas

Brian Galvin is Director of Academic Programs at Veritas Prep, a GMAT prep and graduate school admissions consulting provider. This is his second column for Poets&Quants.com. His contrarian views appear monthly.

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