Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Harvard | Mr. Army Intelligence Officer
GRE 334, GPA 3.97
Harvard | Ms. Data Analyst In Logistics
GRE 325, GPA 4
McCombs School of Business | Mr. Comeback Story
GRE 313, GPA 2.9
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Green Financing
GRE 325, GPA 3.82
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Columbia | Mr. MD/MBA
GMAT 670, GPA 3.77
MIT Sloan | Mr. Marine Combat Arms Officer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.3

Reaching Your Ideal GMAT Score

The GMAT Prep Crunch

The GMAT Prep Crunch

Zoheb Davar

Zoheb Davar

Realize that this will be an extremely challenging experience if you’re attempting to place in the 90th percentile or above. The good news is that anyone can achieve any score, but it may take longer, perhaps much longer, than you anticipate.

It’s possible that you need to push back your business school applications a year or two. Here is a breakdown of the process to achieve your target GMAT score:

I found many parallels between the process of studying for the GMAT and surfing a wave, so I’ll use this analogy to help provide a visual image.

Find Your MotivationWaking up at dawn, throwing on a stiff wetsuit, and jumping in chilly water is tough. Tougher still is doing it over and over again while you barely see improvement in your surfing skills. You need a burning motivation to get yourself out into the water day after day even when you don’t feel up to it.

The same goes for the GMAT. Unless you have a sound reason to attend business school and thereby attain a solid test score, you won’t have the undying motivation to continue studying day after day in the face of immense adversity.

Why do you want to go to business school?

How will it affect your life?

Is business school really necessary for you?

Find the answers to these questions before picking up your first GMAT book. You won’t see gratifying results immediately so you’ll need a bulletproof ethos to fuel your desire to progress each day.

Understanding the Motion of the OceanLearning how the waves work (how they form, peak, break, and end) is the preliminary skill in surfing, and it could take a year or so to fully understand. Once you understand the waves, you can optimally position yourself to ride them. But without knowing where to be and when, you’ve got no chance.

The GMAT is a formulaic test unlike any other you have taken before. It’s dynamic and adapts to your skill level so that you miss approximately 50% of the questions. Think about that – when have you ever taken a test in which you expected to get HALF the questions WRONG. Therefore, there is a strategy to beat the GMAT and you must learn it. You must learn the optimal technique to maximize your score. I did so with the help of a tutor from Manhattan Prep.

Your initial time studying should be dedicated to learning how the test works; I tried this with and without a personal tutor. It’s much easier to learn from a tutor.

See Your GoalA surfer has to prepare for a wave as soon as he/she spots it off in the distance. The surfer has to calculate the time it will take to get into position and then situate himself/herself accordingly.

Fitting numerous hours of studying into your busy schedule will take advanced planning. As soon as you’re committed to taking the GMAT, you should come up with a timeline to take your first test so that you have an end goal to work towards. This will allow you to devise a schedule that will help maintain pace and motivation. Also, it will provide a checkpoint or benchmark in your GMAT process to ensure that you don’t get caught in a black hole of endless studying. Work towards a goal.

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