How NOT to take the GMAT

I attempted the GMAT for the third time today. I was hoping this would be my final attempt and I would be able to hit round 1 with a solid score in the 700s. I learned a few important lessons today.

  • Do NOT run out of time on your essay. Even if there are small errors you notice with 10 seconds left on the timer. A score of 0 is far worse than a score of 4.
  • Bring cough drops
  • Practice pacing your answers, especially in quant. I finished with 37 seconds left and didn’t feel rushed at all. Practice really paid off.
  • Do NOT sit next to someone taking an ISS (?) test or any test that requires a massive amount of books. Listening to someone shuffle through pages, slide their chair between two desks, and shuffle through more pages is distracting. OK, it’s VERY distracting.
  • Be prepared for anything, just like in real life.

End result: 660. Quant: 46 Verbal: 35

Score cancelled.

The good news is that the quant has improved. I’ll take the credit for tanking the verbal section even though I spent half of the time taking my neighbor’s test with him. This goes to show that, like in the business world, things do not always go as planned.

It looks like all my round 1 applications are being pushed to round 2. I am not sure if I should risk round 1 with a 690 or take a chance on a smaller pool of open spots with a higher GMAT.

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3 comments

    1. Hey Selena, thanks for commenting and hope your journey is going well! I am sticking with my core schools, just hoping there’s enough spots in Round 2. Schools:
      1) Berkeley (Haas)
      2) Michigan (Ross)
      3) Texas (McCombs)
      4) Carnegie Mellon (Tepper)
      5) IE (Spain)
      6) Duke
      7) Debating on maybe 1 or 2 others: Stanford (10 miles from where I live), Notre Dame, Columbia, Cambridge, Texas A&M, Washington (Foster), University of Hawaii

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