GMAT Diary #14 - The End
Last time I blogged about the GMAT was February and after 8 mo. I am back.
A few things have taken place in between. I went to Korea, I stopped studying, and then I resumed. On August, I took my 3rd GMAT and I didn’t do that well: I only saw a mere 10 pt increase in my score.
I was close to giving up, thinking that it was enough, but on one Friday night I was reading about something, and something there motivated me to sign up one last time. So I did sign up for another one impromptu.
After 5 weeks of prepping, I was lucky enough to be done with this exam. The process has been long and arduous. But at the end, I “graduated” what seemed like a never ending journey with satisfactory score, at least given my intellectual capacity. I got 740 with Q50 and V41, which is equivalent to 97th percentile, or top 3%. I’m a bit salty because with the same breakdown, the score ranges from 740 to 760, but you know what, its better than getting a 730.
This experience has taught/reminded me of a few important lessons.
Hard work pays off
This was probably the first time in my life ever, that I struggled to get something I really wanted. Throughout high school and college, or work, or even life in general, I’ve been half assing things mostly. Consequently, I was able to get things done, but never excel at one thing.
Since GMAT is a test in which fluke does not happen, I had to practice until I really got it 100% and that was probably the most difficult part for me because I’ve been accustomed to half assing everything for such a long time.
Sadly, I’m not that smart after all
One thing I realized was that I’ve been over estimating my intellect. I’ve always thought if I had tried hard enough, I could achieve whatever I wanted. Not the case anymore.
There are so many smarter people out there and I’m not going to the sharpest tool out there. However, this also reminded me that my true strength lies not in brute intellectual force, but wit and flexible personality who can deal with different kind of people with ease. So I’m more of a people person than I’m a book person.
The world doesn’t change after the GMAT
I was re-visiting my diary and I noticed I’ve placed a far more emphasis on this exam than what it actually deserves. I thought I could quit my job and do what I wanted to. I imagined that the world would be come a better place. Not really. In reality, I’ve managed to pass a single hurdle, not even by that much compared to other people. The world goes on, business as usual after the GMAT.
It’s been fun though!
Strangely enough, the whole process was okay. I didn’t dislike driving to work on weekends blasting my favorite tunes. People started to recognize me. On Friday, I ran into a guy in the elevator and he told me he has seen me at a conference room. I told him I was studying, and I won’t be there anymore because I’m finally done with the exam! It was quite liberating to say that and I’m not gonna lie, I felt good about myself.
So the GMAT took me about a year all in, because I’ve been on and off multiple times. People say MCAT > LSAT > GMAT > GRE, and on the other level, there’s CFA which I was planning on doing. Post GMAT I’ve successfully written off CFA from my to do list, and I have no regrets about that.
To wrap this series up, I’m going to write about the resources I’ve used, and how I would study if I were to start all over again. Cya.