As unqualified as we may be to do so, we answered a question on Beat the GMAT recently from someone about the GMAT. They’ve been struggling with their GMAT studies and had taken three practice tests, and each time they scored worse.
That test is hard.
EssaySnark has complete sympathy for you if you’re currently grappling with the torture device that is the GMAT.
What we offered to this other BSer was a lot of “Buck up, bucko!” type advice, trying to help them not get so bogged down in the depression of it – that part we’re qualified to help with, having served as cheerleader cum therapist cum essay critiquer for so many of you before. Sometimes people do a number on themselves, all within the confines of their own head.
If you’re having trouble getting the concepts on the GMAT and it keeps beating you down, one bit of advice we can offer is DON’T LISTEN. In other words, don’t listen to your own negative thoughtstreams.
You don’t have to have full confidence that you’re going to nail the test. You just have to not doubt your own abilities.
Whenever you hear yourself thinking, “I’m a loser, I’m never going to get this” — or when you feel your body tense up and those panic emotions starting to fuel the shakiness and the stomach knots — just stop yourself. Take a breath and remind yourself of reality. You’re not the worst GMAT test taker in the world – truly, you’re not. You’re not an idiot. You did well in school. You’re doing well in your job. You got this.
Don’t tolerate the negative thought-patterns inside your own mind. They’re where the whole thing can fall apart from.
If you’re honestly putting in the effort, as this BSer was doing, and you’re just not getting it, then maybe mixing it up will help. Find a study partner. Switch to a different set of materials. A STBBS who we trust said this about GMAT Hacks:
I like the GMAT Hacks site because it’s good, sound, FREE advice! It seems like too many people are hung up on MGMAT, GMAT Prep, Knewton, etc, when GMAT Hacks says “Hey, figure out why you’re getting problems wrong and correct the errors instead of seeing how many practice exams you can rail through before test day.”
EssaySnark of course has no way to evaluate the quality or worth of GMAT Hacks or any other such provider – we really aren’t touching any GMAT material with a ten-foot pole, if we can help it – our point is only that there’s lots of resources out there and maybe another person’s way of describing things will be of use.
And don’t let your own worst critic get you down!