We’ll continue with some GMAT test advice again today. This stuff is important, and we hope you’ll listen.
Very often, we see people coming to us in September, ready to submit their app to a Top 10 school, and they share their profile with us and they took the GMAT back in the Spring and the score was kinda meh. And they had all this time ahead of them but they just settled. And we’re like, “Doh!” And we think to ourselves, “What is UP with that???”
So here we are today, telling you now that settling is NOT a good approach to life.
Not for a girlfriend.
Not for a job or apartment.
Definitely not for a GMAT score.
You don’t want to make us say “Doh!” six months from now when you present your essays to us to be decimated and we open up those drafts and sigh (‘cuz everyone’s first drafts suck) and then we look at your entire pitch and your profile and we see that GMAT score from March that’s in the so-so range – a score that, sure, COULD get you in – maybe. But you did it in MARCH and then you crossed that task of the list and totally sat on your duff for the next five months before a spark finally got lit beneath you and you lifted your head off the drool-stained pillow and wiped the lastnightbeerfog out of your eyes and you say, “Hey, maybe I should start writing some essays!”
If you know you could do better on the GMAT then, um, why aren’t you doing better?
And if you’re struggling with the GMAT – we sympathize!! Like, totally! and every other Valley Girl emphatic that we can offer to you.
It is so worth it to spend more time on this task. We get it. Studying is not as fun as watching House of Cards. It’s not as fun as drinking beer. It maybe isn’t even as fun as doing that spreadsheet you have to finish for that important project at work. Studying is for YOU – nobody else. Nobody else is going to force you to study. That’s one reason why it’s hard. You need to come up with your own internal motivation. It’s like eating your broccoli – at first, it’s all yucky with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. But then over time, after you’ve forced yourself to eat it on an (ir)regular basis, eventually you may even start to develop a taste for it.
When you have a routine with studying, it is SOOOOO much easier. When you are inconsistent and sporadic about it, then it is always a massive chore to get yourself motivated to start.
Just like going for a run: The hardest part is putting on your running shoes. Once that’s done, you’re committed. You’re going.
Find a way to “put on your running shoes” with the GMAT prep. If that means signing up for a course, then do that – it’s often a very productive way to get yourself in gear. After all, if you’re PAYING for it, then you’re more likely to follow through on it, right?
Then dive in with it. Embrace the suck, as a wise bschool student once said .
Make it a game.
How high of a score can you get?
Not because there’s some magic admissions success that’s guaranteed to go along with it (though higher scores always help). But because it’s a challenge.
Do well on the GMAT because it’s hard.
Don’t settle for less-than and use “it’s hard” as an excuse.
It’s all about mindset, people.
Are you going to win this or what?