Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The truth about GMAT

GMAT is a tricky animal and most of us fall for it.

Enough has been said and written about the exam so I am not going to get into it. I am going to just talk about the softer aspects of what this exam can do to you.

A lof of us are fairly ignorent about the Admissions Process and the only controllable factor or rather the first step in our application is a decent GMAT score. Ask anyone their target score and 700 comes up almost instantly.

However, the quest for 700 is what screws some of us in our heads. I have seen some posts on some forums where people scoring above 700 or 720 wish to retake the test. I think its simply not required.

In reality GMAT score is just one aspect in the application. But havent we heard that before. Still we try to give the utmost importance to it.

B-Schools use GMAT score to test if one can handle the academics when you are in school. If one person scores a 650 and another person a 700, I sincerely doubt who amongst the two can handle the academics better. In my opinion, both could. I would even say a person who scored a 550 could handle the academics when he is in school. GMAT is all about how one's performance is on the day of the test. Nothing more nothing less.

Gmat is JUST one piece in the entire application process. Easier said than done but for most people this realization only comes after one has finished the entire process.

How my MBA journey started..!!

I am starting this blog to help people who are in my situation trying to make a decision about getting a Masters Degree.

The title of the blog is -

"Even Champions Lose Sometimes"

I really like this line as it has kept me inspired and motivated.

In reality it is rather true that you will not win always. Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Sachin Tendulkar, Michael Schumacher all have failed on several occasions in their life. 

The idea is to learn from your experiences and move on.

About me -

To give a brief background, I have just over 10 yrs of work-ex across hospitality and IT outsourcing industry. I work with an Indian IT firm at this moment.

I started to dream of an MBA back in Dec'2009.

I had gone to attend an interview with a firm in Bangalore, India. While I cleared all 3 rounds, one of the interviewers did mention that my profile lacks a masters degree and I should seriously consider getting one. I think that was the most valuable advice which I received from anyone.

In the future posts, I will talk about some of my experiences on chosing the right program, application essays etc.

Please read on and do leave your comments.