Well initially I was very unsure about writing a debrief, but then again you are unsure about most things in life.
So I just decided to pen my experience down and present you all with a boring note of my tryst with Gmat.
First of all, I want to confess that I am a great admirer of this forum and the people on this are awesome. Though I do not put up my posts, I do look at it from time to time(a reason I didn't get many kudos which could have unlocked more mind blowing free questions
So it all started when I got back from France(a great place to be by the way
) when I was in 2nd year of my IT job. I thought although technology was a cool stuff to be doing, I really want to do something which involves moving around, talking to people, use your neurotransmitters to the fullest :D and something that keeps your adrenalin running. I had heard of doing an MBA, but never till that point it occurred seriously to me as something I want to do.
And then when I eventually made my mind to do it, some divine force decided to prevent me doing it. Yeah I knew I was entering 3rd year of my job but I didn't know the workload would increase exponentially. I tried to be candid with my manager and asked him that I want to stick on a fix schedule and not exceed my working hours. But as things turned out I ended up working on weekends too
. So this became my life then. Working weekdays for my job and on attend a coaching class on weekend (only if I was spared from working on weekend). Just to mention here I was preparing for CAT- an Indian MBA entrance examination. The days passed by and the thought kept recurring that all I am doing is just working and then studying. No social life, no sports. Life cannot be harder than this(considering you were into sports all the time in your college "heydays"). While I was preparing for CAT, I decided to give a shot at GMAT as well. As it turned out, I bombed at both of them.
Soul-searching time. What did I do wrong? Is there a way I could have done better? And all those questions that make you feel miserable. Of all the things I realized, I found that I just was not having enough time with my job. True, some people manage it but I used to work practically whole day. Software development is just not a walk in the park(at this moment my IT peers would be nodding their heads
). So I was desperately looking for answers. Can I get a job which is less demanding and allows me some time at least to chase my dream?
I got none. I kept on working for my concern, contributing to their revenue and perhaps adding to economy of India but adding nothing to my aspirations.
So a time came when eventually in September 2013 I said I have had enough of it and started giving more time to my preparations. I was so over-confident that I thought I would do it in 2 months time. But after 2 months my score didn't reflect enough progress. Then on again questions of self-realization kept popping up. Time went by and my mock test results didn't improve. I targeted 700 but I never got beyond 660 and kept procrastinating the Gmat exam.
Finally I decided to go on with whatever improvement and scheduled my test on Feb 19. I knew I was unprepared. The only thing I was confident about is that the mistakes that got my score down were silly ones which usually happens under constraint of time. So on the test day when I was done with my test I was very happy to see a 710 score. The breakdown is as under:
Q49,V38,, IR 3
Well disappointed with my IR score considering I never scored below 6 in the mocks but more than happy for the core part. I got some really hard to decipher questions in the time frame provided. Before this I used to love all the graphs and reasoning questions but this has got me turned off a little(this reminds me of one of my primary teachers saying that you don't necessarily love a subject just because you score well in that) So now getting ready with the applications as most of schools have entered their penultimate stage.
Not sure of my chances though as I belong to that class that business schools consider elite (IT, male, Indian). Still planning to go ahead and just change their perception :D.(kiddin)
Regarding preparations for other aspirations, well quite honestly I am not sure if I would be able to give some inputs as I am a highly disorganized person.All I can say is just be fanatic about your approach - fanaticism at least helps to keep out all doubts which very often gets you into trouble("the Zahir, Paul Coelho"). As for the study material, I think MGMAT is the best. I say this not because I am their staunch follower but because they are the only one which I personally feel have maintained balance between the Quant and verbal section. The difficulty levels of both are equal and you will not end up with a higher score in one than the other.
All right that is all I had to say. My sleep cycle is still in accord with my pre-exam cycle. Now that I am done I surely want to play more sports now. Hope that my friends are free too in this increasingly time bound world.
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