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Why are we so Mad at the GMAT?

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Have you ever noticed that lots of companies have names that suggest that the GMAT is something that needs to be killed or destroyed? ("Obliterate the GMAT," "Assassinate the GMAT," etc.) Yes, I understand that these are just metaphors, but don't you think that's a little violent?

In other words, why are we so mad at the GMAT? The GMAT is not out to get us--it's an indifferent test of English, reasoning and basic math skills, with question content, difficulty and scores that are based on a computer algorithm.

Yes, it's a $250 exam of world-class difficulty and stiff international competition, but the GMAT isn't our enemy. It's just a tricky standardized test that can be mastered with patience, perserverance and determination.

p.s. Even if you get an 800 on the GMAT, the GMAT isn't going anywhere. In fact, it will likely outlast us all: it's immortal and can't be assassinated. : )

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After reading all these lines, I'm still wondering why are the tutors mad at gmat? [SMILING FACE WITH OPEN MOUTH AND COLD SWEAT]
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Hey, I like the GMAT! However, I know that I"m in the minority. I enjoy cracking difficult standardized tests, and teaching others to do the same--and it puts food on the table for my family, so why wouldn't I like it? My point, however, it's that it's not worth all the negative energy to dislike or even hate the GMAT, so we should be careful with the vocabulary we use, and take it easy on the war/assassin metaphors. Instead, we should view it as an intellectual challenge and an opportunity for self-improvement.

Remember: if acing the GMAT were easy, then everyone would do it. It takes effort for a reason. When we struggle, it's not the GMAT's fault.

If you don't like reading "all (those) lines," then you're definitely not going to enjoy the long Reading Comprehension passages, that's for sure. : )

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