I officially hate the gmat. And I’m guessing you’re here because you share similar conceptions. I wrote a rant about a year ago, detailing how much I hated the test. Know that the test isn’t dsigned to test intelligence: it’s supposed to weed out the lazy fucks who want to enter B school because thats the only thing worth pursuing. Its really a test of work ethic. You don’t need brains to kick ass, just some determination and money.
I took the GMAT months later, and didn’t do as horribly as I thought I would. In the end, I do feel accomplished, even though I never ended up even applying to B-school, and went into advertising. That’s why my score is not important. But I did well. The secret is not letting the test discourage you. But knowing that your life will suck for 3 months, cause you’re spending time studying. It’s really that simple. Study, get a tutor, take a class, whatever, but study, and you’ll do well.
If you’re here because you’re unsure whether you want to attend business school, hopefully I can shed some light. But don’t expect answers. You’re not going to find it in books or blogs. People maybe. I suggest writing down the reasons you want to attend. Are the reasons your own? Do you want to go? Or is someone pushing behind you, saying: “You should go. You’ll do well. It’s how you get jobs.”
Here’s how it works. If you’re lucky or smart enough to get a business job, and you move up, then why move? Keep at it, learn the craft, and move up. If you love business, but can’t get through the door, then I imagine that school will help, but thats one expensive ticket. In the end, it all depends on where your heart is at. If school is the first step you need to take, but youre CONFIDENT that thats the race you want to play, then go for it. If you’re not, then youre wasting time, money, and energy that could be used elsewhere. For all I know, you could secretly want to be a farmer or a toy designer. Well, if thats your dream, then PURSUE THAT. Ultimately, we’re happier doing what makes us happy, not what makes us money. Though the two are not mutually exclusive. If you want to make money, then youre going to have to be one kick ass, smart, entreprenurial farmer. No one goes into farming to make bank.
Know what you want. Once you have that, the answers and steps you need to take to get there will make an appearance.