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“If my future were determined just by my performance on a standardized test, I wouldn’t be here. I guarantee you that.” – Michelle Obama

Dear GMAT test takers, it’s helpful to put GMAT into a perspective and not blow its importance out of proportion. Doing the latter creates unnecessary stress, which only hurts your preparation and thus performance on the test.

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‘If you want to draw water, you do not dig a hundred one-foot wells. You dig one hundred-feet well’, I have heard.

In the context of learning or more specifically GMAT, if you want to reach your target score, you don’t solve thousands of questions superficially; you solve a few hundred questions with clarity on each and every aspect of the question and the options. 

In both the cases, you’ll work hard.

However, one hard work will lead you to your target score and the other nowhere.

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Probably, our biggest achievements lie in overcoming our biggest fears.

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Stress remains one of the biggest reasons for underperformance on the test day. I have seen people scoring 50 or more points lower on their actual GMAT than they had been scoring on the mocks. One reason is stress – stress that they won’t be able to reach their target score.

How to handle such stress? 

One thing I believe is that if you are at a capability level of a particular GMAT score, let’s say 700, and your target is also around 700, then you’ll be worried/stressed. Why? Because somewhere inside each of us knows that not everything is under our control. Thus, we cannot ‘ensure’ that the score will reflect our capability. Thus, expecting a score that is around your capability level will generally cause stress, and such stress will generally cause the actual score to be lower. 

What is the way out? 

The way out is to be happy with a much lower score. E.g. if you are at 700 level, it means being happy with a 600 score. If you are able to make yourself believe (somehow) so, you’ll not be stressed out since you know that you’ll be able to score a 600 on GMAT. When stress is out of the picture, you’ll very likely perform at your capability level.  

Rather, this was my strategy when I took GMAT for the first time and scored a 770. More details on this in the next post 🙂

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When somebody throws dirt at you, focus not on throwing dirt back at them or making sure that they don’t do so again, but on growing your stature so that even when they throw dirt at you in the future, it doesn’t reach your face but rather falls on your feet. 

Sameer Kamat‘s words of wisdom

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About Chiranjeev Singh

An Alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad and with scores of 780 (2017) and 770 (2013) on GMAT and 99.98%ile on CAT, Chiranjeev is one of the most qualified GMAT tutors in India. Chiranjeev has earlier served as Director of Curriculum at e-GMAT. Chiranjeev has been helping students ace GMAT since 2012. He follows a concept-based methodology to teaching GMAT and is very committed to student success. You may contact him for any private GMAT tutoring needs at He conducts online sessions for students across the world.

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