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Disaster strikes

Well today was supposed to be an historic occasion. It was meant to be the day when the ANALyst conquered the obstacle called GMAT. It was the day he was meant to showcase his verbal quantitative superiority over lesser mortals. It was the day, when the first of four obstacles towards getting into the hallowed grounds of the bschool would be removed.

Only, it didn’t. The ANALyst managed to f**k up. Yes, impossible as it sounds, that is exactly what happened. The ANALyst managed to run out of time in the quantitative section without attempting the last eight questions. EIGHT questions unanswered in a GMAT is as good as dead.

Ended up with a disastrous 640, which by any stretch of my imagination isn’t going to get me admission into a top-school. Not with only two and a half years of work experience, even if one of those years was spent in the Emerging Economy.

Given, that it is already mid-November and I haven’t really started on the essays, doing the GMAT again in December would be a tad late for round 2 applications this year. So I guess, this means no b-school in ’10 :-(.

What happens to me now? Well, I frankly don’t know!!! I was pretty set on applying to b-school this year, but seems like some higher soul had other plans. If you guys have any ideas, please let me know. For once The ANALyst is listening!

November 10, 2009 - Posted by | B-School, Life


  1. Buck up, son. why not go for round 3?

    If you really think you’re ready now, then my advice is to push the throttle forward and re-prep for the GMATs and write the essays. Just do it.

    Comment by Consultant Ninja | November 10, 2009 | Reply

  2. Agreed with Ninja. Although I think doing the GMAT again in Dec still gives you enough time for round 2. PS – don’t sweat it – I screwed it my first time due to time also.

    Comment by Consultant Insider | November 10, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thanks. Appreciate it. But I feel, instead of hurrying through the applications, I could probably do them better for R1 next year. And another year of work experience couldn’t harm.

    Comment by banalyst | November 11, 2009 | Reply

  4. Yes. Better continue prep for GMAT retake and finish it asap. I personally think those 8 unanswered questions could’ve dragged your score by 50-60points.
    So, you still stand a chance to get a better score with proper time management.

    Comment by afan | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  5. Afab, agreed. BTW, do I know you by any chance? You seem to be from a similar general location. Is that right or am I totally off.

    Comment by banalyst | November 20, 2009 | Reply

  6. I am sure we don’t know each other even by chance 🙂
    Is this general location identified through blog stats?

    Comment by gm | November 22, 2009 | Reply

  7. There are other hints to Banalyst’s location…

    Comment by Jay | November 22, 2009 | Reply

  8. Yeah I have given many hints indeed. All of them intentional 😛

    Comment by banalyst | November 22, 2009 | Reply

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