Achieving GMAT 700 is hard. Many GMAT-takers are at least fairly successful professionals in their twenties and 700 means a top 10 percentile overall performance in Quantitative and Verbal, so it is bound to be hard. Also if it were easy to score in the 700, the GMAT would lose its value to business schools because this test has been designed as a fine-tuned mechanism to separate the good from the great
Knowing what to expect can help one not to lose hope in the face of adversity. Many individuals may take the GMAT once and lose heart because they didn’t get the score they had hoped for. This common issue can either help or hurt you, depending on if one of the people who continues to strive for success or you are one of the people who give up. Now let’s have a look at why achieving GMAT 700 is hard.
First of all there is some light at the end of the tunnel. The math skills required to do well on the quantitative section of the GMAT are skills that have been learned in 6th and 10th grade math. While that may feel like ancient history to some, this means that these types of equations are common and not insurmountable.
However, GMAT takes these skills to another level: quick application. Not only do you need to know these skills but you need to know how to use them to deal with questions in various scenarios and do so quickly. At the same time, the not-so-common data sufficiency questions may make it even harder for you to have a decent quantitative sub-score if you do not prepare enough.
Remember GMAT, even in the Verbal section, is not a language test. So you have to treat it differently with your high school English or Literature exams. Each of the three types of verbal questions brings up challenges:
- Reading Comprehension requires you to understand the logic and reasoning of passage with a wide range of themes in a short period of time.
- Sentence Correction needs you to review and polish your grammar system and caliber your habit of using English to a way of GMAT-level effective expression.
- Critical Reasoning demands you to enhance your logical thinking ability and see through arguments behind complex structures quickly.
All these challenges need hours of practice to resolve.
“700+ is by definition not available to everyone – only 10% can do it, so it cannot be easy. Your competitive advantage? Knowing that many of your competitors expect that it will be easy, and that they’ll quit before you do.
Remembering this fact will give you the edge over your competitors. Taking those extra classes to boost your quantitative and reasoning skills will enable you to gradually climb up to the 700 range. The GMAT is your opportunity to separate yourself from others, to outshine the herd and come out on top. The most important thing to keep in your mind is that the first time you take it, you probably won’t get the score your after. Only with persistence and dedication can the GMAT be solved.