I totally get it. For most people, taking the GMAT is about as enjoyable as getting a root canal. Personally, I’m a big fan (of the exam, not dental work), but I’m also a bit biased having spent nine years with GMAC, the entity that administers and develops the GMAT exam. I also admit to taking my first standardized test at 11 years old. Since then I’ve sat for just about every exam under the sun – the SAT, GRE, ACT – even the MCAT and LSAT. So I speak from experience when I say that the GMAT is special. And I think you can learn to love it, too. And if that feels like a stretch, then maybe I can convince you to share an appreciation of its virtues.
For one, the GMAT is distinct among assessments when it comes to the MBA. It’s the only standardized exam created by business schools for MBA admissions. It’s been around for five decades, so there are 50 years of validity studies backing it up. It’s true that no standardized test is a perfect predictor of who will be successful in a..