GMAT Tip of the Week: What Kim Kardashian Can Teach You About Your GMAT Prep

It was the divorce that everyone — except perhaps Kris Humphries — saw coming on the day of the wedding. After a mere 72 days, Kim Kardashian and her New Jersey Net announced that they would end their brief experiment with the idea of matrimony. Whether you think it was a publicity stunt or a more heartfelt commitment that just didn’t work out, there’s something that you can take away from all of this.

Just as you should get married when you’re serious about the commitment (ahem, Kim and Kris), you should only adopt a GMAT prep strategy when you’re sure that it’s effective and it suits your learning style. It’s good to know what works for other people, but your learning style is unique to you, and your mileage may vary. So, choose a GMAT study strategy carefully and, once you’ve done that, commit to it with all of your heart.

Having said that, much like young Ms. Humphries — err, Kardashian — you might choose poorly. Maybe you rush into a strategy with stars in your eyes, oblivious to the signals that it’s not working. It happens all the time. Odds are that you’re not a GMAT expert — only 1% of test takers score 760 or better on the GMAT, after all — and you may develop bad habits that cause you to spend too much time on Reading Comprehension questions or fall for easy traps in data Sufficiency problems. If, after a month or two of studying it’s clear that you’re not improving, it’s time to admit that a change is needed.

Too often we meet GMAT students who are overly committed to a way of preparing for the test even when their study strategy clearly isn’t working. They’re either too proud to admit they need help or are unduly swayed by others’ stories of how they did well, and they keep doing more of the same despite the fact that their scores stay stagnant. These folks need to invoke Kim and Kris and admit to themselves that it’s not working. They need to stop what they’re doing and adopt a new GMAT study strategy.

Fortunately for you, the GMAT registration fee is only $250 — far less than the estimated $10 million Kim and Kris spent on their wedding — so do-overs are very possible. And, if you start early enough, you can afford to start your prep over, purchase some new books, maybe enroll in a GMAT prep course, and retrain your brain. Just as Kim and Kris new better than to stick with a marriage that clearly wasn’t working, you should feel comfortable ditching your GMAT study plan and adopting a new one when things aren’t working out.

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