GMAT is all about logic and meaning. It means that the GMAT prep would have been easier if we had practiced living our lives more on intellect, logic, and meaning. We find GMAT challenging since we build our lives based on certain pre-conceived notions rather than using logic. However, now that I have cleared my GMAT exam, its time for me to retrospect and see how much of the learnings I can transfer to the real life. Here are some lessons I have learned from my GMAT prep process:
1. Never assume anything unless otherwise stated – In the quant problem solving this is a default rule that we should keep in mind. This is so relevant to our daily life as well. We let our assumptions come in the way while making important life decisions. While certain assumptions are necessary, more often we tend to take them for granted unknowingly.
2. Comprehending and finding meaning – Both the quant and the verbal sections of GMAT place emphasis on understanding the meaning of statements given. This also includes metaphorical and literal meanings as well. In real life, when we take decisions, we need to think that every action of us has consequences and it has a greater meaning.
3. Resource management – The data sufficiency section of GMAT says that we do not need all the details to take a decision or to solve a problem. In real life too, our resources are limited. We do not have to consume more information or resources to satisfy our needs and solve our problems. The key is to identify what is important for us to achieve our goals.
4. Critical reasoning – Probably, the most important lesson that GMAT teaches us is thinking critically. We take important decisions in our life based on other’s opinions and advices, including those of media. What we tend to forget is the real story or the context. More often than not, we tend to take certain numbers and stats provided by media as granted and use that as a reason to do things in our lives. We need to pay more attention to this behavior and always keep in mind that unless we know the whole story, our judgment could go wrong on things. This is true even in case of building relationships with people and also, taking care of our health.
5. Communication – The AWA and SC sections in GMAT emphasize the importance of English language. These sections help us in organizing information or curate information based on certain themes or topics. This improves communication skills in real life.
6. Asking WHY? – The CR, RC and the quant section forces us to think about why a particular piece of information is relevant. We can use this ‘why’ concept in our real life as well. Why are we doing certain things? Why do we need this stuff? By knowing our why’s, we develop a unique point of view, and we feel more confident about taking control of our lives.
7. Evaluation – The Verbal section of GMAT teaches us to evaluate the existing options and choose the best among those. We can use this in our life to achieve big things by not waiting for the perfect or a universally accepted solution.
8. Visualization – Both the Quant and the Verbal sections of GMAT lets us visualize the question to enable a quicker decision-making process. Even in our daily lives, we should imagine the output or the dreams as it would help us work towards achieving them.
I shall keep adding to this list as and when I discover more.