Here I am in suburban Atlanta at the Pearson test center where in 30 minutes I will be taking the GMAT, the test that will determine which business schools will find me to be an attractive candidate.
It’s going to be a four-hour grind requiring focus, efficiency and mental endurance. To maintain my mental acuity I have brought a bottle of water and a Nature Valley granola bar to consume during my brief intra-test break.
My heart is racing. My hands are clammy. I am more than a little nauseous.
I really shouldn’t be this nervous. I’ve studied. I’ve reviewed. I’ve taken multiple practice tests.
But the main reason I shouldn’t be nervous is that I already have an MBA.
Yeah, from Dartmouth’s Tuck school. Class of ’97, baby!
I’ve also had a pretty solid post-MBA career in digital media, with career stops at Yahoo!, Facebook, and – oddly enough – years’ worth of time in comedy clubs where I have performed over 500 stand-up comedy shows.
Read the full blog post here to find out how Paul fared on the GMAT…21 years later.
“Taking the GMAT 21 Years Later” was originally published on Poets & Quants on September 15, 2015.