Last week (November 4 to be exact), we tweeted this link to a Times of India article with a breakdown of test prep hours by country. The next day, the Wall Street Journal picked it up and this week the WSJ article has been republished by Daily Caller and perhaps others as well. It’s now starting to appear that this is taking on a life of its own and creating additional anxiety for US test takers.
So, we thought we’d take this opportunity to try to set the record straight and quash some of this unnecessary anxiety. US test takers can score just as high on the GMAT and GRE. An informal survey of several US citizen AdmissionsConsultants clients with very high GMAT or GRE scores reveals that they also put in hundreds of hours of diligent test prep time like their top-scoring Asian counterparts.
We hope this doesn’t surprise anyone. After all, we would fully expect that a survey of top athletes would show they put more hours of diligent practice into their chosen sports than the ‘weekend warrior.’