Sorry, I'm way too excited right now, so I just have to share. I took my GMATs at noon today and am very surprised and happy with my score. I have thirty minutes to write this, so it might not be as coherent as I'd like it to be...
For some background. Around six weeks ago, I decided that maybe I should apply to bschools and to take the GMATs. I'm 31, and applying for fall of 2014 is the only chance I'll have. I have a wife and two kids, and it's basically the only time we feel like a move will be possible for us before we settle down for good. This has been quite the six-week journey for us (my wife and I). I should also mention here that my wife is currently is school full time and also works part time, so we're both incredibly busy. I am so thankful that she's been so supportive and able to give me time to study by occupying the kiddos.
Anyway, here are reasons why I thought I would fail the GMATs today. I did my last of any studying or practicing questions 4days ago on Saturday. Saturday night I got hit with a bug and been puking all night with a fever. My daughter then got this too, and had to miss school on Monday. So Sunday I was too sick to do anything, and Monday I was still sick and had to take care of a sick child. Tuesday I went back to work and was slammed with lots of work (Monday work compiled). And since people have been saying to have a relaxing day before, I didn't do anything last night.
Okay, so not only did I not touch the GMAT for four days, but I've been steadily getting worse on my practice CATs. Here's a list of the CATs I've taken.
cat1, 710 Q51 V29
cat2, 750 Q51 V33
9/17, manhattangmat, 690 Q48 V36
, 730 Q50 V41
cat3, 720 Q51 V34
9/28, gmat pill
, 740 Q49 V42
9/28, gmat prep 1, 700 Q50 V34
cat4, 710 Q50 V38
, 690 Q50 V35
10/5, gmat prep 2, 680 Q49 V33
Plan was to take the last Kaplan
I had on Sunday, but stupid sickness prevented me from doing any such thing. Anyway, this downward trend really worried us. By Saturday, we basically conceded the fact that six weeks clearly wasn't enough time to study and that I should register for another exam 31 days after today. I still had a log of OG problems to finish, I still feel uncomfortable with many idioms and general sentence correction things...
So, I registered for an exam at noon. I can't believe people register for exams at 8:00am. I slept in, waking up from a call at 8:30 from my wife... saying she forgot to bring the milk into the day care, so I'm gonna have to do that
Great. So I went off and did that (it's 15 mins each way). Came back, and it's already past 9:30... took a shower, made sure I found and wore my favorite outfit, ate leftovers... hm still got an hour to kill. I can now see why some people register for the 8am. The anxiety and wait is killing me. I read my Tepper brochure to pump me up then left. Got to exam center early, had to wait half an hour for a computer to open up.
Anyway, the exam. I felt the AWA was better than I had expected, esp considering I didn't practice it. I was gonna do that sometime in the four days before the exam, oops. The AWA section ended as I was typing away, so there's at least one unfinished sentence in it. Oh well.
I've been doing really well on the IR sections in the practice CATs I've been taking (always 7 or 8). However, I felt like I had a lot of trouble with this one. Timing is always tricky on IR. Anyway, I guess I won't know how I did until the official mail comes. I don't expect it to be great though. Same with the AWA.
At this point, I'm already hungry. And I should mention here that I didn't bring food. I figured I'd eat right before the exam, since it's around lunch time, but I guess I kinda forgot about that. Anyway, with the quant, I always feel like I get 100% of them right. Of course, that's never the case. So I can really only judge how I'm doing based on how hard the questions are... which is an awful indicator. Nevertheless, more than half way through, there were lots of really really easy dumb questions, so I figured maybe I wasn't doing as well as I'd hope. But, I can never tell with quant. I finished 15 minutes early, and decided to rest for 15 mins at my cube, and skip the 8 min break.
Now Verbal. I felt like I was doing like I normally did. I can never tell the difference between two of the answers on certain SCs and CRs... but whatever. I was a little sad that I didn't get any science reading passages, as that's my forte, but I'm so thankful I didn't get a reading passage that I didn't comprehend. That tends to happen time to time and I usually end up getting all the RC questions wrong for that passage. Anyway half way through I checked the time, and I was right on target to use up the entire 75 minutes. Then I'm not sure how, but I was left with 10 questions and 15 minutes, which turned into 4 questions in 1 minute. The first three were long CR questions, so I literally randomly guessed, and the last was a SC, which I quickly skimmed and made an educated guess.
So crap. I guessed on the last 4 verbal questions. I was so sure I was not going to be happy with my score. But no way I'd cancel. Our plan was that I'd register for another exam 31 days after this, and in the meantime take my studying a little more seriously by registering with Knewton or some place else that had a guarantee for 50+ points. Anyway, wow, that's a lot of pages you have to go through just to see your score... just show me already!!!
Turned out to be a 740! :D Q51 V38. I've been so excited and I'm glad I'll have an extra month now to work on these apps that will be due on Jan 2014... the real adventure begins!
Ok sorry for the ramble but I'm out of time... I need to pick up the kiddos.
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