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My GMAT Experience (49Q 39V) 710 - TGIOver [#permalink]
01 Dec 2006, 07:28
Iâ€™m in Singapore celebrating. There are not to many African Americans here in Singapore! But I didnâ€™t want to forget about you all. I wanted to share my test experience with you. Well the 2nd time around the stress was a lot less, and I had Iâ€™m gonna crack the 700 barrier this time! I know I can do it. Hell Iâ€™ve done it 50% of the time on my practice tests, and 90% of the time on the ones toward the latter half of my preparation. I kept telling myself 750 baby, 750 - to stoke myself out. I flowed through the essays no problem. I never write down my essay stuff on the pad, I just make notes on the computer screen. And then type away. Luckily, I am fast at typing. BTW the argument essay is always first. I get an essay where an HR individual claimed that since a non-profit get a lot of increased productivity from its workers, their for-profit company should donate to humanitarian causes to increase productivity. I tore that sucker to shreds. Although one thing doesnâ€™t sit well with me, Iâ€™m not sure after I finished my essay if I deleted my notes beneath my concluding paragraph! Lol. We will find out when the AWA score comes in wonâ€™t we? Lol. I will be doubly stoked if I get a 6.0 again â€“ time will tell. I finish the essay with 8 minutes left, so I take an unscheduled break and hit the toilet. Anyway on to my essay issue: The topic was whether or not employees should be able to design there own workspaces to increase their productivity. Piece of cake, I roll right through it, but I take my time to make sure I delete my notes at the end this time . Ok, ok, I know you all could give a rats ass about my essays. Oh yeah I use some of my essay time to write my 41 A,B,C,D,Eâ€™s for my verbal part on the last page of my notepad.
One note, I found out you can hide the time by clicking the time. That proved a value asset to me. It prevents me from clock stressing. During both the Math and Verbal section I hid the time, and only checked it when I was half through the problems, and when I had 10 problems left. This allows me to do quick math to calculate whether I need to speed up, or if I have ample time. With Â½ the problems done I like to see half the time left, and with 10 left I like to see around 20 minutes.
I take my first scheduled 10 minute break after my essays â€“ I leave the room (which you must do, if you take the break). I go to my locker eat some almonds and dried mangoâ€™s for energy, and then hit the toilet again. Wash the hands, then splash some water on my face.
Math: I start out getting a problem that states that something is proportional to the square of some rate. It then says if you increase the rate by 10% the something else increases by what percent. A word problem. For some reason I go off on some tangent and start wigging out when my answer didnâ€™t match the stuff. Iâ€™m like crap, problem one. I close my eyes for 5 seconds and calm down and re-attack, getting quite a simple problem correct. Basically its just a simple equation S = r2. set r to 1, increase by 10% to 1.1, then square that to get 1.21. 21% increase boom simple. After I regain my confidence I start whizzing through problems, only taking educated guesses on about 7 out of the 37 problems. Once again a lot of number properties problems, the standard sequence problem. 2 probability (1 which was DS and 1 PS) , 2 combinations (1DS, 1 PS). I was working like a machine. I hit one impossible geometry problem, which I knew I could solve, but just required so many different steps I got about halfway through and then took an educated guess. I knew that it had to have a sqrt 2 in the answer due to part of a 45 degree triangle in the odd shaped figure, and that limited it to 2 answers. Boom, I guess then move on. I finish right on time with about 30 seconds to spare.
Verbal: first thing I do is hide my time! Then I attack my first sentence correction problem. I get it down to 2 answers. Crap. I guess then move on. I get another sentence correction, same scenario. Why the hell canâ€™t I get past the 2 left mark. Then I get a Critical reasoning problem, the answer jumps out on me. Funny thing is: All my critical reasoning problems seemed to just be on point. Some were challenging assumptions, and method of argument problems, but still manageable. No bold faces this time â€“ woot! Those I always seem to screw up. On the reading comp problems I trick myself into believing they are interesting. I carefully read each passage, no rush, then attack each problem in less than a minute, some as quick as 30 seconds! I had one passage on African Americans and their economic progress post World War II. A science one on tadpole survival in different types of ponds (ones that dry up, and those that donâ€™t) â€“ some technical terms, but believe it or not manageable and interesting (Or at least I tricked myself into believing soo! Lol). After a plethora of the mid part of the test with RC and Critical reasoning, the test transitioned back into a large amount of SC. I get some manageable ones where the answer jumps out if you knew the tricks. One: not only, but also. Another tricky meaning one where you had to realize that you couldnâ€™t refer to the 19th century scientists using they because it was talking about scientists now. It was something like â€œ19th century scientists believed xyz, but today <scientists> have proven abcâ€