Discussion in 'General Chat' started by globetrotter, Feb 14, 2008.
enjoy the time off, D.
best of luck.
yeah, they say that happens when you get up in age.
Don't know if it is making me happy, but my NEw Year's resolution is to get with the program and start more seriously studying for the GMAT's. I am going to start tonight at the coffee shop. I plan to get some studying done tomorrow during the snowy day as well.
good luck, pB.
Thanks, I hate standardized tests. So annoying.
Here's my takeaway from writing the GMAT: if it takes longer and longer for you to do each question, don't worry. It means the adaptive testing software has closed in on your ability. I was freaked out the last several questions took me quite a while and it was my first time writing it. You get a chance to erase the entire test without knowing what you got. Don't do that! I decided I had fucked up but would use that as a baseline for my next attempt. Can't remember what I got exactly but nearly hit the floor when it spit out a 700+ number.
I've heard things have changed though. I can remember my score (think it was 710 or 720) was impressive at that time. Seems like 700 is considered "meh" these days. Not sure if that's correct or not.
Yeah, I have heard similar strategy, and the books I have say this as well. I just can't wait to be done with all of this formal bullshit and just start taking classes and learning something. I have been putting off my MBA not because of classes, but just this hurdle. I am also weighing either using money to buy a bigger condo in a few years, or delaying that for school payments.
the median score at the very top schools is only between 710 and 720, so I wouldn't label 700 as meh.
the quant section is getting much harder with 20-25% of GMAT exams now being taken in China. Them Azn's are good at numbers. It also means that a strong verbal score can really raise your overall score. You could score like 50th percentile in quant but 97th percentile in verbal and still end up with a 710.
Also, I think that 70% of doing well is having the knowledge and the other 30% is understanding how to maximize your time on the test with the adaptive part. My GMAT instructor advised learning a few basics of geometry, and then just forget the rest. Same with combinatorics and probability.
I thought I was petty good at grammar until I started looking at these sentence structure questions. Holy fuck.
Hmm, I wonder what a Rube Goldberg-type ironing setup would look like.
I ended up re-attaching a button on one of my OCBDs that was coming loose, and felt pretty good about my effort. Actually, it's not that I've never re-attached a button, it's more that it didn't take very long at all. yay me
Harvey is a master button sewer.
I remember when I took it - I took a couple of practice tests, went in for the real one, almost wavered on cancelling the scores, and was thrilled about the score I got. But I tend to do pretty well on standardized tests.
read the prompt sentence, and then scan the answers. You'll see splits, or changes from sentence correction to sentence correction. Focus on one that you belive is correct, and then eliminate the others. From here, focus on a second split and hone in on an answer. You can't do those by thinking about what's correct and just reading one after the other until "ok, this one is probably best, it sounds right". No.
I've got my work cut out for me.
I've got my cut worked out for me.
the hardest ones are the shortest sentences since the large ones can have a ton of things incorrect to focus on.
Separate names with a comma.