I took yesterday off work and today. Just time to relax. Not to study. I have avoided cramming for the test because at this point I don't think I can learn anything new. I just need to get into the right frame of mind.
The last week I have written 3 practice exams in preparation. The first exam did not go well. Did NOT go well.
The second and third exam gave me exactly the score I am looking for. Exactly the right score.
You may want to know what that score is. So, I'll tell you!
The GMAT is in 3 parts:
- Essays. You write an essay on an issue and a second essay on an analysis of an argument. You have 1 hour to do this...30 minutes each. In this case you get an overall score out of 6.
- Quantitative. Math. yuck. In this one you are given 75 minutes and 37 questions. In this section you get a score out of 51.
- Verbal. This is reading comprehension, sentence correction, etc. You are again given 75 minutes but this time 41 questions.
What schools want to see:
- Essays: 4. They don't care if you write great essays. They just want to know that you can write something cohesive.
- Quantitative: at least the 50th percentile, which is 38
- Verbal: at least the 50th percentile, which is 29
- An overall score of at least the 50th percentile, which is 550
What I want is:
- Essays: at least a 4.
- Quantitative: I need a 38.
- Verbal: Personally, I would love to get a 41 which is the 92 percentile.
Basically, my verbal is pretty awesome and my math is pretty crappy. I have nothing to worry about in regards to verbal but that is the section that brings my overall score up. I just need that damn 38 in the math!
In my practice tests I got exactly these score. perfect. Let's just hope I can do that again today and then I can forget about all this crap! ;)
Wish me luck!