Well I had my test scheduled for 1pm which is a good time, not too early, not too late. I got to the testing center in Chicago and there were many people waiting to take various tests. I was unfortunately informed that the ear-plugs that I have been practicing with for the last month were not allowed. I heard some information that they would be, but instead I was issued this CHEAP CHEAP unforfortable plastic ear-muffs. They did a POOR job of blocking out sound.
So I was called to take the test, they take your picture, etc, and I sat down. It was quite noisy in teh room, sweeky chairs, people going in and out, etc.The Essays:
Let's start out with the result first. I got a 5.5.
I busted through each essay in 20 mintues. I was super-hyped up, and I wrote a ton. That's what all the books/guides tell you, just write a ton. Well I wrote a ton, and I thought I did a good job, but I still got .5 off. Well still not bad.
This part was HARDER than all the practice tests, besides Kapalan. Using the OG hard questions, www.gmatrescue.com , and the Kaplan 800 questions. You need to know things stone-cold for this. There were really tough probability questions which gmatrescue.com really helped me with. Going over and over the hard DS questions in the OG really helped me. You just have to find your own groove in doing these questions.
I didn't need much help in the RC or Criticial Reasoning, but my SC was horrible. I think they only thing that helped this was reading many books, many months before the tests. I have heard of many people studying grammer to help out SC, but I knew I was "ok" with the rest of the test, so I just concentrated on the math. Also I figured out my own groove for doing the hardest CR questions.
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