Since my GMAT is in 15 days, I took my first GMATPrep this morning. Woke up at 7am, had breakfast, had coffee, and watched the first woman ever win the Bay to Breakers. As soon as she crossed the finish line, I turned off the TV, ate a Clif Blok (I’m testing nutrition for the day of the test), and fired up the GMAT Prep.
I wrote cursory outlines for the two writing samples, since I’m not concerned about my writing abilities and I’ve already taken the full test with good essays twice. I know that I can endure and I know that if I make myself do the full writing test one more time before the actual test, I might kill myself.
The first math question threw me for a loop even though I knew how to solve it. I spent waaaay too much time on this and killed a good 6 minutes on a question that should have only taken me 2. I was a little overly cautious in the first few questions and ended up killing WAAAAAY too much time. I was at a significant defecit through the course of my Quant section and considered quitting and starting over next week instead. I guessed on a lot of questions and didn’t think too many through since I didn’t have very much time…about an average of 1.5 minutes to 1 minute per remaining 20 questions. ARGH!
After the quant, I was pretty disappointed, but I got up, went pee, quickly at 2 Clif Blocks, sipped some water and sat back down. I think these Clif Blocks significantly helped, as I didn’t lose my concentration quite as much as I usually do.
Verbal seemed to be a breeze although I got 4 reading comprehension passages when I thought there were only 3. Oh well! When I finished, I clicked Finish with the expectation that I would get a 650 tops…
Instead, the score read 700!!! (Q42, V44) HOLY CRAP! I CAN DO THIS! How the hell did I do so well and still bomb the math? I guess I answered the crucial ones correctly. That’s the highest I’ve ever scored on verbal, too. I got 15 wrong in the math and 7 wrong in the verbal. I saw a few familiar questions from the official guide that I immediately knew the answer to.
Tomorrow, when my brain is less fried, I’ll have to review the ones that I got wrong. But this is good!!! Not too high that my ego will get the better of me, but just high enough as to be a confidence booster going into the test. YAY ME!!!