Archive for April, 2007

There is still hope!

This morning I woke up bright and early to take a practice exam. Since my test is scheduled for 8am, I figured I should start taking my practice tests at 8am, which means no sleeping in for me since Saturdays I wake up for my long runs and now Sundays I wake up for my practice test. Hopefully early Sundays will end with my test on June 4. I do miss going out a bit.

I’ve gone through almost half of the OG 11, emphasizing the math problems that have been my weakness. When I woke up, I did two of the Kaplan online classroom quizzes to warm up my brain. I was surprised when I only got 30% of the Algebra data sufficiency questions correct, compared to the 60% previously. That wasn’t a good sign, but it was time to take the damn test.

To me, the GMAT isn’t just a test of “knowledge,” it is also a test of stamina. Can you endure, persevere, and focus for a long period of time? Practice tests are mentally draining, but so is the real thing. The more you practice, the more you become used to the conditions, and hopefully the less draining it’ll be.

My AP US History teacher made us take timed written tests every Thursday, which I dreaded. However, it made me so used to taking writing tests under time pressures, that when it came time for the actual AP test, it was a breeze!

 Anyway, I got a 670 today, my highest score yet on a Kaplan test. There is hope yet! After a 590, 580, 580, 630, 610…670 is a very welcome sight. GO ME! The strange thing is that my math was 7% higher than my verbal, which means I also need to continue to work on my reading comprehension.


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GMAT Rescheduled

I just rescheduled my GMAT appointment from April 28 to June 4. I still have a lot of work to do on the Quant section if I want to have a competitive application to a Top 15 b-school. My Verbal rocks. Since the 2nd grade, my verbal has always been stronger than my math, but the gap has never been as significant as it is currently (according to the Kaplan diagnostics). Hopefully it is just because I haven’t used my math brain in a while. It is taking me longer to ramp up than expected (including a few work-related bumps in the road).

 So far, I’ve scored a 590, 580, 580, and 630 on my Kaplan CATs. I’ve read on every MBA blog that Kaplan has the lowest scores and that the true test is GMATPrep. However, I want to feel really ready so that I only have to take the GMAT once. I have some more work to do before I feel that I can realistically reach my 700 target.

 I zipped through the OG quantitative workbook and just went through the diagnostic on the big orange OG 11 book. I probably got 2/3 wrong on the math portion and only 4 wrong on the entire verbal section. Told ya I had to work on my math!!

 Concurrently, I’m studying for a marketing manager certification sponsored by my employer. I have another textbook chapter to read through before I take the pre-test, which will allow me entrance into the 2-week course.

 I have a lot to juggle right now, but it is invigorating!

 To further strengthen my application in the fall, I’ll need to squish in a quantitative course this summer to prove that I can make it through the first year of b-school. The only quantitative course on my college transcripts is a semester of statistics for non-majors. Argh!

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With the start of this new page, I now concurrently manage 4 separate personal blogs:

  1. Original personal blog: started during my undergrad years and is now almost 10 years old. This is on the diaryland platform and has the largest readership out of all my blogs. I’ve pulled back the kind of information that I reveal since blogging can affect one’s work and personal life. Now, I only post here what I wouldn’t mind telling the world.
  2. Running blog: This just tracks my daily workouts and weekend races on LiveJournal. I don’t think anyone reads this besides myself, because who wants to read about my weekly track workouts and the time I almost (accidentally) spit on an elite runner trying to pass me?
  3. Special project blog: My friends and I wanted a way to track the new bars that we visited this year, since last year, I realized that we were in a rut, always going to the same places. Yes, this goal conflicts with my current b-school goals, so activity has died down significantly since the beginning of the year. This one’s on blogspot.
  4. So now, I have a b-school applicant blog, because I don’t want to bore everyone else with my b-school anxieties and progress. So, in keeping with my multi-blog platform, this one’s on a completely different tool: WordPress.

Something I need to stay away from: Business Week forums (it is amazing how inadequate I feel after going through these). I need to will myself to stay away, as it serves no other purpose than to make me neurotic with self-doubt.

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