Day 6 - Finished Essay Section, Verbal Warm-up
I've finally finished all the lessons in the Princeton Review Book. Today I covered the Writing Assessment section, pages 262-288. I didn't get that much useful information from this material. Frankly, I'm not too concerned about the Writing Assessment in the GMAT because (1) I've done a lot of writing in college, and (2) I'm a native English speaker. For all you non-native English speakers out there taking the test, it's worth investing some time in preparing for the essays--business schools will more than likely be interested to see how you score on this part of the exam. Nothing ever seems easy for international folks trying to get an education in the US...
This evening I also did a set of verbal warm-up questions in the Princeton Review book, pages 304-311. I was somewhat upset by the results: 15/20 correct. The score was slightly lower than I had hoped, but I was encouraged by the fact that most of my errors were careless and that I could figure out almost every question. I wrote down all of the questions I got wrong on a piece of paper, categorized the type of question (sentence correction, reading comprehension, or critical reading) and cataloged each one as either "careless" or "didn't know". Perhaps later I will make a matrix of my errors to determine where I should improve.
Tomorrow I take my first practice CAT exam from the PowerPrep software. PowerPrep is an especially great CAT test to begin with because it is a close approximation (in terms of difficulty) to the actual GMAT. I'm going to try simulating test conditions by waking up early and heading to the library.
Hey General Management Admission Council: what's the deal? You guys should really allow for more afternoon exam times.
SUMMARY OF DAY 6 WORK:
1. PR Writing Assessment Review, pages 262-288.
2. PR Verbal Warm-up Practice, pages 304-311.
RECAP OF DAY 6 INSIGHTS:
1. Only foreign students should really be concerned with the writing section on the GMAT.
2. Be sure to practice CATs under simulated conditions.