Day 16 - Analyzing Kaplan CAT Diagnostic
Somewhat frustrating afternoon. Today I made the poor choice of sitting at the library (where I do most my GMAT studying) next to some loud and obnoxious jackass. He was conducting a study group with his buddies and sounded very pretentious. In any case, I got some interesting data from my analysis of the Kaplan CAT Diagnostic test. Namely, I really suck at reading comprehension.
Examining the results of my last three practice tests, I am finally able to perceive a pattern of poor performance when it comes to reading comprehension. 90% of my trouble is timing. I have not yet developed an effective way of reading the passages quickly and efficiently. I am consistently running out of time on these questions and often have to guess to complete these sections.
Realizing this serious weakness of mine, I studied the reading comprehension lesson off of the Kaplan CD today and went through a RC practice test from the Kaplan CD and another one from the PR CD. Again, I didn't do so well on either test because of my problems with timing.
On a positive note though, I found that Kaplan makes it easy on the user to perform a spreadsheet analysis of its tests. It has a great feature of summarizing your correct and incorrect answers to each question and categorizing each question into a specific type (example, "Data Sufficiency - Algebra"). Made my life just a little bit easier.
SUMMARY OF DAY 16 WORK:
1. Analyzed Kaplan CAT Diag using this spreadsheet.
2. Kaplan Reading Comprehension lesson off of Kaplan CD.
3. Reading Comprehension Practice 1 off of Kaplan CD.
4. Reading Comprehension Practice off of PR CD.
RECAP OF DAY 16 INSIGHTS:
1. Kaplan CD has nice feature of summarizing errors for each problem and classifying each problem type--good for analysis.
2. I really really suck at reading comprehension [Editor's Note: I later determined that I don't really really suck at RC--Kaplan just really really sucks at making RC questions].
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