Hugo vs GMAT: fourth practice exam

Just as the NFL preseason enters its fourth and final weekend, I have also come to the end of my particular GMAT preseason. Yet again I freed my scheduled for 3,5 hours in order to take the last practice exam before tuesday when I will be facing the real exam.

This time I took a completely new exam, and again I completed all the sections, including AWA, because thus I can practice writing and I get to the Quant section with a full hour of work, just as I will next tuesday.

The Exam

AWA and IR went without much trouble. Although I was gladly surprised by the fact that none of the IR questions were the same that in the previous “new” exam, therefore I did take it seriuosly.

Quant started very very well. I was going fast and sure of what I was doing. But all of a sudden I started seing questions that I though were too easy, and very close to one another, so I started thinking I was not doing too well… maybe. The good thing is that did not let that stop me, and tried to focus on the questions ahead. You never know.

Verbal wnet great also. The only weird thing is that I got asked the same question twice, and with just another quesiton in between those two times: I got asked question A and answred right; then question B, and when I also got it right, question A appeared again… I may have been a bug. From that moment on, everytihng went back to normal.

The Results

770 (50q, 44v)

What to expect on exam day

Just as in professional football, preseason success does not equal suber bowl victory. On exam day there are many factors that come into play, first and foremost, that you know it counts. Because when you are at home, even if you get a little nervous (I do) because your results will reflect your progress, deep down, you know it is a fake exam, therefore, you sometimes answer more quickly than you would or don´t think too much a certain question.

Personally, I will try to reproduce as much as possible what I have done in my preparation: not to overthink the questions, not to doubt my judgement and my answers,… and very important,to ease the tension.

With the results I have been getting my main goal has not changed: 730, with at lest 48 in quant. But now, I hope I can get at least a 740. Then again, we are talking GMAT here, and it is usual that your score goes down when compared to practice exams, so 730, and if I can get anything above that, it will be more than great.

I´ll let you know in 4 days.

Have a nice weekend my followers!

P.S Just one more week until we completely dominate those Dolphins!

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Hugo vs GMAT: third practice exam

I have just taken my third practice exam, a weekly ritual lately.

I have taken one of the exams I already took last year. Of course I donñt take this results as seriously as the ones from “new” exams because, in the end, you see some questions you have answered before, and even if you donñt remeber the answer and have to work a little, you have clues that point you inte right direction. But, in any case, they are good training for the 3 hour and a half exam that I will fae very soon, so I´ve tried to take one weekly.

I won t go into much detail, just saying that I fell confident during the whole test, and confidence pays.

Results

770 (50, 47)

What´s next?

I have rescheduled the exam for september 2nd. In these 8 days I will try to focus a little more on verbal (because most of my preparation has been on quant), while also going  through some math concepts again so I make sure I don´t forget anything essential before the D day. Besides, I´ll try to practice IR a little.

Overall, I think I am almost as ready as I will be; I will take another practice exam next week that I think will define my expectations for real GMAT, but I would like to socre a 730 at least. Anything above that is great, of course, but let´s not get ahead of ourshelves.

Short post today. I hope I will be able to share more substantial news soon, regarding GMAT, and also how my applications are going.

Have a great week!

 

Hugo vs GMAT: second practice test

Today I took my second practice test.

This time I chosed to do one of the “new ones” to better assess my current level. Besides, to  make it the most similar to an actual exam experience, I also completed the AWA.

The exam:

– AWA: it was not difficult. It served as a great practice for the real exam.

– IR: it was great to see new and different questions here. In generall, I found them to be manageable, nothing too difficult.

– Quant: this time I did not felt so sure. In fact, I started answering wrong the first question, and with some doubts in the first part of the exam. Of course I recovered as I moved forward, but I always had the feeling of being performing below what I expected. I finished the section without knowing what to think after a complicated start,

-Verbal: I felt very comfortable during the whole test. I was sure that I was crashing the verbal part. In fact, I ended the section with almost 7 minutes left on the clock. Mostly because I answered very quickly the last 10 questions, although being sure of what I was doing.

Results:

750 (49q 42v) IR 8

Okay. Quant was better than I expected. Clearly, I did not start as badly as I thought and my recovery was in time and effective. Nevertheless, I need to pay some attention to a couple of questions that caught me off guard if I want to take the exam at my best. Regarding verbal, it is clear that I was not crashing the GMAT as much as I thought. Maybe I got overconfident and I should have used those 7 minutes to think deeper about some questions, in spite of how sure I was of my answer. A 42 is great, but I thought I was doing better.

Overall a great performance indeed. What does it mean? It means I will most likely change my exam date to late August, because it is clear that I am prepared to take the GMAT and score higher than the last time, therefore I would gain nothing by postponing it. Besides, leaving it for september means I have to keep practicing, and I need all the time I have to create the best applications I can.

This does not mean that I am done with GMAT. I must use the couple weeks left in August to polish some concepts and practice certain types of problems so can entrer the test center as self-comfident as I can.

Have a nice sunday!

 

 

Second practice exam

Some days ago I took another GMAT Prep practice exam. In general, it was better than the first one, yet it again highlighted the fact that I really need to focus and pay more attention to the time clock since, again, I failed to aswer all the questions, this time in the math section.

Truth be told, I did have a slow start. I struggled a bit to find my rythm, and that translated into consuming more time than I should in the first 5 or 6 questions. Once I got myself together I did much better. The worst part came when, upon reaching question number 35, with a minute left, I thought that I had at least time to read this one and then guess the 36 and 37; but somwhere in the middle, I lost focus (or something) and began to solve question number 35 as if I had all the time in the world. Result: ding!!! and 3 questions unanswered.

So I felt stupid, but decided that it could not affect my performance in the verbal section and I took some minutes to relax and try to focus in the verbal part. And I did. Furthermore, I started with the clear idea of pacing myself efficiently (withouth losing accuracy in my responses, of course). The result was much better than in the previous exam: only 6 questions wrong with a 42 overall score in the section, all due to my better time management; not having to rush the final answers really helps.

In the end, I had a 730 (47q,42v). I ended very hapy with my verbal score and not so pissed with my quant given the circumstances, although I hope that I won´t make such a stupid mistake when the exam day comes and, certainly, that I will manage my time properly.

Now what?

Since I´ll be taking the exam next week, this is the time to wrap it up so I will keep practicing questions (mostly math questions), reviewing some concepts and idioms and trying to practice the AWA a little bit (let´s not forget about the essay!).

I am really looking forward to it.

Getting There

It was time to put my skill to a test.

Last saturday I took my first GMAT practice exam.  I had finished almost all the questions in the official guides and supplements, and the percentage of those questions I had answered right was quite hight,so I thought it was time to see how I would perform in a mock exam, having to endure 3 hours sitting in front of a computer screen and with the added pressure of what the result could say about my progress.

I obtained a 710 score and I was thrilled to see a 49 score in the quantitative section. Upon finishing it, I did not expect to score so high, fearing to have failed some questions, although I must admit I did hope it would be a decent score. In the end it was very good. On the other hand, a 39 score in the verbal part, despite being a great result, was disappointing in that I expected to score above 40, and I still think I can do it.

But one of the advatages of taking a practice exam is that it highlights those areas where you still have work to do and those details to which you should pay more attention and, clearly, I have to pace myself better. I didn´t  have enough time left to read properly the last 4 questions of the verbal test, in fact, I couldn´t even answer the last one, really hurting my score. Yesterday I went over the exam, and retook those last few questions, my results being quite different. So my time management must improve.

All and all, it was a great experience, the first taste of what i might face on the test day, and it has showed I am in the right path. Now, let´s go again over some concepts, retake some questions that have caused trouble and, finally, take another practice exam, hopefully pacing myself better and confirming the good results of this first test.

If everything goes well, then it will be time to go for the GMAT.