A Frustrating Day & Night on GMAT Prep

After just completing the quant section of a Veritas test exam, I’m frustrated and embarrassed I scored so low—a 39Q, lower than my high which was a 45Q. In practice exams back in March, I’ve seen this quant score before. Really wonder if this is for me.  I know I should keep at it, but at this point it’s just becoming embarrassing.

The only positive note was that the things I got wrong during this practice exam were topics I haven’t covered yet with my tutor.  One would see/hear that and say, “Well it looks like you’re on the right track!”  What I say to that is, “I don’t care. I want to see an improvement every time I take an exam.”

The last topic we went over was number properties.  I’m starting to get the very basics, but if something new is thrown at me, I don’t know how to think around it.  We’ll definitely need to spend at least two more sessions going over that alone. When I look ahead to all of the topics that we still need to cover, I just hear the cash register sound going off in my head.  Cha-Ching. Cha-Ching because I know I have many more weeks before I’m completely ready.  Then on top of that there’s one thing to be ready while it’s another thing to be confident. I do have a deadline in my head and a potential exam date so that’s what I’m aiming towards.

Well, part of my homework is to get proper amounts of sleep.  Since it’s almost midnight, I need to start getting ready for bed.

This report is adapted from Richard Battle-Baxter’s blog posts at “Ellipsing My Way…To Business School.”

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