A Lost Weekend Studying for Saturday’s GMAT Test

by Steve Gargiulo on

Bound for Columbia or Cornell: Blogger Steve Gargiulo

Is the weekend over already? Seriously? I could have sworn that I had another day in there somewhere.

My weekend consisted entirely of studying, taking practice tests, and re-writing my Columbia/Cornell essays. First thing is first: I am a freakin’ genius! I don’t know if it had anything to do with my strategy of reading some James Joyce, but my reading comprehension (RC) scores were off the charts good! After having to really concentrate to understand the ramblings of Joyce, the RC section seemed like a pleasant read. Maybe it was that I was more confident, maybe I got easy questions, but either way I am going to keep doing what I am doing.  My score for the test was once again a 700, 45Q and 40V. I am pretty happy with this and I am interested to see how this will translate to the real thing next weekend. I can’t believe it is here already! It seems like yesterday that I was buying the online course from Manhattan GMAT. In total I scored 700 3 times, I scored 660 and lastly I scored a 640. This is good for an average score of 680, which is 22 points higher than the last time I was taking practice tests. Hopefully I see a similar score bump on my test on Saturday.

The week ahead is a hectic one to say the least. Tonight I am attending a  Columbia event in NYC, which focuses on Finance and Economics. It should be what I need to put the finishing touches on my essays this weekend. On Wednesday I have an industry event after work, which I might have to skip out on to study. Thursday I am taking the day off to study and to speak with Randall Sawyer, who heads up admissions at Cornell University’s Johnson School. On Friday, I rest. I take it easy before test day and go to bed early. Saturday is my test and that night I have a celebratory dinner & drinks with friends. Sunday will probably be finishing off essay and tweaking things, after my Columbia event and any hints I pick up from Randall. Sleep?…overrated!

This post has been adapted from Confessions of an MBA Applicant where Steve Gargiulo has been blogging since May of 2009.

Previous posts:

My Application Plans: Take Two

The Ups & Downs Of Taking Those Practice GMAT Tests

A Report on the MBA’s Tour Stop in New York City

Pulling James Joyce Off the Shelf to Improve a GMAT Score

  • http://www.gmatpreptutor.com H. Silverman – Silverman GMAT Prep

    The James Joyce strategy is certainly an interesting one. Congrats on the RC score. Good luck on the test!

    H. Silverman
    Silverman GMAT Prep
    http://www.GmatPrepTutor.com

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