Practice exam aim
Right five weeks to test date. Now it’s time to get some serious exam practice in. But I don’t think it is enough to sit a practice exam and say I want my score to increase, I think it is also useful to have other aims as well. One of things I keep being told is I need to analyse the results, so I think it is helpful to be clear what you’re trying to achieve from the start.
Aims for next practice test
I have decided to have three aims for the practice exam:
Get more sentence correction questions right;
Get those profit and loss questions right;
At least maintain my quant score; and
Improve my verbal score.
How the test went
Overall I’m quite pleased on how it went. Even after having to take a break for a week and doing light study this week, my brain still works. My quant score improved and I got more sentence correction right.
Downside, my score dropped ten points, mainly due to my verbal score crashing. One of the reasons for this was because I found it difficult to concentrate half-way through the exam. But to be fair, that is not unexpected with what my poor brain has been through over the last couple of week, so I’m hoping that this score is a bit of a blip and things will be back to normal next week.
Areas to focus on next week
Based on the exam and I how feel it went I think I need to focus on timing and critical reasoning. I found I needed to be quicker on each question and I needed to pace myself better, as I ended up rushing the last 6-8 questions. So, next week will be doing lots of practice doing questions under three minutes. From my reading it is also recommended to do mixed question sets-they recommend a minimum of 20 at a time. Think I will start with ten and see how I get on. I also found that I was got a number of critical reasoning questions wrong-hopefully I can improve this by studying and practising a few strategies.