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EEK! I'm taking the GRE today!!!

post #1 of 27
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Well, in about 2 1/2 hours I will be taking the GRE.

For anyone who may not know what it is it stands for Graduate Record Exam and you need a good score on it to get into grad school. So, this test is MAJORLY important and I have been studying and stressing over it for quite a while now. Thankfully Brendan has been here to tutor me in the subject I struggle the most - ALL math!

Wish me luck or something guys!! I really don't want to have to take it more than once. I think I'll be crushed if I do poorly after all of the work I have put into it!!

EEK!!!!!! I'm nervous.
post #2 of 27
Oh Good luck!!! I hope you do great!!
post #3 of 27
Are you taking it on a computer or long hand? I took it on a computer, and the most disconcerting thing was the GMAT people in the room with me. They were all typing their fingers off doing their essays, and I found it most annoying while I was trying to concentrate.
post #4 of 27
Lots of luck vibes, and i hope you sail through it!
post #5 of 27
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Originally Posted by Deb25
Are you taking it on a computer or long hand? I took it on a computer, and the most disconcerting thing was the GMAT people in the room with me. They were all typing their fingers off doing their essays, and I found it most annoying while I was trying to concentrate.
It's on the computer. I was told the only people who can do it long hand anymore (at least in this area) are people from other countries. I certainly hope I picked an UNpopular day and time to do it! That would just be SO frustrating!!!


Thanks you guys!!!!! I really, really, hope I do well. The only thing I'm worried about is the math. Hopefully Brendan's tutoring will stick with me!
post #6 of 27
Oh chick, good luck!!! I'm sure you will do great, as much studying as you've done!
My boyfriend takes it a week from today and has he started studying? Noooo. You'll do great
post #7 of 27
Well, the good (and bad) thing about taking it electronically is that you get your results immediately after you finish. No more waiting weeks to find out if you got a decent score.

In the realm of standardized tests, it wasn't too terribly bad. Since then I have taken the FELE, Florida Educational Leadership Exam, which eclipsed them all. It was 8 hours long, and after I took that, I felt as though I would die.
post #8 of 27
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Originally Posted by Deb25
Well, the good (and bad) thing about taking it electronically is that you get your results immediately after you finish. No more waiting weeks to find out if you got a decent score.

In the realm of standardized tests, it wasn't too terribly bad. Since then I have taken the FELE, Florida Educational Leadership Exam, which eclipsed them all. It was 8 hours long, and after I took that, I felt as though I would die.
Oh goodness that sounds terrible!!

The part I don't like about the GRE is that they have that extra section they throw in there for research. I understand the purpose of it and why they do it, but as the person taking it it pretty much sucks knowing I'm going to have one extra section thrown in that won't count, and I don't get to know what section it is. What if I pass with flying colors on the research section and fail on the other section? What a bummer!

I feel like I've prepared pretty well though and I've seen my score increase by 200 points just on the practice CD, so hopefully the actual test will coincide with my CD fairly closely and I'll be sitting pretty.
post #9 of 27
I studied exclusively with one of the practive CDs. It was of tremendous help.
post #10 of 27
I took the GRE in December. I had a lot of stuff going on in my life at that point, pretty much September-December was equal to a type of storm that may not be appropriate to mention. I couldn't find the building the first time, so I had to shell out the registration fee twice to take it. Poor preperation gave me a low verbal score (60th percentile-ish) a slightly better math score (75th percentile-ish) and I winged the essays, and walked away with a 6.0/6.0, which for some reason only comes out to 95th percentile.

I'm leaing hard on the fact that I've been to confrences, and presented a paper in my undergrad career, plus I'm studying abroad. So far, University of Michigan and UC - Berkeley have said their programs are full, but they've been so nice about saying it, it's hard to be upset. Still waiting on U. of Chicago, NYU, Columbia, and U. of Washington - letters go out mid- to late March (sooooooo nervous).

You'll do fine if you're just calm, and can find the building. I had trouble with both of those things though.
post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by mikenealis
I took the GRE in December. I had a lot of stuff going on in my life at that point, pretty much September-December was equal to a type of storm that may not be appropriate to mention. I couldn't find the building the first time, so I had to shell out the registration fee twice to take it. Poor preperation gave me a low verbal score (60th percentile-ish) a slightly better math score (75th percentile-ish) and I winged the essays, and walked away with a 6.0/6.0, which for some reason only comes out to 95th percentile.

I'm leaing hard on the fact that I've been to confrences, and presented a paper in my undergrad career, plus I'm studying abroad. So far, University of Michigan and UC - Berkeley have said their programs are full, but they've been so nice about saying it, it's hard to be upset. Still waiting on U. of Chicago, NYU, Columbia, and U. of Washington - letters go out mid- to late March (sooooooo nervous).

You'll do fine if you're just calm, and can find the building. I had trouble with both of those things though.

Thanks for the encouragement. I'm trying hard to be calm. I actually think I'm doing a pretty good job of it so far.

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you about those other schools. I'm positive having presented at a conference will help you out.
post #12 of 27
Looking forward to hearing how you did!
post #13 of 27
Kath!, my best wishes for you Chick! Gooooooooddd Luck!!!!! ((((((Sending Good Vibes))))))))
Go Girl Go! you can do it! keep us updated!
post #14 of 27
You'll do great, Katherine!
post #15 of 27
You're gonna do awesome, let me know how it turns out because I've been cnsidering going the master's route for a while..
post #16 of 27
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Well I just got back from taking the test and I want to say thank you guys SOOOOO much for all of your positive wishes!! I really appreciate it!

The first section I did on the test was the Analytical section, so I had to write two essays. It wasn't bad at all, but then again writing is my strong point. But, the master's program I really want to get into and most other master's programs in my field don't care what you get on this section anyway, so it doesn't really even matter. Regardless, I tried my best on it.

Then was Quantitative, the part I was dreading!! Brendan has tutored me so much and been SO helpful that I know if it wasn't for him I would have just outright bombed this section. His patience with me AMAZED me! But anyway, I started doing this section and I felt that it was pretty tough. I actually RAN OUT OF TIME on this section!! I had about 3 more problems to go and the time ran out. So I of course panicked a bit about that.

Next was the verbal. I didn't think I did as well as I had in some of the practice tests I had taken because there were more words I wasn't sure of. But I felt ok about that section anyway.

Then came the section they use for research. Luckily they actually told me which section it was, unlike in the horror stories I've heard where they just give you an extra section without telling you which one was for research purposes and not counted toward your final score. I ended up getting an extra Analytical section, but had a coughing fit shortly after I had started it and had to just exit the section so I didn't continue to disturb people with my nonstop coughing.

So finally after all of that I got my score. I couldn't believe it but I did better on the quantitative than I ever had on the practice tests and a little lower, but close to the same as I had been getting on verbal! The score I got exceeds the requirement for my grad program, so I'm VERY happy!!! I literally covered my mouth in shock when I saw the quantitative score! I'm so relieved and thank you guys SO MUCH again for all of your support!!!!

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!! What a HUGE stress reliever it is to have that over!!!!!!!!
post #17 of 27
Way to go! You must be glad it's over AND about the outcome!
post #18 of 27
Here is sending you good wishes for the test results. Congratulations on making in through the test I still remember the relief after I finished the CPA exam so I can relate to that.

Tricia
post #19 of 27
Congratulations! I know you're relieved it's over.
post #20 of 27
Oh that is so good to hear. Congrats!
post #21 of 27
Congrats chica You (and Brendan for being such a good bf!) deserve a night out to celebrate the genius that is Katherine!!!
post #22 of 27
yay!!!!! congratulations!!!
post #23 of 27
Great news and well done! Let us know which grad school you are going to when it all becomes settled.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by ugaimes
Congrats chica You (and Brendan for being such a good bf!) deserve a night out to celebrate the genius that is Katherine!!!
hahahaha! I totally agree. Thanks Amy!

Jenny...I'll definitely let you guys know. I'm planning on going to a master's program for now and then heading to PhD from there. The school I'm at now has a really great program for Mental Health Counseling so I'm hoping to stay at UCF and then my IDEAL school for PhD(though I'm sure a lot of us know that when applying for PhD you just kinda go where you can get in) would be UF. So, hopefully I'll get into UCF again for now. I've got all the requirements and some extras so I'm keeping my fingers crossed. My app. will go out over summer so I'll be letting you guys know in about 6 months hehe.
post #25 of 27
Congratulations, Katherine!
post #26 of 27
Yaaay for you! I remember this well! It was a LONG time ago, though.
post #27 of 27
GRE, take ii was yesterday. The GRE says that I'm ten points smarter than I was last year, but that translates into 100 points smarter verbally, and 90 points less smart math....-ly.

620/630 verbal/math.

Hope it's good enough...
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