It was a cool rainy day, with more to accomplish less to relinquish.
Yesterday I focused on Number theory and some info on resume. Find it here. Moving forward, today I focused on some basics of Quant and Verbal.
I did some basics review of Factorials, Absolute Values and Algebra Equations. The formula of the day was to get the number of trailing 0’s in a product or in a factorial. It was nice to learn that new formula. You can get it here.
I solved some Reading Comprehension problems also. Learned how to identify the wrong answers. It is a good technique. The most useful is to make your skeleton of RC of argument and then identify the question type. That will save much of your time.
I also checked my CR strategy giving a quick look at the Manhattan CR Guide.
It was a bad day again, or I would say a good day with some bad time.
I took my MGMAT #3 today and ended up with a hurtful Score. It was just.. just.. 550 (Q40, V27). – 20 from the previous result.
A +2 for Quant but a -3 for Verbal. I am completely out of clue about the results. Initially I thought there is some problem with the software, but no. How could that happen!!
It was a disappointing score with a decrease in performance. May be I need some rest from continuous studies.
After review of few problems. I realised few mistakes in my strategy. I definitely need to clear those mistakes.
It was not a holiday for me and I had a scheduled Manhattan GMAT 2nd CAT exam.
I had taken my previous exam without AWA & IR, so I thought of taking it with AWA & IR this time. I wanted to know the exam environment and my stress level during these exams.
I did my last exam review and was confident that I wont be making those mistake this time.
So it was 9:30 AM in the morning when I started my exam. First an essay. It was awa about art and music therapy against expensive drug treatments. I took a paper and wrote the main points that I wanted to include in the passage. I wrote 4 paragraphs about the argument and explained the prompt and situation. It took me 25 minutes to write the complete awa. (My typing speed is fast as I am a software engineer) *do practice on keyboard to increase typing speed. It takes a lot of time to think and then to type.
As soon as I hit confirm… Ooooooooo……What the…… Connection lost ….. and No Connection error. And when I refreshed the page, everything vanished. And timer of 30 minutes started again.
It was my first Manhattan GMAT exam. I went through all the instructions carefully. I was not aware that the section details comes within the timeframe of the exam. Ok. New Experience!!
Selected 75 minutes for both Quantitative and Verbal as I do not want to take the exam lightly. I must practice the exam and complete it within the time frame similar to that of GMAT.
Gyan: The CAT exams must have the equal amount of time to that of GMAT for all the sections, this will help you to check your pace and the amount of stress you can handle.
I took this exam without AWA and IR. I started with good a pace but ended up wasting time in few of the questions. I Answered last 11 questions of quant in just 10 minutes and most of them were answered incorrectly.