So I know at the top of this blog I had given you guys the master plan for after graduation. Well after a whirlwind semester I did a little editing to it.
As I stand today, I believe I will eventually end up at the University of Illinois Springfield, but not right away. Due to the nature of the program, I would have to wait until August 2014 if I don’t go this fall.
So this means a full year off school before starting graduate school, not a semester. Also, the program will be done in a year, so I won’t have to worry about too much debt.
But that’s how it stands for now, who knows, it may change this time next year.
So I finally took it. I went to the Sylvan Learning Center on University yesterday morning and spend half the day in front of a computer taking what will probably the hardest test of my life.
Taking the practice test and going through the actual test are apples and oranges. It’s so much different than taking the ACT back in high school.
First, you have to lock up everything you brought, including the items they tell you to bring in the testing email: snacks, calculator, pens and pencils. Next, they wave a metal detector over you like you’re going through customs at the airport.
When you finally get in there, you sign in and sign out like a computer in a library, and they give you noise-canceling headphones. The entire test is taken at a computer, which becomes a huge strain on the eyes after hour three.
But I got through it. The test took a total of five hours and I sat in my car for another half hour to let my eyes rest before driving.
I did receive the scores back from the multiple choice sections of the test, a nice perk to taking an electronic test. I got a 143 on the math section and a 153 for the English. Before the writing test and the rest of the tangible scoring is added, it puts me at a 148. I was shooting for a 150-155 so I think I came close enough to be satisfied with the result.
But moving forward I will start filling out my apps and sending transcripts to the schools I hope to one day attend.
After finishing a practice test and over a thousand practice questions out of my GRE study book, I think I can say I’m ready.
A week from today I will take part in the academic marathon of the GRE and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
But just to prepare, I’m planning on taking one more practice test but I think when I walk into the test center next Monday I will be fully prepared to take the test head-on.
I’ll let you know how it goes next week!
I took my first practice test out of my Kaplan GRE book over spring break. But I skipped the writing portion, because I wouldn’t know how to grade it.
But as for the portion I did take, I scored a 158 out of 170, which the book tells me is in the 80th percentile.
This may have been more of a fall back than a blessing though. Now that I know I can get that score, I’m afraid I will stop studying as hard for the test in a few weeks.
The test is only 19 days away and I can feel myself getting burnt out on the assignments in the practice book.
Hopefully a rejuvenating break at home for Easter will get my batteries charged, because spring break sure didn’t.
It’s finally official. I set a date for my GRE Exam. On April 15 I’ll be taking the test I need to move onto the next level.
It’s weird, but it definitely doesn’t feel like the ACT. I feel like I’m almost ready ot take it, just a few more study sessions and I will want to take a few practice tests before I take it for real.
I never realized how expensive these tests are. I won’t say how much, but I could buy a Kindle Fire with the money I dropped on this test. But I look at it as an investment in my future.
I’m excited but for now I have to get back to studying for the test.
So for almost a year now professors, colleagues and students have been recommending the U of I Springfield Political Action Reporting program to me, where I study the profession for a semester and then work in Springfield as a state government reporter.
It’s a good program and everything, but I always seem to set it aside and not think about it so much. But I have sent in a request for more information and an application. I am seeing the signs now that maybe I should at least consider it.
I’ll let you know how it goes when I get the paper work in.
I’ve started studying for the GRE now, and am hoping to have the test completed by the end of March. I didn’t go to crazy with buying study books. I just got the purple Kaplan book, similar to the standard ACT or SAT book.
At first I was worried I would have a hard time dealing with the math section of the test, but as it turns out it is all concepts and methods, not actual problem solving. Which is nice because I can screw up even basic addition and subtraction, let alone matrix’s and limits.