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Why I hate numbers

Did the GRE, and of course the computerized version gives you your verbal and quantitative scores at the end. So I'm looking at them thinking, okay, this is out of 800, right? Damn, I don't think I actually did that well. I'm pretty sure I did better on the practice test. And how could I have gotten a higher score in math than words? Blah!

Then I get home and look up the scores in the percentile chart, and I realize I actually did better, in both, than I did on the practice test--and better in verbal than quantitative, actually, despite the scores.


Not that I'm complaining, but if it made more sense then I wouldn't have been stressing on the way home.

But anyway, yay! ;)

No idea how the essays went, but I felt like I was writing the most inane stuff in the history of the universe. Am brain-dead now. Will nap, then write.

Oh, and the email account's not working right now, not sure when it'll be back up, so I may be delayed in getting back to people.



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Oct. 14th, 2003 09:14 pm (UTC)
Almost everybody does better on the math than the language. I meant to tell you about that before you took it. People totally stress over the math, but usually the scores are much higher than you'd expect.

Congrats on getting it over with and doing well!
Oct. 15th, 2003 02:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :)

The stupid thing is, the scores are higher on math, but that doesn't mean you've done better on it. The schools look at percentile rather than the raw score. I got 30 points more on quantitative, but 8% higher on verbal. Which says to me that they're making the verbal too damn hard for most people.
Oct. 15th, 2003 08:27 pm (UTC)
I don't understand why the verbal is so hard compared to the math. I don't know if it has changed since I took it (four years ago), but the math was basic, basic algebra with a little elementary geometry tossed in. I remember being relieved when it was time to do a math section, which is just an abnormal reaction for me.

And yeah, when I got home from the GRE, I looked up my percentage, and I was in shock at how high I was in the verbal ranking compared to the math, even though I did very well in the math. It was good to find out, though, because I had cried the whole way home from the test!
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