Friday, September 14, 2007

TGIF

OK, yes, it's been a rough week, well rough beginning to one. I know, I know, I owe an race report and updates but I haven't much felt like it because there just hasn't been good stuff to report. I will attempt a race report at some point though, just to report why it wasn't a great race...but the GMAT threw me for a loop. After finally getting some respectable scores, scores that would've been fine to apply to places, on a few practice tests I took, I went in for the real thing on Monday and bombed. And no, that isn't an exaggeration. I don't know how I did on the essay part yet, that has to be graded separately, but the multiple choice, verbal and math I got the score instantly (after having an option of not reporting the score which I should've done) and it was not good. Let's just say I will not get into Carlson on that score and that is really the only MBA program around me that I want to apply for. IF my work experience was fantastic, and I could write some stellar essays I might have a chance, but with the score and some lackluster other areas, I just don't know. My boss thinks I should still apply (and then if I don't get in, retake the test and reapply), L thinks I should plan to retake the test and get a tutor etc to help me and then apply...thing that sucks is that I really, really wanted to start in the spring. I was looking forward to starting classes again. I like school. I've always done well in it, when I try and want to do well, and it's been long enough that I'm so ready...heck, I was even looking at what classes I was going to take and what days (schedule is tenatively up), just was debating how many I was going to take...sigh...my plans and career goals are now all messed up. I never expected this. I'm good at tests, particuarly standardized ones. Without much studying I did quite well on the ACT, I always scored in top percentiles on Iowa Basics tests...I don't know what happened. I never have test anxiety. I was calm and relaxed and honestly, based on the difficulty of the questions (at least my perception of the difficulty) I really thought I was doing well...

7 comments:

Krista said...

Ugh - sorry to hear about your test. There's just nothing more frustrating than working your butt off for an unintended result.

I say still try. I have some friends who go to the Carlson and from what I have heard, they enjoy having students from good, local companies. So if you have that work experience going for you, it might be enough to make up for the test. (humble advice from someone who knows jack about business and couldn't pass a business-related test if I studied for 10 years!)

Annette said...

So sorry about the test. How frustrating! :( As a fellow good-test-taker, I have realized that the fact that testing came easily to me also meant that I never had to really study. I mean REALLY study! The tutor might not be a bad idea. Or, just hunker down and try again. I bet you'll do better now that you know what to expect. Adjust the goal time-line a little and you'll be on track again in no time.

teacherwoman said...

Sorry about the test. I get test anxiety so I couldn't have imagined taking that test.

Nicole said...

Maybe you should try to retake and then apply for the spring still. Do you still have no time.

Don't get to down on yourself - things always have a way of working out. Trust me I'm in a place where I never expected and its not good but I have faith it will all turn around. Just stick with it.

Firefly's Running said...

I am SO sorry, girl! I hate tests and know how you feel. Wait and see how you did on the essay portion before you do ANYTHING. If did well, no worries!

Full Metal Lunchbox said...

Hang in there, Danielle.  I know you'll pull this off somehow.

Good luck!

JustRun said...

So sorry to read this news, I know you've been getting excited about school. You just never know, though. Things have a strange way of working for the best. Hang in, you'll get there.