Okay, it was actually me who has been missing in action. You might remember my last post, where I mentioned I was taking a break to concentrate on studying for the GRE test. Since this was my second time taking it, I wanted to be certain I improved my score.
If you don’t know:
“The Graduate Record Examination is a standardized exam used to measure one’s aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, mathematics, and vocabulary. The GRE is commonly used by many graduate schools to determine an applicant’s eligibility for the program.” (Thanks, Investopedia.com.)
So, I did concentrate on studying and I did retake the test. My quantitive (math) score improved by five points and my qualitative (verbal) score improved by four points. Pretty good, not as great as I hoped but better is better.
Taking those tests are so annoying. Tons of time studying a plethora of material for only a limited amount of questions is awful. And there is so much pressure to do well that the stress makes it almost impossible. However, I do understand that schools are very selective and I actually appreciate that. If someone was so fabulous at those questions and they felt no pressure and went in there and aced it, they do deserve to attend a better school.
Of course, the hard part comes into play when you are dealing with subjective areas of study, like psychology, does high achievement in those specific verbal and math questions make a good psychologist? Aren’t there other pieces of the puzzle that may have more impact than an exceptionally high math aptitude or an above average vocabulary? As with most things in life, it is a very tricky question. There are many sides to the argument and I imagine that people will continue to discuss it.
In the meantime, I’ve followed the rules, scored within my bandwidth, and will attend the school that most suits my achievements. Do I think I could have done better? Of course, doesn’t everybody?
If you are planning to take the GRE, or any standardized test for that matter, here is my experiential advice…take as many timed practice exams as possible. Even if you have to take the same ones multiple times.
Be sure to adhere to the same time requirements you would on the test. Try to have the same environment as you would during the test. This is hard but get as close as you can.
I realized this a little too late. I wish I had another two to three weeks to take more practice tests, but alas, it was not to be. Oh, the drama.
This fall I will apply to graduate schools to continue my education in psychology. I’ve narrowed my selection down already but plan to do a bit more research and attend some open houses before actually applying to any schools. I’m still up in the air as to pursuing a master’s degree or a PhD. but I’m going to interview a few experts and finalize my decision in the coming weeks.
If you have any advice, I’d love to hear it.
Also, I am starting to blog more regularly. Exciting, right? Humor me, please!
Here’s what you can expect…
Aging Challenge – Everyone wants to feel younger, including you. In this series, we are going to look at different challenges you can try in order to feel younger, improve your health, and increase your longevity.
Be Inspired – In this series, you’ll meet older people who are doing and achieving amazing things. You will be inspired to live your life to the fullest.
Who Is – Who are these people? We’re going to answer that question for you. There are lots of aging organizations out there just waiting to help the aging community live longer and healthier lives. You’ll find out who these organizations are. Maybe they all won’t be relevant but I’ll bet some will be of great interest.
Aging in the News – There are things happening in the aging community that may be of benefit to you. News that you can use to improve areas of your life. With the Aging in the News posts, you can find those details easily.
Ted Talks – Who doesn’t love Ted Talks? People are amazing and Ted Talks allow them to share their ideas and knowledge. In the Ted Talks series, you’ll be inspired, awed, and amazed. The even better news is, the specific, relevant information is gleaned from these talks to make it easy to digest.
Aging Research – The amount of research that is being conducted all the time is unbelievable. Quite a bit of the research is related to aging. The Aging Research series will illuminate that research for you, making the hard scientific data easy to understand and relatable to your life.
That’s a lot to digest, I know. But no worries, just hang on and enjoy the ride. If you are not subscribed to the update list, do it now…it’s the link on the right, toward the top of the page!