Day 8: Fun with PowerPrep CAT 1 Analysis
This evening I spent 3 hours meticulously going through each problem on yesterday's CAT exam and recording data onto this spreadsheet. For each question, I recorded: (1) the correct answer choice; (2) my pace on the question; (3) the result--correct or incorrect; (4) if I had an error/whether it was careless; and (5) the type of question (data sufficiency, critical reading, etc.). It was a tedious job, but I learned a lot from the results.
With regard to math, I was happy to find that nearly all the problems I got wrong were careless errors. Going through the test again today, I was able to solve virtually all of these questions through more careful reading. The few problems I couldn't solve because of lack of conceptual understanding have been identified through the use of this spreadsheet.
In my verbal section analysis, I found that I did very well in reading comprehension, only getting one of these questions wrong on the test. I also got several sentence correction questions wrong--mostly idioms. As for critical reading, most of my errors were careless; upon second glance it seems that I read through these passages too quickly.
I wish I could take credit for inventing this spreadsheet, but I have to give mega props to Ursula, a forum contributor who scored a 760 with the aid of this grid. For all the people practicing the GMAT out there, I recommend using this spreadsheet after completing any set of practice problems or practice tests. I'm certainly going to do so for now on.
SUMMARY OF DAY 8 WORK:
1. Recorded errors from previous day's CAT onto this spreadsheet.
RECAP OF DAY 8 INSIGHTS:
1. Make sure you do an analysis of your errors. It is tedious but very revealing.
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