Aspiring for GRE and TOEFL? Part II (My Fallacies)
Well, here comes the part I must not be shy about boasting around! It is said that a person who has failed a greater number of times than he has succeeded knows more than the person who has been victorious at a greater rate than he has lost! Well, this quote is the only source which has kept my morale up till date! LOL... Anyways, lets start up with the defects that I intend to discuss:
1) Loss of self-confidence in the exam hall-
This is the gravest danger I face the least number of times. Though losing my confidence has been quite rare, but it has been the main factor responsible for over 70% of my failure. Now you can imagine how much importance the word 'self' holds in one's success rate! Yes! let me not forget to quote you the reason for this loss of self-confidence. The time I had scheduled my GRE exam date was the last month of the current GRE syllabus; from the next month the syllabus was about to change. So, the type of questions I had faced was like a blend of the previous syllabus and few really new types of questions which I could have never imagined! Math is usually very simple in GRE. But I had got questions which were unimaginable. If you note, the scores of all my friends who had given the exam in those last few months were very low than what they actually deserve! This is the challenge of GRE- you can never predict you success and their questions! They just trick their way out to lay traps for the examinees to fall into! That is the challenge they lay down! So look out and be extremely cautious at questions. Even losing attention towards 1 most minor thing would increase you chances of falling into their trap by over huge percentage.
2) More practice-
I had gone completely through Barrons, princeton review and about 2 GRE papers from the internet. At that time I had thought this practice was enough as said by my many tutors around claiming it as more than sufficient. They were not wrong in any sense because this practice would have led me to achieve a score of 1400 + really easily- provided that the pattern would have been similar to what had been followed in GRE through ages. But that wasn't the case. Thanks to the sudden eruption of new dangerous questions! This proves that no one can ever predict what is gonna be asked in official GRE exams. So friends, watch out for the new trick of ETS- GRE!!!
3) Agitated Mindedness-
Well this was the worst part I had face! It might take about an hour and half to travel from my home to the test centre. I was residing at Chembur (Mumbai) and the test centre was at Andheri (Mumbai). I had got up on the right bus but the bus was re-routed after I had got up onto the bus and I was totally unaware of that! Thanks to BEST bus service! That bus was re-routed to Mantralaya which falls exactly to the opposite route than where I intended to go! Thanks to the girl sitting beside me who had helped me by saying me the truth. But I was late by about more than an hour! Then I had to catch the local from Bandra to Andheri which again took me more than an hour instead of mere 15 minutes (usual time) because again the huge line at the ticket counter I was standing by was closed the moment I had reached near the ticket window. I had to stand in the adjacent ticket counter which had nearly double the line than the previous one had! I reached at andheri. Again the unusually heavy traffic (because of some contruction that was going on) halped me in taking 50 minutes (instead of 20 minutes) to reach the test centre. And guess what I had totally dropped the idea that I would be able to attend the exam (because I had reached exactly 1 minute just before the commencement of the exam). However, the lastly my luck was pretty beautiful since the exam's system of commencement was totally different than what the conventional exams have. Since, it was an internet based exam, the students were called one by one according to the sequence they report in the exam hall (but the exam time alotted to the individual exams is conserved and you could find different students finishing up with their exam at different time) and I was ABLE TO GIVE THE EXAM! Well, this was the only favourable part that composed me a little, though I was smitten by the overall anxiety and depressed mood throughout the exam and this had actually lowered by concentration level right from the start. So friends, depart from your home about 5 times earlier than it would take you to reach the exam hall! LOL
Though you exam preparation does serve you well, but always remember one thing very petty minor things have a cumulative effect and sometimes they become so huge collectively that they actually determine your success rate equivalent to the amount of preparation you hold for the exam. So, NEVER NEGLECT EVEN THE MOST MINOR PART OF YOUR PREPARATION. This is my sincerest advice to all the future GRE aspirants.
Comments and criticism are heartly welcome!