Got home, grabbed dinner, bought a couple of CDs, and now I’m back home.

Reflections: It was rather calming, and kind of fitting, that I drove to Georgetown in the face of a gorgeous sunrise. I was the first one there; as a matter of fact, I beat the guy who was putting up the room assignments by ten minutes. We were checked in just before 8:00, and the first section started at 8:35. Lunch ended at 12:50, and we were done by 4:00. Towards the end, all of us were getting tired get more. I saw a lot of red eyes and yawns as the bio section wore on. The poor guy sitting next to me couldn’t stop sniffling when his head was tilted forward, which was most of the time. It drove me nuts but I’m sure he had a rougher time than I did. The only hiccup was that our proctors forgot to collect our admissions tickets until some of us had already made it outside. I drove home in some of the best weather we’ve had all year, singing along to U2 at the top of my lungs and coming home somewhat hoarse. It’s probably a good thing that I was alone.

For those keeping track (or who perhaps took the test themselves), I took form EM and essay booklet 61. In practice tests, I found absolutely no correlation between my impressions of a test section and my actual scroe. I’ve had “easy” sections with low scores, and “hard” sections with high scores, so I really can’t predict how well I did today. In general, though, the test was roughly as hard as the practice tests. I guess I’ll found out how I did when everyone else does, which is in roughly 60 days. I can try to make some predictions, though.

I took eight practice tests between February and last Thursday. The moving average of my raw percentages rose from 83% to about 88%, with actual values between 82.2% and 88.8%. Scaled scores ranged from 31 to 38, with a moving average going from 32 to about 36. My weakest section in February was biology, by a large margin; since then, my bio scores have risen to roughly equal the other two. The last three tests went 38-36-36. In the last test, answering one more question correctly in each of the science sections would’ve bumped my score by two. What does this all mean? It’s all speculative, of course, but I would safely predict that I scored at least a 35 today. I think anything between 36-38 is reasonable, and that 39 or 40 are both very possible. Anything above that would require luck. I’ve told myself to avoid revisiting any of the topics or questions for the next week, and to concentrate instead of my orgo exam (Monday) and physics exam (Friday).

No matter how it turns out, it’s done. And I highly doubt I did so poorly that I’ll need to take it again. That, by itself, is a huge relief.

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