Upon arriving at my home in the bay area, I found the envelope that contained my real GMAT results. No change. I did find out that my AWA score was a 5.0. I'm pretty happy about this. Apparently, a 5.0 is a 78%.
I wrote about 10 essays to prepare for it and read Princeton's guide on the essay. I tried to memorize a template like they recommend, but I couldn't remember it, so I winged it. The best advice for the essay was actually the Arco book for me. The one piece of advice that helped me a lot was not to use personal analogy as the context of the argument essay. 1 quick personal example was fine, but the text of ones argument should be the biggest factor. In my practice tests, I was using personal or familiar business concept analogies to frame my arguments.
Anyway, I'm trying to study for the GMAT and I have to admit that studying for the GMAT again is a thought that sits with me ok, but gearing up for it again is an entirely different thing. I'm thinking that the best thing for me to do would be sign up for the GMAT again and set a hard date as opposed to just studying again. So, now I've got to set a date. Argh! What date? What date? Right now, I'm thinking lat Oct or early Nov. This would give me time to finish the class by Sept 14. and then start on my essays while I'm studying to limit the number of things I'm focusing on at once.