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GRE Panic

I don’t usually post about personal stuff but I just took the GRE today and wanted to share.  As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been out of work for 6 weeks — just prior to getting let go I signed up for the test.  I had thought I’d get ample time to study but I really wasn’t able to motivate myself for whatever reason.  Today was test day and I certainly wasn’t expecting much.

Without disclosing too much, I went through the ETS Prometrics security screening process and couldn’t help but feel as though I was taking the test in that area just beyond the airport security line where you fumble around with all your stuff and slip your shoes back on just before you head to the terminal.  I spent four or so hours on the test until, finally — just before I fell asleep at my computer workstation, I had completed all six sections.

As I clicked through the completion menu on the computer screen I ultimately reached the the SCORES page.  Here was the moment I had been waiting for and, if I was really lucky, I wouldn’t have to retake.

My heart sank to my feet as, exhausted, I watched the page finally load and my scores came in to view.  Why the F@#% was the first number for both portions of the test — quantitative and qualitative — a 1   ?!?!?!?!?!?!  GRE scores range from 200 – 800 — it should have been IMPOSSIBLE TO SCORE IN THE 100S.  OMG AKA WTF!

I had rid myself of my iPhone a few weeks ago so there was no way to see what the hell had gone wrong and I was taking public transit home from downtown so I had a 40 minute commute to boil over.  Panic attacks, identity crises, legitimate fears for my health and mental wellbeing … and then I got home and found out ETS had completely revamped the scoring system as of August of 2011.

What a moron.  I surely deserve to go to grad school, no?

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