I am officially DONE with the GRE.
After 6 weeks of cramming obscure words in my head and trying to bend my mind around mathmatical equations, it's over. Preparation was a bit of a roller-coaster. I took at least 6 full-length practice exams (created by various companies) at home and my scores were all over the map. I honestly had no idea how I'd do on the real thing, but I felt like I had put all the study time I could afford into it.
The real thing felt just plain awful. The math was HARD and I didn't finish that section in time. (Argh!) The verbal section seemed way too easy (which can be a bad thing on the GRE ... it might mean that you've answered questions incorrectly so the computer has bumped you into a lower bracket). I was so spent by the end. I had this awful feeling that it had been a disaster. But when the scores came up on the screen I just sat there stunned ... and the tears started flowing. Happy tears!
We are just delighted with how well it went. God's tender mercies were so evident this week. I had such peace about taking the test (in spite of a number of low-scoring practice runs), and I felt so surrounded by love and prayers. I'm afraid when the testing company finds out how many friends were praying for me they will revoke my scores and say there was supernatural interference. :) They have no idea what a lifeline I had!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.