Leer las experiencias de otros usuarios ayuda mucho durante la preparación del examen. Podemos ir incluyendo en este hilo nuestras experiencias y las vamos añadiendo a la siguiente tabla.
¡Enhorabuena! Your blog helped me sooo much the day before the test, it helped me to stay calmed down and reassure me. I was so nervous because I only had one week to prepare it properly. Also, coming from a Spanish like me it was like sharing many feelings
I think my English is quite good, I've been living in England with British people and my only problem was staying with enough concentration and the timing of the test.
I took the exam on the 28th and your scoring/rubric tables and your templates also provided me with very valuable information.
The day of the test I was very nervous (como un flan) but also confident. The test is the last condition I have to meet to join a masters in London and another issue with the iBT (apart from the noise and distractions in the room) is that it's always linked with something very important in our careers (the MSc in my case, and the MBA in yours). I just said to myself "stay focused and do your best).
I need 90, with 24 in writing and 20 in speaking. It's much less than your MBA requirements, but as they ask ask me some specific requirements for the essays and the speaking I was quite scared.
Once I was there I started very slowly, with many distractions and also still rather scared. I think I found the reading test a bit tougher than the Kaplan tests which I used to practice. I had a bit of trouble with the last question because the reading part terminated with a minute yet to go :s I reported this problem but continuing with the listening. This part was the most difficult for me. It was a longer one, 5 lectures, and in the end it was so difficult to stay focused... the notes I took weren't very good and I think I messed up with one of the lectures. I don't know if they take into account all of them but still, overall I did a good job considering how long this part was.
The speaking and writing were as usual. In the first one I was fluent but with some interruptions (uhm... ehm...) due to the lack of time. In the writing, I couldn't read over the essays properly and don't know if they don't like longer essays (the first was 250 words when they ask for 175-225 and the second was 320 when they ask for 300).
Anyway as you did, I'll be brave and predict my results, as follows (also with a +/-5 points error):
- Reading: 24
- Listening: 23
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 25
This is being pesimistic, counting my doubts during the test as wrong answers. On the other hand, I'm being optimistic because with this breakdown I would be able to join the masters. It's also my last shot because the masters starts in October and I won't have time to resit the test. I hope everything works fine but for now I'm a bit paranoid and check the ETS website every now and then (apparently the results will come out on the 10th September but I'm not sure if they can come out earlier or later).