Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Still scary after all these years

No, I *still* don't have my grade yet. I keep checking. Then I check again. Sigh.

Well, apart from reading the chapters in the neuroscience book that we didn't cover in the course, which is FUN! oh, yes! I mentioned that I'd signed up to take the GRE. This is a requirement for applying to grad school. Today was test day! OH, the fun.

I hadn't taken a standardized test in, oh, twenty-seven years or so, so I figured I'd just do this one cold, to see how it went, and then when it's actually close to when I'll be applying to grad school, take it for real and prepare and all that.

The computer version of the test scores it RIGHT THEN, right when you're all done (unlike some neuroscience final exams we could mention), so I already have my scores for the verbal part and the math part. The writing takes a couple of weeks, I guess. Anyhow, I did very well, to my amazement. It was pretty hard, and I began to despair on the math sections ("oh, god, no, not more proportions of different populations! argh!"), to the point where I was relieved when I just had verbal sections (so restful). I got: verbal 800; quantitative 710. Well. I guess I won't take it again, then.

Brief but fervent happy dance.

No, I didn't know what the scale was, either. It is (I checked when I got home) the same 200-800 scale we know and love from the SAT way back when we were folks who took SATs. So, go, me! Yay!


Hey, I went to knitting tonight! Apologies to Nicole and Rosanna for going a little too far into reminiscing about calculus class and logs and why IS it that the area under a hyperbola can be see, I'm still doing it. Good grief. I still need to work on that "appropriate conversation" thing. Thanks for bearing with me, you guys. I'm trying, I'm trying. Sigh.

Ruth and Rosanna - yup, amblyopia is related. What the neurons do is pretty interesting, and correction can be in a whole range of things depending on how far out of kilter things are, and age of child, and all sorts of stuff. So, no, the exercises were not a bad thing; there is a range for critical period; and the worst case scenario here is that depth perception is not so good. Mine isn't, actually - I didn't get glasses until I was 19, and never developed depth perception for distances greater than about three feet. Made the seventh grade science lab on the topic kind of interesting - my lab partner thought I was joking. I can sort of fuse the images for distance if I really concentrate, but it doesn't come naturally.

Mel - okay, olfactory coming. And I fully understand why.

Onward we go.


Blogger Mel said...

The last time I took the GRE was in '96. I came damned close to an 800 on the analytical section (They've changed the sections since), but I ran out of time on one question. Still, it was good enough to get me accepted into Harvard, where I did not attend for financial reasons.

2:02 AM  
Blogger Nicole said...

I felt like I was back in college! It's nice to have a cerebral conversation every once in a while - and you explain everything very well.

It's good to see you so enthusiastic about this subject matter that interests you :-)

11:28 AM  
Anonymous The tattoo queen said...

Go you!! That's so cool :)I should have gone to knitting last night, my showing was a total bust, but oh well, soon enough!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Mel said...

Turns out Norma is gonna be doing transcription (closed captioning like) for a neuroscience class this fall, so I've pointed her in your direction.

11:58 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

Yay you! I would be petrified of taking anything SAT-like these days. (CABLE is to LACE as TANGLE is to...) I dearly wish I'd been at knitting last night -- I was busy shipping Miss B off to Ohio, aka Camp Auntie.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous Rosanna said...

Lack of depth perception... yeah... need I explain why I was always bad at volleyball? Big whizzing white circle... how quickly can I calculate its speed and original location... oh, just duck!


Feel free to geek out anytime. =)

3:57 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

You are such a brainiac. and I mean that in a very, very good way.

You're going to tell us what grade you get when it arrives, right?

7:08 AM  

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