I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth.
What, you want more good news? Okay ... The earth is not flat. But how that qualifies as good news I do not know.
I meant to update this thing before now but I was tied up with more important matters. And perhaps the only person to whom this matters is my Mom. Sorry Mom. Got tied up.
And that's the end of the good news. Now for the less than good news.
My score on the July exam sucked only a little less badly than it sucked when I took the exam in February.
My writing scores still suck out loud. But, on the bright side, my raw MBE score went up to 135. That's 12 points higher than my Feb '08 MBE score.
But I have got to figure out why I get passing scores on most of my practice essays, then proceed to stink up the ones I write on the actual exam.
My raw written score was 550. That's a neat clean average of a very rotten 55 on the written portion of the exam.
I want to think that my poor performance on the exam is due to some sort of test anxiety issue, but I think the real reason is that I haven't practiced enough essays. Or, at least, I haven't practiced them in the right way. Or perhaps its a combination of both. But if it is some sort of test anxiety issue I'm pretty sure the solution is to practice more essays.
I've received some very valuable advice from my friends as well as from all of you out there in blogville. Please know that I very much appreciate the consideration and I will respond to each of you as soon as I am able to set aside this other matter. I will only reply when I have sufficient time to give everyone the consideration that you deserve, which should be some time this weekend.
My best to all,