i'm taking it in october. i'm trying to study as much as i can, but with a full time RA job and also waiting tables/bartending, it's such a challenge.
i'm an adult, been out in the work force for nearly 10 years, and it is so hard to reconcile the importance of this test with the meaninglessness, in practical terms, of so many of the questions. while i happen to have a great vocab, it is so discouraging to use it in good writing, since quality writing, and especially academic writing, should be accessable. much of our work is also on subjects who don't speak english as a first language, and that makes me sensitive to the plight of my non-english speaking colleagues, who may enjoy learning what pulchritude means over a glass of wine after work, but would not welcome coming across it in a paper or lecture.
my math background is weak, but it's not like my Prof. could do our stats by hand either. without spss most of my department, save the actual stats profs., would be up a river paddle free. and knowing the sa of a cube, well, it is helpful in figuring out how much paint to buy if you want to redo your room, but psych-wise...
thanks for letting me vent! my apps are going in the fall/winter for fall 2008, phd clinical, with a smattering of general/experimental MA's and psyd. nervous!