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any tips or tricks for time pressure in the verbal section?

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any tips or tricks for time pressure in the verbal section? [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 13:14
Hi,

while practicing, I realized that my prob is stress!
i get so stress during gmatpreps and try to rush and then i end up with a few min left at the end of the section....so i rushed for nothing!!

i can control that a little in the math section, however, my main problem is the verbal section. I already have difficult in english, so imagine if i also have a prob with stress = disaster

I'm ok with the first few questions, but then loose my concentration by question 10!!
cannot concentrate any more and start thinking about family, friends, other plans if i dont pass gmat!!

i try to focus, but when im faced with a difficult question, i give up quickly and dont even think about it!!

in the gmat prep, i scored 430 - Q:34/ V.16 :oops: :oops:
i need 550...so im not that far...if i can control my stress i can improve my Verbal score

not sure how to manage my time. I know that for each question, I need to give 1.8 min...so do I keep my eye of the time after finishing each question?? ill then waste a few sec after each questions calculating the time left!!

any ideas?
how to relax? how to keep self-confidence high during the exam? how to make sure that im ok with the time left? I always take the 10 min break, but not enough for me :(
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Re: any tips or tricks for time pressure in the verbal section? [#permalink] New post 20 Oct 2009, 15:37
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It might help to develop a systematic approach to verbal problems. I feel like anxiety will be less of an issue if you begin each problem with a focused plan on how to solve it.

Whenever you see a difficult problem, don't immediately freak out. Stick with your plan and analyze the problem. If it is a CR question, diagram the argument into its component parts. If it is RC, note down keywords and reference this while reading the questions. If you are having trouble with SC, make notecards for all of the grammatical rules you repeatedly get wrong and keep a log of the errors you're making.

anxiety is something everybody faces. you can work through this!
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Re: any tips or tricks for time pressure in the verbal section? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2009, 08:49
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It might help to develop a systematic approach to verbal problems. I feel like anxiety will be less of an issue if you begin each problem with a focused plan on how to solve it.

Whenever you see a difficult problem, don't immediately freak out. Stick with your plan and analyze the problem. If it is a CR question, diagram the argument into its component parts. If it is RC, note down keywords and reference this while reading the questions. If you are having trouble with SC, make notecards for all of the grammatical rules you repeatedly get wrong and keep a log of the errors you're making.

anxiety is something everybody faces. you can work through this!


thank you...I tried new strategies today in the practice exam and they worked

I got 520 :)
thanks for the reply
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Re: any tips or tricks for time pressure in the verbal section? [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2009, 09:20
Despite manhattan's suggestions I didn't write anything down for the verbal questions, just didn't help me (scored 46). Obviously it came easier for me naturally (unlike the quant) but I think the RC can be a big time suck if you don't approach it properly.

Carefully read the first paragraph, then just skim the rest for headline sentences and keywords. You'll have to return to the passage when you read the questions anyway so it doesn't make sense to waste a lot of time on the first read.
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