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Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 11:24
I have been consistently finishing Quant section 10-30mins before the end of the section. I believe it will only get better from here as I am realizing more and more shortcuts in Quant as I practice during these mock tests.

If I finish the Quant section before time on the GMAT day, does that mean I will have 10+ mins break before the Verbal section starts? Or is it constant time 10 mins regardless of when I finish my Quant?

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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 11:31
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I have been consistently finishing Quant section 10-30mins before the end of the section. I believe it will only get better from here as I am realizing more and more shortcuts in Quant as I practice during these mock tests.

If I finish the Quant section before time on the GMAT day, does that mean I will have 10+ mins break before the Verbal section starts? Or is it constant time 10 mins regardless of when I finish my Quant?

Thanks.


I think breaks now are 8 mints and not 10 mints.

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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 11:37
I guess as long as you do not submit the last quant Q you should get whole break (it' just 8 mins not 10 mins) plus the time you saved on the test ... not sure though :|
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 12:51
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I guess as long as you do not submit the last quant Q you should get whole break (it' just 8 mins not 10 mins) plus the time you saved on the test ... not sure though :|


This is correct. Once you press submit/next on the final question your break will start. It doesn't matter if you had 1 second left or 10 minutes left in the section-- you'll have exactly 8 minutes from the time you press submit to take your break and return to the computer.

I was so antsy when taking the test that I would have gone right to the break even if I finished the quant section 20 minutes early. I just don't see the point in delaying the inevitability of the next section.

But if you do have some crazy amount of time left (maybe 10-30 minutes) you could flag down the proctor and leave your seat to take a restroom break for a while. Then just go back to your computer, press submit on the last question, and take your actual 8 minute break. But be careful managing your time because you have to check in each time you enter and leave the testing room. This can potentially take some time, especially if there are people ahead of you, because they have to scan everyone's ID and palm and escort each person individually to and from his or her chair.
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 13:01
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yogesh1984 wrote:
I guess as long as you do not submit the last quant Q you should get whole break (it' just 8 mins not 10 mins) plus the time you saved on the test ... not sure though :|


This is correct. Once you press submit/next on the final question your break will start. It doesn't matter if you had 1 second left or 10 minutes left in the section-- you'll have exactly 8 minutes from the time you press submit to take your break and return to the computer.

To take advantage of this 'extra time' from finishing the section early, you'd need to hold off on pressing submit on the last question until you're nearly out of time. But that said, if you do this, you're going to be stuck in your seat until you finish the section and there's very little you can do at your desk except maybe close your eyes and relax a few minutes. I was so antsy when taking the test that I would have gone right to the break even if I finished a section 20 minutes early. I just don't see the point in sitting there, doing nothing, and delaying the inevitability of the next section. But that's just my opinion.


Thanks guys for chiming in. I guess I will just sit there for 2-4 mins (sitting there for 15+ mins will make me antsy), take a breather and then submit my last question. From now on, I will try this in my rest of the mock tests! Hope this helps get calmer and more relaxed for Verbal.
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 13:03
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Thanks guys for chiming in. I guess I will just sit there for 2-4 mins (sitting there for 15+ mins will make me antsy), take a breather and then submit my last question. From now on, I will try this in my rest of the mock tests! Hope this helps get calmer and more relaxed for Verbal.


Hey, I just thought about it some more and edited my last post--see above. If you have 15+ minutes you could safely leave and come back if you wanted to.
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 13:08
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abhicoolmax wrote:
Thanks guys for chiming in. I guess I will just sit there for 2-4 mins (sitting there for 15+ mins will make me antsy), take a breather and then submit my last question. From now on, I will try this in my rest of the mock tests! Hope this helps get calmer and more relaxed for Verbal.


Hey, I just thought about it some more and edited my last post--see above. If you have 15+ minutes you could safely leave and come back if you wanted to.


Ahh, thanks! This will be so weird though :p. Only if I have 20+ mins left I will try that. 15 mins will be touch and go if I could not get back :p. And I don't want to experiment with my break time on the test day. I guess I am better of practicing 2-4 mins relaxing at my seat, as I am sure I will have minimum 5 mins.
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 19:38
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abhicoolmax wrote:
Thanks guys for chiming in. I guess I will just sit there for 2-4 mins (sitting there for 15+ mins will make me antsy), take a breather and then submit my last question. From now on, I will try this in my rest of the mock tests! Hope this helps get calmer and more relaxed for Verbal.


Hey, I just thought about it some more and edited my last post--see above. If you have 15+ minutes you could safely leave and come back if you wanted to.


Ahh, thanks! This will be so weird though :p. Only if I have 20+ mins left I will try that. 15 mins will be touch and go if I could not get back :p. And I don't want to experiment with my break time on the test day. I guess I am better of practicing 2-4 mins relaxing at my seat, as I am sure I will have minimum 5 mins.


Just to add here- in case you decide to leave before your scheduled time, try to solve the last question even so that when you are back from the break you need to just click submit and bingo! move to next scheduled break of 8 mins :)
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 19:44
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I am not 100% sure but I think the proctor will end the section for you and force it into the break mode... that's only a guess, if anyone knows for sure, please share.
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 19:56
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I am not 100% sure but I think the proctor will end the section for you and force it into the break mode... that's only a guess, if anyone knows for sure, please share.


From my experience once you are done with the section and you acknowledge you have completed AWA or Quant the internal timer kicks in. So, you have to raise your hand and force your breaks. Alternatively, you can take your sweet time sitting in front of the screen if you have tons of time for the last question. This way you can get some additional rest in front of the system.
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Re: Break between Quant and Verbal - 10+ mins? [#permalink] New post 16 Jul 2011, 20:17
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I am not 100% sure but I think the proctor will end the section for you and force it into the break mode... that's only a guess, if anyone knows for sure, please share.


From my experience once you are done with the section and you acknowledge you have completed AWA or Quant the internal timer kicks in. So, you have to raise your hand and force your breaks. Alternatively, you can take your sweet time sitting in front of the screen if you have tons of time for the last question. This way you can get some additional rest in front of the system.


For me proctor hardly bothered whether I have completed the test or not.I mean he/she did not ask me whether you have completed a section to go on break. so I guess one may not has to divulge whether one's AWA/Quant is over to go for a break (at least that was the case with me!).
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