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# Caffeine on G-Day: Yay or Nay?

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23 Sep 2006, 19:47
Hi All-

What do people think about caffeine as an alertness aid on G-day? I can see how it might increase anxiety, but can also see how it might help you to focus...thoughts?

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24 Sep 2006, 03:39
I have the perfect answer for this one. Do what you normally do. It sounds simple but keeping things normal will keep you calm and allow you to perform at your top level. If you normally drink 15 cups of coffee a day (I have friends in this boat), drink 15 cups. If you rarely have caffeine, don't have any caffeine. Caffeine can have many different effects and one of them is anxiety. So don't have more than you normally do.

The one caveat to the "do things as you normally do" technique is meal intake. I would highly recommend not having a huge lunch or breakfast. If you eat a 1 pound burrito, with chips and spicy salsa, and a large coke 30 minutes before the GMAT you are not going to score as well as you could have.

Although having a celebratory burrito is highly recommended!!!
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25 Sep 2006, 05:43
nothanks is totally right on. Don't make any major changes on GMAT day. Eat a good breakfast high enough in protein with enough carbs to provide sustained energy, but don't eat or drink anything you wouldn't normally.

On my first GMAT attempt, I was sick, so I ate a protein-laden breakfast, more than I normally would, and because my body was already so out of whack, it made my stomach really upset, which then wiped me out even more. I bombed bigtime. Might have anyway (double ear infection makes it hard to even remember how to spell your name), but eating a different breakfast most definitely did not help things!!
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25 Sep 2006, 09:21
I agree. On my first try, I drank more coke than normal, and I also at a candy bar during a break. By the end of the test, I was starting to feel pretty tired. The stress of the exam, combined with coming off the sugar high made me fade toward the end. The second time around, I didn't overdo it on the caffeine and I had rice crackers instead of a candy bar and things worked out better.

Try to do what you normally do on test day.
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25 Sep 2006, 09:43
Very helpful all...the key seems to be do what you normally do, and DONT PSYCHE YOURSELF OUT...
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25 Sep 2006, 12:48
Exactly!
25 Sep 2006, 12:48
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