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Can we hide the timer in GMAT? [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 05:46
can we hide the timer during the exam? and un-hide it anytime we want? couldnt get an answer to this even after browsing the official website. its important to have this information and from a reliable source, as the timer becomes a major distraction especially in verbal, to most of us.
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Re: Can we hide the timer in GMAT? [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 06:02
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can we hide the timer during the exam? and un-hide it anytime we want? couldnt get an answer to this even after browsing the official website. its important to have this information and from a reliable source, as the timer becomes a major distraction especially in verbal, to most of us.

Hi rajvedi,

Yes you can, once you start the test, an onscreen clock display will count down the remaining time. You can hide this display, but it is a good idea to check the clock periodically to monitor your progress. The clock will automatically alert you by turning yellow and, if hidden, reappearing when five minutes remain for the section you are working on.

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Re: Can we hide the timer in GMAT? [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 08:13
thanks so much Vercules, that was helpful. I think I am going to hide the clock in verbal for sometime, as its a big distraction at times..and then may be keep checking it after 7-8 questions.
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Re: Can we hide the timer in GMAT? [#permalink] New post 20 Feb 2013, 08:18
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can we hide the timer during the exam? and un-hide it anytime we want? couldnt get an answer to this even after browsing the official website. its important to have this information and from a reliable source, as the timer becomes a major distraction especially in verbal, to most of us.


Some test takers hate the timer, others need to know how long is left and how their pacing is going. You can certainly hide the timer, but the best approach I've found is to check back every 5 questions to make sure your pacing isn't way off. Most often, for the quant you need to plan ~10 minutes for every 5 questions, give or take 20% either way. If you've done 10 questions in 30 minutes, you'll likely run out of time and feel crunched at the end.

A lot of people dislike that little ticking box, but it's important to be aware of it. As Vercules indicated, the timer will reappear with 5 minutes remaining, but keep an eye on it before that threshold as well to avoid any panicky surprises.

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