Practise "letting go" of a problem you cant solve in under 4 minutes.
One thing we have to always understand that we cannot get all the problems right all the time. Sure, the first few questions are important, but so is the rest of the test.
The absolute best way to deal with it is to practise letting go of a wierd problem. Read , Re read and try to get as much info from the problem as possible. once you reach the 3 minute mark on a problem, you have a split second decision to take: 1. take a minute more if you think you are very close OR 2. eliminate as many choices, make a good guess and move on.
It wont come easily. thats exactly why i want you to try this out in your practise tests. Try it several times and see how you do.
Let me tell you , most of us prepare very hard for the GMAT. Most of the times , guys dont do well because
1. they panic because they dont THINK they are doing well
2. they get easy problems wrong and this ensures that guys dont ever see the hard problems, which in turn means there are fewer opportunities to score high
For the first one , i say, never ever ever try to judge your performance. Your only point of interest is the text on the screen. nothing more, nothing less. again, this can only come by practise tests.
For the second one, study your errors over and over again. your objective should be not to make the same mistake twice.
Concentration is linked to your preparation, which is linked to how well you know the concepts and how well you can apply those few concepts to an unlimited number of problems.
If after taking a few practise tests, you find yourself "letting go" of far too many problems, you need to work harder on those concepts.
Read this before and after every test
1. Read the problem very carefully. Concentrate harder
on the easy problems.
2. Dont make the mistake of spending TOO MUCH time
on the first 15. Dont panic even if you see the most wierdest
problem ever. if you cant solve a problem, get as close
as possible to the answer and pick the best answer choice.
3. Do not judge your performance. Stay neutral as much
as possible. One question at a time.
After the test , read the above again. See if you followed this. Keep doing over and over again. Once you get comfortable with this, it will become a habit. Of course, make sure you implement these things on test day.
Hope this helps