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Does anyone else find it easier reading questions from OG... [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 08:08
...Than from a computer screen?

I don't know if it's just in my head, but it feels like it is much easier to read the questions and comprehend from the OG as opposed to on screen like the GMAT Prep software. Has anyone else seen this problem? I also find myself squinting a lot more when reading from on screen. Would love you guys' insight.
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Re: Does anyone else find it easier reading questions from OG... [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 08:36
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For many of us, reading a hard copy version is more comfortable than reading something on a computer screen for an extended period of time. Most of us are used to reading stuff or taking tests in print. In short, what you are experiencing is natural.

It is good, though, that you noticed this issue and made note of it. You have found a weakness and can now work on it to improve! For starters, definitely do all practice test session using a standard chair and table (beds, couches, and fluffy chairs should not be involved). Another method that might help is to prop the OG books upright in order to mimic the way the questions are presented on a computer screen. For me, another good adjustment method was practicing with Jeff Sackmann's math sets (PDF format) and GMATClub tests (online).

You want to be completely comfortable with taking the GMAT under actual test conditions, so do everything possible to adjust in order to make this distraction go away.

Hope this helps! :)
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Re: Does anyone else find it easier reading questions from OG... [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 16:46
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For many of us, reading a hard copy version is more comfortable than reading something on a computer screen for an extended period of time. Most of us are used to reading stuff or taking tests in print. In short, what you are experiencing is natural.

It is good, though, that you noticed this issue and made note of it. You have found a weakness and can now work on it to improve! For starters, definitely do all practice test session using a standard chair and table (beds, couches, and fluffy chairs should not be involved). Another method that might help is to prop the OG books upright in order to mimic the way the questions are presented on a computer screen. For me, another good adjustment method was practicing with Jeff Sackmann's math sets (PDF format) and GMATClub tests (online).

You want to be completely comfortable with taking the GMAT under actual test conditions, so do everything possible to adjust in order to make this distraction go away.

Hope this helps! :)



Thanks for your response. I think propping up the GMAT book is a really good idea. Would you recommend doing more problems on screen though or just stick to the OG?

Also a question about the the GMATClub tests, do you think they'll help someone improve in quant that's scoring in the 500s? My scores are in the low to mid 500s and I really want to improve my quant score.
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Re: Does anyone else find it easier reading questions from OG... [#permalink] New post 06 Mar 2013, 17:09
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Would you recommend doing more problems on screen though or just stick to the OG?

Finish the OG books, for sure. Extra "screen practice" is also recommended. There is a sufficient amount of questions available for that.


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Also a question about the the GMATClub tests, do you think they'll help someone improve in quant that's scoring in the 500s?

I would not recommend GMATClub tests for someone scoring in that range. Look into the GMATClub forums for questions at the 500-level for extra online practice as well as Jeff Sackmann's Fundamental sets.
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TIP: If you are reading OG or other GMAT book, dont read by keeping it horizontal. Keep the book vertical while reading or solving problems, as if you are reading from the computer screen.

Go to amazon.com or other sites and search for "Reading Book stand Document Holder". There are numerous out there with adjustable angle/height.
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