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FAQ questions [#permalink] New post 21 Dec 2002, 22:24
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I got the following questions submitted to FAQ:
[i felt more comfortable answering them here]

1) there is a comment somewhere on this website that states that the allowed 5min breaks can be taken up to 50min. However the test centers can dismiss you if you take more that 5 min. Can you please elaborate?
Yes, you can actually take breaks as long as you want - longer than 5 min. Here are the reasons: when I checked in and out (you do it on paper as you leave and come - you post the time and initial it) it already took 2 mins of my time. Also, it is impossible to make it to the bathroom in that interval, and finally, the test does not start by itself. Only the test admin starts it by pressing CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER or something like that; I may have confused the combination, but you will not need to press it anyway. here is my experience: I left without finishing the section (math) I just let hte time run out and as I came back from the break, my PC said: "DO you want to take the breaK?" I clicked NO, since I already came back, but the next section did not start. I had to raise my hand and the admin came and started it.

2) you mention that we need to check our answers or atleast leave 2-3 min extra if we finish early to check our answers, but we cannot go back once we have chosen the answer and moved on to the next question. What did you mean by this?

What I meant was checking them as you go. I know that you can't go back. I have Forrest Gump as my pic, but I know that :wink: . To state the sentence again: When yop practice, try to finish 2-3 min earlier (if you don't check your answers as you go; I did not) because you will on the real test and that's what it will take you on the real test to check your answers - 2,3 mins. Sorry there's lots of repetition in this sentence, but I wanted to make it straight.

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 [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2004, 11:57
Hi Bogdan,

I took test once before. After taking the break, I think I had to click on OK or something like that on the screen in order to start the test. The instructor did not come to my desk and did anything.

But anyhoe, I agree that the break is actually more than 5 minutes.

I have one concern though. For the verbal secton I need to create grid on my scratch paper (writing A, B, C, D, E for all the 41 questions). This way I can use the POE effectively.

When I took the test first time, I created this grid right in the beginning of the test. (Before the AWA section). That occupied 1 complete scratch paper. At my center, they did not allow more than 5 scartch paper at a time. And if you need more scratch paper, then you have to return the used papers and they will give you equal number of new scartch paper. The bottom line is: you can not have more than 5 scartch paper with you AT ANY GIVEN TIME. As a result of this, I had only 4 scratch paper for my math section. Towards the end of the section, I was literally looking for space to carry out my scratch work. I did not want to go to proctor and ask for new scratch paper, as I was running out of time. I think because of that I missed answering one question also.

Anyhow when I take the test next time, I am planning to make the grid before the verbal section. So that I will have 5 scratch paper for math section and then during the break I can request new papers.

I have thought of following options about when to make the grid for verbal section:

(1) If I can finish my math section early, I will not hit the confirm button for the last question and let the time run out on itself. Meanwhile I can go to proctor and ask for the new papers and create the grid and then take the break.

(2) If I finsih the math section on time, I can hit on the "yes" when the message "Do you want to take a break" appears. Then I can go to proctor ask for new papers and come back to my seat, create the grid and then go for the break.

(3) If I finish the math section on time, I can take the break as usual, when I come back from the break I can ask for new papers, then go to my seat and create grid then click OK on the screen to resume the test.

I prefer option 2. What do you think about that option.?

Also please let me know if there is any easy mehod to create the grid.
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 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2004, 20:15
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Hi Bogdan,

I took test once before. After taking the break, I think I had to click on OK or something like that on the screen in order to start the test. The instructor did not come to my desk and did anything.

But anyhoe, I agree that the break is actually more than 5 minutes.

I have one concern though. For the verbal secton I need to create grid on my scratch paper (writing A, B, C, D, E for all the 41 questions). This way I can use the POE effectively.

When I took the test first time, I created this grid right in the beginning of the test. (Before the AWA section). That occupied 1 complete scratch paper. At my center, they did not allow more than 5 scartch paper at a time. And if you need more scratch paper, then you have to return the used papers and they will give you equal number of new scartch paper. The bottom line is: you can not have more than 5 scartch paper with you AT ANY GIVEN TIME. As a result of this, I had only 4 scratch paper for my math section. Towards the end of the section, I was literally looking for space to carry out my scratch work. I did not want to go to proctor and ask for new scratch paper, as I was running out of time. I think because of that I missed answering one question also.

Anyhow when I take the test next time, I am planning to make the grid before the verbal section. So that I will have 5 scratch paper for math section and then during the break I can request new papers.

I have thought of following options about when to make the grid for verbal section:

(1) If I can finish my math section early, I will not hit the confirm button for the last question and let the time run out on itself. Meanwhile I can go to proctor and ask for the new papers and create the grid and then take the break.

(2) If I finsih the math section on time, I can hit on the "yes" when the message "Do you want to take a break" appears. Then I can go to proctor ask for new papers and come back to my seat, create the grid and then go for the break.

(3) If I finish the math section on time, I can take the break as usual, when I come back from the break I can ask for new papers, then go to my seat and create grid then click OK on the screen to resume the test.

I prefer option 2. What do you think about that option.?

Also please let me know if there is any easy mehod to create the grid.


No matter which option you take, you will have the time to draw the grid. When I took there was time to do it. You can always save a few sheets from math and draw the grid; it does not take more than 10 secs...

I would not worry about this :)

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 [#permalink] New post 03 Mar 2004, 22:48
It is very good to have you back BB. I know you are about to graduate but do visit the club on and off. Keeps up the spirits of new entrants who have a battle ahead with GMAT !
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 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2004, 08:08
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It is very good to have you back BB. I know you are about to graduate but do visit the club on and off. Keeps up the spirits of new entrants who have a battle ahead with GMAT !



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