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# How to stay focused during the test?

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29 Feb 2008, 13:40
Please, share tricks for staying mentally focused when taking the GMAT (practice or real).....special foods, medicine, excersises prayers, meditation, etc....

I find it very difficult to stay focused for a long period of time. Sometimes I just need to take a 1 min break in the middle of a section and regroup. When that happens during a RC passage, I'd have to start over and read from the beginning.....
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29 Feb 2008, 13:53
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all i can say is i only drank a little water and did not eat at all..and I DID LOSE FOCUS during verbal.

so i'd eat a little something, half a banana or something in each break. I also only look 4 mins after AWA and 5 mins after Quant. Now i wish i doubled those times, it would have helped.

also don't get too hot or too cold
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01 Mar 2008, 14:16
drink cold coffee (like Nescafe) or tea before verbal (and not earlier). If you can't get it, try coke - it also contains coffein
When I drove a car for long distances I used to drink energetic drinks like red bull, too, but to my mind they alter your reasoning so avoid their use
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01 Mar 2008, 15:44
In my opinion you should do nothing different on the test day, make it as normal as possible. I don't eat breakfast normally so I didn't eat breakfast on test day, I'm only an occasional coffee drinker so I didn't have one on test day. I took each break allowed and got some water, walked around. I don't snack normally so I didn't snack. Try to keep it as familiar as possible, you don't want to try some new energy drink, have it get you wired and nervous, and then start thinking of some funny aftertaste in your mouth during some mega CR passage...
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any drugs out there to stimulate the mind?
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04 Mar 2008, 07:17
I have to take atleast one break during each sessions. I had to get up, strecth a little bit, move your neck around a few times.

I tried chewing gum too.

Can we take some food with us and eat during the exam????
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04 Mar 2008, 09:34
bobinabob2 wrote:
any drugs out there to stimulate the mind?

I've been trying to research those:
http://www.bodybuilding.com/store/mem.htm
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maverick101 wrote:
I have to take atleast one break during each sessions. I had to get up, strecth a little bit, move your neck around a few times.

I tried chewing gum too.

Can we take some food with us and eat during the exam????

Not sure if this is the policy at all centers, but mine did NOT let me chew gum or bring any in my pockets! This really freaked me out b/c I chew gum a lot on a daily basis, not just to calm me down but to avoid getting a dry mouth. Also, I don't think my center had a vending machine and they didn't let me go to my locker to grab anything, so I don;t think you should bring food.
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