Find all School-related info fast with the new School-Specific MBA Forum

 It is currently 26 Nov 2015, 08:12

# Happy Thanksgiving:

All GMAT Club Tests are Open and Free today

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

# Is the Scratch Paper Good enough

Author Message
TAGS:
Manager
Joined: 28 Jul 2004
Posts: 136
Location: Melbourne
Schools: Yale SOM, Tuck, Ross, IESE, HEC, Johnson, Booth
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 31 [0], given: 2

Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  07 Apr 2008, 10:18
I read in some blog that the scrtach paper (new format) given in GMAT is very inconvenient to use, specially because of the pen which is provided in the exam.

Is it correct ?

Also, do we have unlimited supply of scrtach paper or we should write small to use the sheets judiciously.
_________________

kris

 Kaplan GMAT Prep Discount Codes Knewton GMAT Discount Codes Veritas Prep GMAT Discount Codes
VP
Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 1443
Schools: Chicago Booth '11
Followers: 8

Kudos [?]: 162 [0], given: 12

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  07 Apr 2008, 11:44
I wasn't too thrilled with it. My pen ran out of ink halfway through math, I was pissed too because the lady didn't see my hand for like a minute or 2 so next time I take I will make sure to ask for 2 pens. As for workbook, I mean I needed a 2nd one, but I write big. Just make sure to raise your hand when you are almost done to get a new book.
CEO
Joined: 17 May 2007
Posts: 2989
Followers: 60

Kudos [?]: 504 [0], given: 210

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  07 Apr 2008, 20:13
Its not really scratch paper - its more of a erasable plastic pad. But u dont get to erase it, u just get to ask for more when you run out of space on one. It can get inconvenient if you are very sensitive about writing instruments, but I felt it was fine. Nothing out of the ordinary.
Manager
Joined: 31 Oct 2007
Posts: 113
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 37 [0], given: 0

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  07 Apr 2008, 23:52
Buy a non-permanent ink pen from Stadler and few pieces of transparencies. These give you the same effect. Better to simulate test environment when doing revision. Oh ya, use a stopwatch too.
_________________

Jimmy Low, Frankfurt, Germany
Blog: http://mytrainmaster.wordpress.com
GMAT Malaysia: http://gmatmalaysia.blogspot.com

Intern
Joined: 22 Jul 2007
Posts: 14
Location: Arizona
Followers: 0

Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  09 Apr 2008, 07:46
I think it depends. Mine made my GMAT experience absolutely horrible.
When I first sat down the pen didn't work at all. I was having to write 12-14 lines to get an 'X.'
I dealt with that as best I could for the 1st couple problems (although not with much luck) and eventually raised my hand, waited 3-4 minutes, and requested a new pen.
I am afraid the new pen was more of the same, and it too didn't want to write.

I contemplated requesting a third, at a cost of 4 minutes, but just gave up. I assumed that if 2 pens could be bad, so could 3, and maybe it was the pad, not the pen.

Overall it was miserable and completely effected my concentration and scoring.
The testing center was in Arizona, and was indifferent to the situation. Not even so much as a 'sorry.'
I had assumed everyone dealt with such a terrible pen but I guess it was just me and the poor other soles that take their GMAT in AZ...
Manager
Joined: 31 Oct 2007
Posts: 113
Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Followers: 2

Kudos [?]: 37 [0], given: 0

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  09 Apr 2008, 08:29
I felt the test centers must give each candidate a new pen and few scratch papers. After all, we pay US$250 and what is a$2 pen to them. In my case, the test center coordinator was doing other things and not observing me despite having a CCTV in the test room. I raised my hands and no one appeared.

GMAC should investigate this and look into a better process
_________________

Jimmy Low, Frankfurt, Germany
Blog: http://mytrainmaster.wordpress.com
GMAT Malaysia: http://gmatmalaysia.blogspot.com

SVP
Joined: 24 Aug 2006
Posts: 2132
Followers: 3

Kudos [?]: 109 [0], given: 0

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  09 Apr 2008, 11:01
jimmylow wrote:
I felt the test centers must give each candidate a new pen and few scratch papers. After all, we pay US$250 and what is a$2 pen to them. In my case, the test center coordinator was doing other things and not observing me despite having a CCTV in the test room. I raised my hands and no one appeared.

GMAC should investigate this and look into a better process

I'm almost certain those proctors get paid something like \$10/hr, so why would they care? GMAC just doesn't care about the quality of the test's administration. And why should they? bottom line bottom line.

My advice is always to take control of the test. Expect the worst, learn to write with a ridiculous marker and write smaller. That way, you won't need no stinkin' proctor.
Manager
Joined: 28 Jul 2004
Posts: 136
Location: Melbourne
Schools: Yale SOM, Tuck, Ross, IESE, HEC, Johnson, Booth
Followers: 1

Kudos [?]: 31 [0], given: 2

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  09 Apr 2008, 19:00
If we need to apprise GMAC of this, how do we do that? But, I am sure those folks would be knowing this and hopefull they make the change.

It is really bad that you should be worrying about the quality of pen/paper rather than the questions on your screen.
_________________

kris

Senior Manager
Joined: 18 Oct 2007
Posts: 449
Location: USA
Schools: Tepper '11
Followers: 5

Kudos [?]: 56 [0], given: 2

Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough [#permalink]  10 Apr 2008, 12:43
They do give new pens, at least everyone in my room got a new pen. You need to test it before it starts, uncap it and look at it, does it look used? make an X on the front, it doesnt matter. Everything is videotaped, they aren't going to cancel your score because you put an X on your pad to test your pen.
Re: Is the Scratch Paper Good enough   [#permalink] 10 Apr 2008, 12:43
Similar topics Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
Is 640 good enough 6 02 Jul 2009, 00:32
Scratch paper question - GMAT - 1 day 6 29 May 2008, 17:31
When to draw answer grids on scratch paper? 8 25 Apr 2008, 14:12
Test Day - Scratch Paper? 2 01 Nov 2007, 15:48
750 - Good enough! 22 10 Jul 2006, 03:19
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Is the Scratch Paper Good enough

Moderators: m3equals333, TGC

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.