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I ordered the booklet just to see how it looked like, then I have sent it back to amazon without using it. I think it's a good idea to see how it looks like before hitting the test.

Also I guess we can train on it during the "tutorial time" of the real test. I would advise to wear a disposable Tshirt as the ink of the pen will destroy your Gekko French cuff shirts :)
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I think it is worth mentioning that you are not guaranteed to get a pad that resembles this one. Whilst I think in the US they will likely always be this format when I took the test in the UK the pads were laminated white A4 pages with a heavily ruled rectangular grid (each "cell" being approx 10mm wide by 7mm tall).

The pens were the same though and to be honest the colour / size of the paper shouldn't be that big an issue.
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Wow, this is nice to see the booklet before exam!



By the way, OG 12 is not included when you go to the exam. I put it next to the booklet to show the size of this monstrosity. :wink:



ha ha.....that would have been great if they provided OG12 in the main exam.... ;)
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Wow, this is nice to see the booklet before exam!



By the way, OG 12 is not included when you go to the exam. I put it next to the booklet to show the size of this monstrosity. :wink:



ha ha.....that would have been great if they provided OG12 in the main exam.... ;)


Not sure if it would be of great help then :wink:
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hi all

..Are we given limited scratch papers or can we ask for as many as we need. .
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Wow, this is nice to see the booklet before exam!



By the way, OG 12 is not included when you go to the exam. I put it next to the booklet to show the size of this monstrosity. :wink:


It won't make any difference even if they provide OG 12 :)


pardeepattri-you commented long back..but I really like it.. :P
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Can we expect more than two markers if required during test day...?


Folks-can anybody share any ideas on this?
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From what I recall, debayan222, the proctors will provide you with additional markers if necessary. Should the need arise, raise your hand. And to save time, hold the marker in your raised hand to signal to the proctors that you want another one.
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From what I recall, debayan222, the proctors will provide you with additional markers if necessary. Should the need arise, raise your hand. And to save time, hold the marker in your raised hand to signal to the proctors that you want another one.


Wow.....that's great!

Thank you BM :)

P.S: I really like the way we need to get the additional markers if required..it reminds me the elementary school days.. :wink:
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Do the same dry erasers that erase markers on big boards work on this booklet?

I wouldn't think so since these are wet erase markers, but melamine works...

Is melamine with a damp towel the best to erase, or something else?

That'd really help save me a trip to the sink and/or paper towels.

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Hi All,

A reasonable 'substitute' to the standard 'pad and marker' set is to take 6 sheets of yellow legal pad paper and staple them across the 'short side.' The front side of the first sheet would normally have instructions on it, so you can put a big 'X' across it, leaving you the normal 11 sheet 'faces' to write on. Along with a felt-tip marker, you have a decent approximation of what you'll use on Test Day.

This set-up has 2 advantages over using an actual pad and marker:

1) You can create several of these pads before starting your CAT, as swap them out as needed.
2) You can keep your notes from each CAT (for later review), instead of having to erase an actual pad every time you use it.

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Reflecting on the MGMAT booklet, here are some insights I took away from using it that may be overlooked if you're still considering to study with it.

1) Use the booklet horizontally. It won't get in the way of the keyboard, or you, for that matter. You may actually like it better that way.

2) You'll discover (or rediscover) if you write big, and set yourself to train to write smaller. It's better to get used to writing smaller now than on test day!

3) You'll learn that if you write in an unorganized manner, the amount of space you waste is much more noticeable, because you may find yourself consistently moving onto the next clean page. This may sound like it's not such a big deal, but the booklet doesn't give you an unlimited number of pages - far from it. There are only several (10 or so) pages so staying organized matters more than if you were to practice on paper, which you may have more of to work with while practicing. Training yourself to be more organized may mean less time wasted waiting for a new booklet.

4) Don't write as much - at least for the verbal section. If you're able to do questions without writing, that's a good sign of where you're headed. This one you probably already knew or realized while writing on paper, but the less you write, the more time you have to read and think. I've personally realized how much I don't look at my notes for the verbal section.
EDIT: that is, if you write too much and your notes aren't efficient, don't write as much. Learn to make do with less and utilize efficient shorthand.

5. If you like writing with bold or gel pens, the test day marker will annoy you. Get used to it since that's what they'll give you on test day. It's an ultra fine point 0.4mm tip that sometimes doesn't write well if your writing angle is off. Not to mention, the marker may run dry while you leave it uncapped, or it may have dried out from the last test takers who used your marker.
Also, remember that these are not dry erase markers - they're wet erase. They both erase, but one comes off more easily with water, so you won't accidentally smudge it off (as much) - learning how to interact with something as minor as how the wet erase markers work may be something that'll make you more comfortable.

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Hi iPen,

I'm sure that your suggestions will prove quite helpful to Test Takers who are looking to hone their 'mechanics' for Test Day. However, point #4 is a BIG potential mistake. Silly errors and little mistakes tend to KILL Test Takers and they're almost always caused by NOT taking enough notes. Choosing to write less on the pad is a dubious gamble; if you're 'off' (even a little bit) or you miss some detail in the question (and don't factor it into the work you're doing 'in your head'), then you'll likely get the question wrong (and in the Verbal section, you have no way of realizing when you have done the work incorrectly). The solution to all of these little problems is to take MORE notes and do so in an organized fashion.

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I'm sure that your suggestions will prove quite helpful to Test Takers who are looking to hone their 'mechanics' for Test Day. However, point #4 is a BIG potential mistake. Silly errors and little mistakes tend to KILL Test Takers and they're almost always caused by NOT taking enough notes. Choosing to write less on the pad is a dubious gamble; if you're 'off' (even a little bit) or you miss some detail in the question (and don't factor it into the work you're doing 'in your head'), then you'll likely get the question wrong (and in the Verbal section, you have no way of realizing when you have done the work incorrectly). The solution to all of these little problems is to take MORE notes and do so in an organized fashion.

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I should have been more clear. I do write, I just write more concisely with more efficient shorthand that works for me.

On one extreme, writing everything down and paraphrasing will mean a lot of time will be wasted. On the other extreme, writing nothing means that some content will need to be reread, so for example, writing an efficient outline of each paragraph of the reading comprehension section will be good. I have my own system of writing, but compared to when I started, I don't write nearly as much down.

So, I should have stated that one will discover to write less and get more out of it, while developing one's best system of note taking.
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