This is my first post here, but I have looked through the forum quite a bit. It's fantastic, keep it going!
I am writing the GMAT for the first time this week.
I have two questions (I couldn't find answers to these anywhere):
1) Do you get the same yellow notebook until you run out of space, or do you get a new one after each section (AWA, Quant, Verbal)?
Yes, you raise your hand and the test proctor will give you a new book. Note: There is no pausing the test, plan accordingly to try and use the notebook and not run out of space.
2) Does anyone memorize notes and then write them out at the start of the test?
I usually find that I have time left after each AWA section. This time could be used to write out notes so that I don't have to think about things as much during the test. For example, geometry formulas, factorial values etc. This would decrease the chance of muddling them up under pressure.
You need to do what works for you. Everyone operates differently.
Also, I am thinking of writing out time guidelines for question timing, to keep me on track. For example, in the quant:
As in, when I am starting question 11 I should have 55 minutes left etc.
These are things I could just have in my head, but I think it would be easier to have them written out so I don't have to think about it.
I welcome your thoughts!
See this thread regarding timing:timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html
Some people like the strategy you list. I prefer the average time per problem (i.e. you should be an avg of ~2min/prob on quant (37 probs in 75 mins) and ~1.8min/prob in verbal (41 probs in 75 mins).
Just as above, everyone operates in a different manner. What works for others may not work for you. The prep company strategies (Veritas
, MGMAT, things posted on Gmatclub, etc.) can help you identify how to approach/solve problems and how to manage time, but you must be to the one who fine tunes these items so they work for YOU.
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