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# Questions: GMAT Test ... and Center (San Jose)

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20 Jun 2006, 07:15
Few question if someone can answer

1) Am I allowed to wear writs watch during exam? Specifically to time breaks! If not, than how do you time breaks?
2) About score reporting, Columbia and HBS both has two different programs--MBA and MBA Fulltime. Anyone knows difference?

1) How big is locker normally, can you fit some food, drinks easily! I am going to San Jose center but any info will help.
2) I read somewhere that after taking break when you comeback, you have to immediately start exam. Any truth in this? or I can take 5 min break and spend 5 min on my desk to relax!
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20 Jun 2006, 07:52
chiragr wrote:
Few question if someone can answer

1) Am I allowed to wear writs watch during exam? Specifically to time breaks! If not, than how do you time breaks?

2) About score reporting, Columbia and HBS both has two different programs--MBA and MBA Fulltime. Anyone knows difference?

1) How big is locker normally, can you fit some food, drinks easily! I am going to San Jose center but any info will help.
2) I read somewhere that after taking break when you comeback, you have to immediately start exam. Any truth in this? or I can take 5 min break and spend 5 min on my desk to relax!

Chirag, I can answer a few questions:

1. Nothing is allowed except your id (Passport + One more photo id), you and your cloths. You must use center's wall clock to keep track of your breaks.
2. Lockers are big enough for food or drink. But not for gallon size drinks
3. This is true. As you finish the first section and take the break, your computter will be locked,displaying your photo and countdown timer. After the break when you enter the testing room, the proctor will unlock the computer for you and your instructions page will appear and you will have a minute or two to start the next section. About the break, its upto you how you take your break, either outside the testing room or on your seat. Only thing is you need to be quiet.

Eventhough I took the test in San Francisco but these are general things that apply to every center.

Apart from these, I would suggest you to take a jacket with you. I have heard from many people on the forum as well as outside the forum, that the environment in some test centers is cold enough to distract you.

Best of luck.
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20 Jun 2006, 09:36
Yeah..take a jacket and make sure your markers work fine. Good luck !
When are u taking the exam ?

chiragr wrote:
Few question if someone can answer

1) Am I allowed to wear writs watch during exam? Specifically to time breaks! If not, than how do you time breaks?
2) About score reporting, Columbia and HBS both has two different programs--MBA and MBA Fulltime. Anyone knows difference?

1) How big is locker normally, can you fit some food, drinks easily! I am going to San Jose center but any info will help.
2) I read somewhere that after taking break when you comeback, you have to immediately start exam. Any truth in this? or I can take 5 min break and spend 5 min on my desk to relax!
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20 Jun 2006, 09:49
thursday...
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20 Jun 2006, 14:25
make sure you write down any formulaes that you keep forgetting the first thing after you get your pads

if you can go out and get fresh air, do that.

ask for 2 pens right up front.

the pen seems to dry if you leave them open for a while.. so in my verbal it dried down badly because i had left it open after my math.

so get a new pad and a new pen after every section and leave the old ones with you
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20 Jun 2006, 14:37
Ask to test the pen before you start the exam... before they log you in. Just make sure it works. Last thing you want to do is get in there and find out its dry.

Change your pads every section (except maybe for the essays, if you are like me, you dont use the pads at all for that portion).

Wear a t-shirt and bring a light jacket or sweater if its cold.

Eat the morning of, do NOT go take the exam on an empty stomach. AVOID SUGARS IF YOU CAN. NO FRUIT THE MORNING OF. This will give you a boost of energy at that moment, but you will crash hours later as your body demands more sugar. Sugar high's, come with sugar low's.

Bring a snack if you can. Leave it in your locker.

Be absolutely sure you have nothing in your pockets when you walk in other than your photo id or passport.

Take advantage of the breaks. Splash water on your face during them. Stretch if you can, 4 hours of sitting is painful.

You will likely sleep like !@(*#!(@ wednesday night. Try to go bed early. Be prepared to have trouble sleeping.

If you are not a us citizen, bring a passport. EVERY SINGLE TIME I took the exam there was always some poor bastard who would show up and say "What? I need a passport? But I have my drivers license!"
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20 Jun 2006, 15:13
Good luck dude! I am sure you will do well.

Agree with all of the tips above. Also don't drink too much Gatorade/fluids during the breaks. Obey nature's limits
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20 Jun 2006, 15:30
thanks for tips...less than 48 hours and I will know so will you guys .
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20 Jun 2006, 15:31
you the man!

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20 Jun 2006, 15:47
chiragr wrote:
thanks for tips...less than 48 hours and I will know so will you guys .

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21 Jun 2006, 07:31
alright... it is Wednesday today, so since your test is tomorrow make sure not to cram tonight and take it easy!!! I am sure you will do fine!!!

and we are all waiting for good news!

make sure you tight tonight... take nyquil if you have to

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21 Jun 2006, 13:32
Another Question...

How do you report score? Should I write program code list in blank paper and keep it with me?
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21 Jun 2006, 13:58
I believe you can pick the schools from a drop-down list shown on the screen.

Good luck for the test tommorrow...
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21 Jun 2006, 14:10
chirag .. Very best for the test

Also make sure, dont drink a lot of water before the test
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22 Jun 2006, 14:21
3.21pm in San Jose! You are in the middle of it! Wishing you luck from here!
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22 Jun 2006, 16:50
All the best to you!!!!
And thanks to you guys for helpful tips
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