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Stamina and fatigue? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 19:47
I'm not sure if I'm alone, I'm pretty sure I am not, but I think my biggest problem when taking my prep tests are that I get REALLY fatigued during the course of the test. After the essay, IR, and about 25 quant questions my brain starts to turn to mush and then I don't finish and start missing a lot of questions that I wouldn't normally miss, but due to brain fatigue I get sloppy. I am literally trending at 80% in quant and 90% in verbal and then I don't finish because I get caught up after my brain starts to mutiny on me. lol. Do any of you all have strategies to get through the test while staying alert and focused the whole time?? If I could just finish strong I would do much better with my prep.

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Re: Stamina and fatigue? [#permalink] New post 30 Dec 2012, 23:35
few suggestions to build the stamina (during your study sessions):
1. Try grouping your study into 75 mins of chunks. i.e. study for 75 mins for 1 topic, take 8-10 mins of break, then study for 60-75 mins again. So that you get used to the GMAT test routine. Take a longer break (atleast 2-3 hours) after this second session as you wouldn't want to burn out yourself.
2. Dont accumulate your fatigue by studying all 7 days a week. Keep atleast 1 day off and do some activities which you feel unwinds your brain fatigue. On average 10-14 hours per week is what works with the most.
3. Take enough sleep! Atleast 7-8 hours per day.

Suggestions (for your test)
1. Give the tests during your most productive time of the day (avoid taking full tests late evenings after having a long day). Find out what time best suits for you and schedule the actual GMAT during similar time slot.
2. Take splash of cold water during each break of your test. Trust me, this thing really does the trick and freshens your mind up for the next challenge.
3. If you feel stressed out during the test, take your eyes off your screen for 4-5 seconds and focus on lines on your palm or seam of your shirt/jeans or just close your eyes for 4-5 seconds.

Read Stacy Koprince's (MGMAT) article. Its immensely helpful!
http://www.manhattangmat.com/blog/index ... you-crazy/

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Re: Stamina and fatigue? [#permalink] New post 31 Dec 2012, 03:27
GMAT is a marathon and practice for a marathon doesnot involve running the full deal.
1.) Start by solving question in sets of 10-20 questions in alloted time.
2.) Then move to giving sectional tests Quant or Verbal but not both.
3.) Then give Quant and Verbal without IR/AWA..
4.) When you are comfortable with your score then bring IR/AWA and both Q/V sections.

Donot give more than 1 test/week.
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