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ADD/ADHD and GMAT a bad combination. Really need help!!!

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Hi my dear fellas. I have ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorder) since I was a child. This has really kept me from achieving goals and it is really difficult to strive when you have such an illness. So basically it is an invisible illness in which a person is not able to focus on simple tasks. First let me share my backstory so that you guys get an idea of what I have been going through. Please dont judge me if I go off topic. I have been planning to take the GMAT for a long time. I have prepared and tried to take the test once but miserably failed because when I was taking the test I got so anxious and zoned out. It really happened. I was zoned out for 20 minutes just staring the screen and doing nothing and my mind was just jumping from here to there thinking about random things like, ' what if I am not able to finish the test on time, or what if I need to go to the bathroom or what if I mess up' which eventually I did rushing through the rest of the questions and getting a pathetic score of 440. Ya, that was a pretty bad day. I was so upset and angry because I can not control my mind. P.S. It is so hard for people like me to get through the day without medication. I do not take any medications because they do not work on me without giving me extreme side effects. Also talking to a therapist didn't work. So I am trying to take my test again in another 3 months which is in November. I have tried taking personal classes, like where you need to go to the class where an actual human teaches (dint work cuz it is so embarrassing to go to the tutor and ask if he could summarize everything because somehow your brain wanted to switch off throughout the entire time) to online classes where there are some slides and some videos and you watch it and solve the questions. Anyways both of those didn't work out for me. Because my mind just can't go through the instructions and I have a hard time focusing on the videos, which I replayed and replayed and was constantly zoning out. So here I am asking on this amazing platform where people help other people, to help me get through this. I am really looking for someone or a group online who can study with me or go through questions with me, just like a group study. People who are kind enough to understand people like me who are in this situation and help us go through. I don't have any friend who has to take GMAT right now so maybe thought there might be someone who would be interested in helping. I can dedicate 8 hours (because it takes time to get in the zone) and once I am in the zone, I can hyperfocus. I can sit constantly without interruption or anything for 7-8 hours when I hyperfocus, which is different and weird. Yes people who have ADD can hyperfocus better than a normal person. Time is not an issue for me. Any time zone is ok.
So I hope you guys understand why I wrote this post. I know this is a very very unusual post but writing this made me feel that at least I tried.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this post and hope you have an awesome day.
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Hey Jazzmin, I have worked with a lot of students with ADD/ADHD, and just wanted to say that you are not alone! (And that I hope you find your study group.) Many, if not most, students with ADD/ADHD who take the GMAT struggle with a lot of the same things you do. That said, here are a few questions and thoughts that might help while you're looking for your study group.

1. Do you qualify for accommodations for the GMAT? Depending on your diagnosis and doctor's recommendations, sometimes GMAC will give accommodations like extra time (so that you can have those zone out moments and then have time to zone back in). Some tests (I'm not sure the GMAT is one of them) will also give you extended breaks, which (in my opinion) is much more useful for someone with ADHD since extended breaks can give you the time to get the jitters out.

2. Take it one step at a time. In my experience, it tends to be really difficult for someone with ADHD to go from zero to focused for 100% of the test right off the bat. Practice building focus. Set a timer and start working when you're studying, and then -when you notice that you've gotten off track - stop your timer. How long did you go? Try to go for one more minute the next time.

3. Set a mental 'routine' for when you get off track. One thing students have told me is that there's a certain amount of guilt to realizing that you've gone off track. Make a routine for what you're going to do whenever you realize that you're off track. One of my students closed her eyes and counted by 3's to 30. Another gave herself a little tap on the wrist.

4. It's understandable that you're finding that in person / longer videos are hard to deal with. Here are a few thoughts. Would you be good with shorter videos (4 - 10 minutes)? I know that at ORION we structure all of our videos so they're in that time frame because even people without ADHD do better with shorter snippets and practice in between. No matter what materials you're using, look for something that's going to hit that sweet spot.

5. Take notes during videos if you do watch them -- and don't be afraid to pause them. Interacting physically with content is (for some people with ADHD) a good way to keep on track for a little longer.
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Hi my dear fellas. I have ADD/ADHD (attention deficit disorder) since I was a child. This has really kept me from achieving goals and it is really difficult to strive when you have such an illness. So basically it is an invisible illness in which a person is not able to focus on simple tasks. First let me share my backstory so that you guys get an idea of what I have been going through. Please dont judge me if I go off topic. I have been planning to take the GMAT for a long time. I have prepared and tried to take the test once but miserably failed because when I was taking the test I got so anxious and zoned out. It really happened. I was zoned out for 20 minutes just staring the screen and doing nothing and my mind was just jumping from here to there thinking about random things like, ' what if I am not able to finish the test on time, or what if I need to go to the bathroom or what if I mess up' which eventually I did rushing through the rest of the questions and getting a pathetic score of 440. Ya, that was a pretty bad day. I was so upset and angry because I can not control my mind. P.S. It is so hard for people like me to get through the day without medication. I do not take any medications because they do not work on me without giving me extreme side effects. Also talking to a therapist didn't work. So I am trying to take my test again in another 3 months which is in November. I have tried taking personal classes, like where you need to go to the class where an actual human teaches (dint work cuz it is so embarrassing to go to the tutor and ask if he could summarize everything because somehow your brain wanted to switch off throughout the entire time) to online classes where there are some slides and some videos and you watch it and solve the questions. Anyways both of those didn't work out for me. Because my mind just can't go through the instructions and I have a hard time focusing on the videos, which I replayed and replayed and was constantly zoning out. So here I am asking on this amazing platform where people help other people, to help me get through this. I am really looking for someone or a group online who can study with me or go through questions with me, just like a group study. People who are kind enough to understand people like me who are in this situation and help us go through. I don't have any friend who has to take GMAT right now so maybe thought there might be someone who would be interested in helping. I can dedicate 8 hours (because it takes time to get in the zone) and once I am in the zone, I can hyperfocus. I can sit constantly without interruption or anything for 7-8 hours when I hyperfocus, which is different and weird. Yes people who have ADD can hyperfocus better than a normal person. Time is not an issue for me. Any time zone is ok.
So I hope you guys understand why I wrote this post. I know this is a very very unusual post but writing this made me feel that at least I tried.
Thank you very much for taking the time to read this post and hope you have an awesome day.


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Hi Jazzmin,

As far as I know, you can apply as a test taker with accomodations if you have proper documentation. Check out here:

https://www.mba.com/exams/gmat/before-t ... sabilities
https://www.mba.com/~/media/Files/mba/N ... vdec12.pdf

You can also contact this guy:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/adhd-gmat-207625.html

Hope this helps!
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