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Any suggestions on how to overcome my exam anxieties?

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Hi there...

A little bit of history. I sat for my first GMAT and got a 580 (Q45, V25). I expected that score because I was not prepared for it at all. I underestimated the gmat and just practised questions without going through the fundamentals. (In fact, I took the GMAT with just slightly less than 2 months of preparation!)

In December, I spent the entire month learning the fundamentals of Verbal and Quantitative. I got to admit that I didn't practise much so at the next mocks, I got 580 again (Q44, V26). For the next 2 weeks in January, I decided to review content per topic and start practising questions with ascending level of difficulty. I just took the mocks and I got 560 (Q39, V28). I am happy that my verbal has improved. It seems that the strategy worked. And I will keep up with this.

However, I am worried about my Quant. I reviewed my Quant and I realised that I could do 9 out of the 15 questions I got wrong. I felt that my mind was a blank and I am suspecting that I could be experiencing a mind block during the exam. I might be feeling fearful and intimidated by the Gmat. After all, I have been trying very hard at it.

My Gmat is scheduled for the end of February. And all I need is 650. Any advice on how I can overcome my anxieties and to get a higher Quant score? Thanks so much for your help! It has been a long long journey.
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Hi,

Planned deep breathing exercise, at least 2 or 3, for 5 seconds can help you to remain calm & focussed before entering the room & during the test. It should also be during the test after reaching half way of the each section or whenever you feel stressed.

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First and foremost thing to do would be stay calm!, not all the things are in our hand. If nervousness or stress is the reason for your prep results not coming as you want, you need to relax and stay worry-free. Sit idle for few minutes and ask yourself few if-else questions and try to develop a positive outlook outta it. Remember there's never a last attempt/chance to what you want to achieve in life. Be positive.

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New post 19 Jan 2020, 13:56
Hi Seraphh,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 3 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 570 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Since these Scores stretch back several months, it's possible that you have developed some 'bad habits' during your studies that are keeping you from scoring higher. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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3) When is your exact Test Date?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
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Hi Seraphh.

To help manage your nerves, you could try some visualization techniques. Imagine various test-day scenarios such as getting stuck on a question, issues in the testing center, feeling pressed for time, or worrying that you’re underperforming. As you feel your stress responses start to kick in when thinking about these things, practice pulling yourself together and visualize focusing on getting correct answers.

When taking the GMAT, the best way to deal with stress is to get busy answering the question in front of you, focusing completely on the task at hand so that you redirect all of that nervous energy and naturally calm down. In other words, you distract yourself with a goal. Just tell yourself that all that matters is getting the correct answer to the question in front of you, and then when you have finished that question, take the same attitude toward the next one. Focus on winning each “mini-battle” and you won't have time for anxiety. If you can win enough of those battles, you can win the GMAT war, right?

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about How to Eliminate GMAT Test-Day Anxiety.

Good luck with the GMAT, and let us know how things turn out.
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