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How to control anxiety while attempting the exam.....
I have already lost my first attempt because of anxiety.....still I'm facing the same issue while writing mocks... firstly couldn't complete the mock and while the mock I'm unable to control these unusual thoughts.....how to get rid of these....

Someone please help me out??
Days are passing by....but I'm just stuck out there with no improvement....?
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New post 10 Nov 2019, 10:11
Hi,
This is a thing on which you must control if you want to get your desired score. People can give you suggestions/advises only but the action part has to be taken by you.
I am not a psychologist :tongue_opt3

What kind of thoughts you are getting in exam? What is your daily routine? Are you doing exercise, taking good sleep, studying for short intervals and eating well?
If you are not doing the above, start doing those things and meditation. Take this exam as you are going to defeat it and not getting defeated. Experts say, controlling anxiety and defeating the mental game of gmat gives you extra score.

Not completing the mock suggests that you get lost in too many thoughts or your basic fundamentals are not clear. It is advisable to skip the questions when you know you can't answer in 2-3 minutes. What is your official/mock score and desired score?
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Hi madgmat2019,

Back in early September, you noted that you had taken the Official GMAT and were disappointed in the result. There could be any number of factors that are currently impacting your performance - so rather than asking for general advice (and hoping that it can help you), we should define exactly how you're studying and what you might not be doing correctly. By addressing those issues, you'll have a better chance to eliminate the stresses that you're referring to and hit your Goal Score. The first step in handling this is if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How did you score on the Official GMAT (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores)?
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7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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New post 11 Nov 2019, 20:17
Hi madgmat2019,

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?

I wrote an article that provides some more detailed advice about how to limit GMAT anxiety.

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