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How do you overcome max anxiety during the test?

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21 Feb 2007, 08:12
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070219/od_ ... anxiety_dc

I saw this article on yahoo about how worrying about math makes you do worse and thought it describes what happens to me during the acual exam. As I mentioned before I did the kaplan home tutoring as well as the OG problems and reviewed a lot, but that didn't help at all.

In the back of my mind I kept thinking about how much money I spent on the prep course, the books, and the exam itself as well as all the time I spent doing problems, and how important it was for me to get the questions right. I was also thinking about everyone that was going to ask how I did and I didn't want to let them down.

The main thing I remember during the test is that the 1 question at a time, the question being on a hard to read computer screen, and the constant ticking of the clock all made me feel like I was being overwhelmed. If you gave me the problems on a pieece of paper and told me to turn it in whenever I wanted, I don't think I would have had that much trouble.

Unfortunately the anxiety caused me to think in very mechanical terms, and I started writing everything down and I'd get stuck on a problem and then not know whether to go back or just guess and move on. I felt like I lost my ability to look at a problem and reason through any tricks or see a number of ways to do things.

Is there anything I can do to overcome these nervous anxiety problems?

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21 Feb 2007, 09:17
To me, your description shows more a problem of selfconfidence.

The best way that I see to overcome it is the practice.... A lot of practice and under the time pressure and real conditions of the test. ... even the laminated grilled papper used on the test, u should buy.... U need to use all of these all time ..... Putting u in pression as well

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21 Feb 2007, 09:21
Fig wrote:
To me, your description shows more a problem of selfconfidence.

The best way that I see to overcome it is the practice.... A lot of practice and under the time pressure and real conditions of the test. ... even the laminated grilled papper used on the test, u should buy.... U need to use all of these all time ..... Putting u in pression as well

When I took the test they gave you regular scratch paper with pencils. Where do you find the laminated paper they use now?

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21 Feb 2007, 09:27
maxpowers wrote:
Fig wrote:
To me, your description shows more a problem of selfconfidence.

The best way that I see to overcome it is the practice.... A lot of practice and under the time pressure and real conditions of the test. ... even the laminated grilled papper used on the test, u should buy.... U need to use all of these all time ..... Putting u in pression as well

When I took the test they gave you regular scratch paper with pencils. Where do you find the laminated paper they use now?

Have a look at this thread : http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=26934&start=20

Apparently, the most equivalent to the real thing is found at : http://www.testdayscratch.com/

Anyway... good luck !

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