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Ignoring givens in Quant

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New post 17 Aug 2019, 07:48
Hi everyone,

Not sure how to deal with this - I routinely ignore specific givens in Quant problems - I know I have issues with dyslexia but for some reason when questions are worded in specific ways I 'don't see a given' - for example if a problem says "if x is negative" I just don't see that...what's the best way to get around this recurring issue?

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New post 17 Aug 2019, 09:21
Hi SynPo800,
I am not a medical practitioner but I think I can advice you have to learn to be very patient in reading every word carefully before answering any question. At first, you will be slow but as time goes on it will become part of you and once that happens, your speed will increase. You have to take it gradually. I believe that will work. Cheers.

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Hi SynPo800,

Note-taking is an exceptionally important part of the overall Test-taking process. Beyond helping you to organize your thoughts and 'steps' (that you'll have to work through to answer a given Quant or Verbal question), note-taking can save you time and help you to note all of the important information that the prompt gives you.

If you're having trouble 'catching' all of the information that a prompt has for you, then you might try stopping after each sentence (or each 'section' of a sentence ) to ask yourself "what does this mean?" If there are any details, numbers, formulas, factoids, etc., in what you've just read, then you should write them on your pad. In that way, when you physically work through whatever task the prompt asks of you, you have ALL of the necessary information in one place for easy reference.

Are you currently on any medications for these issues? When you were younger, did you ever receive 'testing accommodations' because of your dyslexia?

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Hi SynPo800,

Note-taking is an exceptionally important part of the overall Test-taking process. Beyond helping you to organize your thoughts and 'steps' (that you'll have to work through to answer a given Quant or Verbal question), note-taking can save you time and help you to note all of the important information that the prompt gives you.

If you're having trouble 'catching' all of the information that a prompt has for you, then you might try stopping after each sentence (or each 'section' of a sentence ) to ask yourself "what does this mean?" If there are any details, numbers, formulas, factoids, etc., in what you've just read, then you should write them on your pad. In that way, when you physically work through whatever task the prompt asks of you, you have ALL of the necessary information in one place for easy reference.

Are you currently on any medications for these issues? When you were younger, did you ever receive 'testing accommodations' because of your dyslexia?

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Thanks for your reply! Yes, I did receive testing accommodation but stopped requesting it when I got to high school, I felt it was unfair to the other students.
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Hi SynPo800,

Since you've received testing accommodations in the past, you might consider applying for them on the GMAT as well. The process does take a certain amount of time, money and effort on your part - but if you are granted the accommodations (re: extra time) for the Exam, then that might help you to perform at a higher level. Of course, having that extra time does NOT negate my prior advice. Training to take notes - and work through GMAT questions in specific ways - are both essential to helping you to maximize your Score.

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