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My studies have gone well, and I feel prepared for the GMAT exam in a week form now. My business schools admission and required GMAT score is quite low, i.e I only need 500 to make sure I'm all set for the course I'm applying for. I've taken CATS and ended up in that range.

However, I get a breakdown even on the practice tests. As soon as the screen pops up and I think "no you can't waste a second, you must stay focused" I become so nervous I feel I'm about to vomit. I waste so much time staring at the clock and feeling the pressure, I end up making a lot of silly mistakes. I don't even want to think about how I should deal with this on test day. I've read many threads regarding this topic. Nevertheless, I do feel I'm prepared and know the material, but I just can't deal with feeling that my life depends on this test and that I have a relentless pressure on me.

Any tips on how to handle the situation when your heart beats through your chest and you feel you're about to faint during the test?
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Musique - Exam anxiety can throw even the most prepared test-takers off balance. Therefore, the GMAT experts always recommend that practice tests be taken in ideal testing conditions so that the test day experience can be somehow replicated. Even after considering all this advice, you should always mentally prepare your self for any kind of surprise. I personally recommend that you practice meditation or some kind of breathing exercises in the weeks following up to the test day. During the test, you should be calm & composed and not let your nerves get to you. Also, practice light exercises, anything that you are comfortable with, in the weeks following up to the test day.
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Hi and welcome to GMAT Club.

I feel You can and should make a simple adjustment to your practice. Make all your practice timed and if you have not been timing every single of your practice questions then you have not been setting yourself up for success.

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Mmm so you have an anxiety problem but, you should not have to: you feel prepared for the test, the GMAT score that you required is low in contrast with another business schools and the most important fact: the CATS that you had taken were appropriate.
You have achieved the most difficult aspects involved in the GMAT!

I know that the stopwatch could be scary sometimes, however, in that point of the test it is important to remember all the time and experience gained. It is like a toolbox that you have equiped XD

I wish you good luck in your test and remember: your goal and your dreams are very closed: one more test only!
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It is normal to feel pressure and quite a bit more than that. Just focus at one question at a time. One question. That’s it.

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Hi Musique,

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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