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# Scared to take practice test!!??

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Is there anyone else afraid to take a practice test for fear of doing miserable? I've been on this board for 4 years and I still haven't taken the GMAT. I can't even get myself to take a full practice test. I feel so exhausted once I get off work and I try to study but I have terrible study habits. I'm just venting now but please tell me that there is someone else like me out there. I see people on this board who take PT every day but I don't know how they do it.
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24 Aug 2011, 00:11
Don't fret. You are not alone. I have had this problem too. Take out one Sunday and just give one exam. Don't think about score or anything. Just sit and finish the exam. that's all. once you have done one exam then it will be easy and you will get over the initial mental blockage.
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24 Aug 2011, 00:37
Well, I understand where you are and why you are unwilling to take one (or scared perhaps)
There are some people that have an anxiety of tests and feel very uncomfortable taking them.

However, knowing how you perform is very important - it is not a measure of anything, just a pulse check - you want to know where you are in the journey, think of it in terms of geography. Does it matter if you are in Arizona, Texas, or Utah?

One way to ease into it, is to take a test without timing. Not very useful from the standpoint of preparing for the GMAT, but could be very helpful to gain some of the confidence back and see how much time you REALLY need (you may be surprised).

Do you know your level by the way?
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24 Aug 2011, 00:46
well yes I am I have had so many failures in life that I am not exactly scared of doing bad but I am usually scared of sitting for 3-4 hrs a gmat test requires. Till date I have realistically given only 1 mock test which was knewtons test because they don't allow pause button. Every other test I took I used pause button and infact completed each MGMT tests in over 2 days.

[quote]I feel so exhausted _ me too , 5 and 6 questions burn me out. lack of concentration for long.
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24 Aug 2011, 10:53
Thanks everyone! I actual did quite well on verbal test today! I basically completed a manhattan gmat CAT that I started a month ago. I know i'm kind of weak in Quant so i skipped the section (can only stand one disappointment a day) just to build some confidence. I scored in the 51% which meant I need to get stronger in SC and cut the number of wrong answers to at least 5-6. This won't be hard because I made simple mistakes that are easy to correct. Next what I will do is take a full exam everyday for a week so I won't get lazy in front of the computer.
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24 Aug 2011, 10:58
Bravo for taking 1st step! Just one suggestion, make sure you review what you got wrong. get the concept behind it. Keep us posted.
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24 Aug 2011, 11:00
Thanks and will do!!
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25 Aug 2011, 16:14
I had the same mentality for a few months.
My CATs went something along the lines of 580, 620, 620, 660, 710, 740.
I was more excited about going from 620 to 660 than I was from 660 to 710, because that was my first real sign of progress during my first few months of studying.
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10 Jul 2014, 23:06
Ok, I am bumping this thread up. Acting like a bot. I am retaker and I am not sure yet if i can take a practice test, from a 690 I am banking on my test to be atleast 700 plus and I feel i should brush up all the basics before I take the test, but with every passing day I feel oh I haven't covered this topic, damn I wasn't doing well on that topic while solving the questions, let me brush up and I have been postponing taking a mock. I think first mock is a big barrier in my mind for improvement, any inputs on how to go about it, when will I feel ready, if i keep on to this I think I will never be ready.
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