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01 May 2006, 21:20
i've heard that the GMAC is only allowing a dry erase board now instead of actual scrap paper. is there any truth to this?

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02 May 2006, 05:05
Yes, its true. Check the GMAT section of the forum, you will find all the information you need about the noteboards there.

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02 May 2006, 17:24
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Yes, its true. Check the GMAT section of the forum, you will find all the information you need about the noteboards there.

and I heard those pens are not very user friendly, especialy for left-handers, like me.

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07 May 2006, 08:27
Yes there quite a few complaints.
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09 May 2006, 22:25
wasnt an issue, other than the wrist was all blue/black.

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10 May 2006, 06:31
Hi There,

I took the gmat on Apr 29th.. I was really surprised at the "scrap paper", because I didn't expect it at all! It kind of threw me in the beginnning.

I received not a dry erase board, but laminated yellow paper. The pens were sort of fine time marker type pens, and the first one I had, had a completely messed up tip! So I had to ask for a new pen.

Anyway, the "paper" itself was okay -- but my major issue was that there were only 4 sheets given at a time (so front and back, there were 8 sides)... this was NOT enough for me, for the math section -- during my practices I went through 14-16 sides of paper...

The test center lady would not give me another stack right at the beginning, and told me to ask for more, when I had finished with the first stack...

It was very irritating, because during the exam, she wasn't looking in the test room, and I had to continue my test using little spaces on the paper... I had to keep looking back at the window section, to see if she was looking -- it was not helpful at all..

And of course, my hands got ink all over them.. .

So all in all, if you don't let it phase you, it's okay -- it also helps if you have really small handwriting .

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29 Sep 2006, 17:59
My tutor suggested I purchase a replica of one to practice with, it was very helpful come test day. I thought it was a dumb idea at first but when I started using it and got use to it, it was no big deal test day. It came with the dry erase book and the exact pen that was used

Hope that helps!

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29 Sep 2006, 19:20
It's fine. Dont sweat it.

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29 Sep 2006, 19:44
I actually had a terrible time with it the first time around. It was difficult to see what I wrote and I found myself not doing calculations because the pen was so difficult to use. The glossy nature of the grid pad made it even worse. Then to top it all off, I ran out of ink with about 7-8 minutes left. You can't just get up and get another pen. You must raise your hand, wait for the proctor to come, tell him the problem, then wait for him to run back to his desk and bring you a pen. It probably cost me over a minute total. Did it affect my score? Hard to say, but I was frustrated and thinking about it during the verbal section - of course that's my own fault for letting it continue to bother me.

I would suggest asking for an additional pen when you first go in, and if they don't let you do that (they turned me down on my second try), then at least try to get them to give you a new pen (I was able to get that).

All-in-all it's a truly asinine thing to have to worry about, but plan ahead if you can. And if you do have problems, let it go and don't let it get to you.

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29 Sep 2006, 19:52
I didnt have any issues with the paper and pen. Though my palm was all black!

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30 Sep 2006, 04:08
GMAC claims that the markers are for cost savings, when, in fact, we all know they are distributed for security purposes. I have a strong hunch that savvy cheaters were bringing in their own paper and copying down answers to share with others. Not a difficult thing to do if you already have other sheets of paper at your workstation.

If you have good content mastery and well rehearsed timing skills, then the markers will probably be the least of your worries. To best replicate testing conditions I might suggest that you do all your practice with lightly graphed paper and a fine tip felt pen. The glossy sheets do tend to smudge because the ink won't be fully absorbed by the laminated surface when your hand brushes against it (especially if you are left handed).

If you would like to read other opinions about this eraseable white board, you might want to look at the sticky titled "fight the noteboard" in the GMAT forum.

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30 Sep 2006, 07:46
My experience was contrary to most! I actually liked them. Anyway, for what it's worth - here's a little tip for those who have trouble with "number of sheets." What I always do (or did) was draw a vertical line through the center of the sheet, bisecting it to two write areas. The reason is that we rarely write the entire horizontal length, and we waste valuable real estate. And the reduced write space makes it feel more compact so your writing does not go sprawling on the page. Worked for me, and hopefully someone else will find it useful.

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30 Sep 2006, 07:47
Im telling you guys.... getting the special book and pen before hand is the way to go! Helped me by far more than I thought it would

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30 Sep 2006, 19:27
I agree with the person who suggests that noteboard thing, I bought one and used it for practice and I think it really helped me for when I wrote GMAT!

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02 Oct 2006, 21:52
If you have OCD and/or ADD, then I would advise you to practice with the dry eraseboard. In any other case, trust me, the boards are just fine. The pen sort of dies out (not drastically however), but you can always ask for more than one. Really- it seems that some people are letting the small stuff sweat them while taking the test, rather than just concentrating. Nonetheless, my test center was in a fairly decent center, and in America, so that might mean something...

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02 Oct 2006, 22:23
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If you have OCD and/or ADD, then I would advise you to practice with the dry eraseboard. In any other case, trust me, the boards are just fine. The pen sort of dies out (not drastically however), but you can always ask for more than one. Really- it seems that some people are letting the small stuff sweat them while taking the test, rather than just concentrating. Nonetheless, my test center was in a fairly decent center, and in America, so that might mean something...

Well, my test center was in the USA as well. My pen did run out of ink and it cost me about a minute of test time. The pen was extremely difficult to use and I could almost not write anything legible up until the moment that it ran out of ink. The next time around I asked for an additional pen and they refused to give me one.

It's hard to concentrate when you have 5 questions left, a little more than 10 minutes on the clock and you're sitting there with your hand up waiting for the proctor to come by.

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03 Oct 2006, 05:18
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It's hard to concentrate when you have 5 questions left, a little more than 10 minutes on the clock and you're sitting there with your hand up waiting for the proctor to come by.

This is simply a joke. It's the powers that be forcing their will on the powerless. In the end, what can we do except try our best to not let it phase us.

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