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My understanding is that instead of regular paper, you're given laminated erasable sheets. Is that accurate? Are you expected to erase the sheets yourself and reuse them, or do they give you enough that you don't need to do that? What if you need more?
Also, once you get them, do you have time to write down formulas prior to starting the test? With other exams I've taken, this has been an option...
yes, you'll get the erasable sheets. if you need more - just ask the administrator to erase it for you or get more. although I didn't need that much. If you really want to put all your formulas on these sheets you can easily do that when you go through the timed pre-test screens. Obviously you don't need to waste time reading what you've already seen on GMATPrep.
Thanks! I've found that having certain formulas and number properties written down can save me several seconds. Even though I can recall them, it's quicker for me to glance down at a sheet of notes. It also minimizes the chance of error.
you get 10 legal sized sheets (5 inidividual sheets, front and back). Erasing on those things is hard and time comsuming. I'm a big paper user and finished the Q with no room left but I didn't erase anything either. Asking them for paper can vary in length of time for them to recognize you sinec you aren't supposed to leave your seat unless given permission. I asked for a new book for the V and used half of it.
Also remember the pen size is a little fatter than an ultra fine point sharpie.
The test administrator will provide you with a booklet of five (5) noteboards. If you fill up your noteboards during the test, please raise your hand; the administrator will collect the noteboards you have and give you replacements. You may not remove the noteboards from the testing room during or after the test and you must return them to the administrator after the test.
Also worth noting is at my test center, they specifically said that we could not erase these notepad (they don't provide you with any type of erasers). I didn't want to void my score by inadvertently erasing anything, so I just wrote small and made my pad last me through the quant section. If you need more, you're supposed to raise your hand and they bring you more... but the pad was more than enough for my Q section (I didn't use it for V, so if you're used to writing a lot for the V, consider getting a new pad during your break).
Also, make sure your marker works. I was lucky that mine worked during the Q.. but when I tried to use it for a few questions on the V, I found that it ran out of ink. This would have been a huge time waster if it had happened during the Q section.. so save yourself the drama and make sure it works ok.
I think the best you can do is to purchase this MGMAT Test Simulation Booklet. Some users said that is actually the same as the one that you will be given in the test day. I purchased and it's been useful, it's not critical but it probably helps to arrive to the exam and be familiar with the stuff you will be using.
IMHO, the best way to simulate the experience is use A4 squarred paper with a 2mm ink pen (you can buy both items in any stationary shop). Such ink pen will make sure you'll consume same space on a sheet as while using the exam's pen.
Beware of suprsises: in Istanbul test center, the scratch paper has rectangular squares i/o squares. It was a nasty surprise and it cost me 1 coordinate geometry question because I failed to build a graph (:
All the notepads come with a grid. Another thought worthwhile: ask the test proctor for two pads/pens at the beginning. My proctor gave me two pens himself and I didn't even use up the whole notepad for both Q and V put together. It's merely a preference but the MGMAT booklet might be useful.