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# Stress Issues

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01 Apr 2018, 11:39
Hi everyone!
I’m preparing for my GMAT exam now and there’s one problem that keeps bothering me. If you know any good solution to this, I’d be extremely grateful. Basically, when doing the exercises alone I’m all focused and doing great, but when doing the practice exam, I get stressed out and make mistakes because of the panic occurring. Did anybody have a similar experience? How did you overcome this?
P.S. - Also, does anyone know a good source to practice the verbal part of the exam for free (I did the Manhattan guides and the GMATprep)?
Thanks!
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01 Apr 2018, 12:13
Hi JCarola,

Many Test Takers face some anxiety during their studies, so you're not alone. It's important to remember that the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam though - so you CAN train to score at a higher level. Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on each of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for each)?

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5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
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01 Apr 2018, 14:14
JCarola. wrote:
Hi everyone!
I’m preparing for my GMAT exam now and there’s one problem that keeps bothering me. If you know any good solution to this, I’d be extremely grateful. Basically, when doing the exercises alone I’m all focused and doing great, but when doing the practice exam, I get stressed out and make mistakes because of the panic occurring. Did anybody have a similar experience? How did you overcome this?
P.S. - Also, does anyone know a good source to practice the verbal part of the exam for free (I did the Manhattan guides and the GMATprep)?
Thanks!

Hi @JCarola,

Here are few important points that can help you not only on this issue but can help on overall issues. Please have a look:

1. Methods: Probably you are doing questions with the methods that take time. You must look for alternate explanations by experts for the questions that you get wrong or take more time. If you could do for all of the questions then also great.

2. Stick to one question: May be you are one of those who dont want to give up on a question. So if you spend 4-6 minutes on 3-5 question in test, you're bound to make careless mistakes and get yourself into the stress for all the duration of CAT. So learn to guess and move on. Do not blind guess when you have time. example - If you know that you did reach for the right answer for last 2-3 questions and then you are presented a question that after 1-1.5 minutes, you do not have a clue as to what to do, then you might spend more time and welcome stress else you can do a good guess by eliminating 2-3 choices that anyway would look far from being the correct answers. This really helps.

3. Lack of practice: We first learn a concept then do lot of practice and solidify concept, process and strategy to tackle various type of questions on the same concept. Please pick one area which you have not revised yet, and then do some questions on it, you would definitely take long time on that question, be it a practice session of CAT.

4. Sense of time: Practice to develope the sense of a minute.

5. Timing/Pace: follow the right timing as to which question should you be at when clock is at particular time. do not bother if behind -2 questions from expected.

6. Strategy: For entire exam you need an strategy from guessing to timing to various other factors that are important.

7. Number of CATs: we need to make this exam a second nature for us. Give as many CATs as you can but at the right intervals and with right strategy. If you think you havenot practiced well on the all the weak areas that you needed to after the previous CAT then a new CAT is not worth. and this is the hard work needed.

8. Consistency and plan: have a study plan and be consistent in the studies.

9. Meditation

10. Confidence

11. Health
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01 Apr 2018, 20:20
JCarola. wrote:
Basically, when doing the exercises alone I’m all focused and doing great, but when doing the practice exam, I get stressed out and make mistakes because of the panic occurring. Did anybody have a similar experience? How did you overcome this?
Are these practice exercises timed? If you aren't doing them under time pressure, that could be one reason for the stress you feel during your practice tests.
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02 Apr 2018, 13:43
AjiteshArun wrote:
JCarola. wrote:
Basically, when doing the exercises alone I’m all focused and doing great, but when doing the practice exam, I get stressed out and make mistakes because of the panic occurring. Did anybody have a similar experience? How did you overcome this?
Are these practice exercises timed? If you aren't doing them under time pressure, that could be one reason for the stress you feel during your practice tests.

Sadly it isn't. I always make sure I do not take over the 2 minutes or the 2 minutes and 30 seconds (it depends on the questions) in the Quant section. However, at the Verbal I always get more stressed, at the last one I "finished" and still had 15 minutes left - and my result was a 24 or similar (on the Verbal section), which is not the most useful one...
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02 Apr 2018, 13:46
HKD1710 wrote:
JCarola. wrote:
Hi everyone!
I’m preparing for my GMAT exam now and there’s one problem that keeps bothering me. If you know any good solution to this, I’d be extremely grateful. Basically, when doing the exercises alone I’m all focused and doing great, but when doing the practice exam, I get stressed out and make mistakes because of the panic occurring. Did anybody have a similar experience? How did you overcome this?
P.S. - Also, does anyone know a good source to practice the verbal part of the exam for free (I did the Manhattan guides and the GMATprep)?
Thanks!

Hi @JCarola,

Here are few important points that can help you not only on this issue but can help on overall issues. Please have a look:

1. Methods: Probably you are doing questions with the methods that take time. You must look for alternate explanations by experts for the questions that you get wrong or take more time. If you could do for all of the questions then also great.

2. Stick to one question: May be you are one of those who dont want to give up on a question. So if you spend 4-6 minutes on 3-5 question in test, you're bound to make careless mistakes and get yourself into the stress for all the duration of CAT. So learn to guess and move on. Do not blind guess when you have time. example - If you know that you did reach for the right answer for last 2-3 questions and then you are presented a question that after 1-1.5 minutes, you do not have a clue as to what to do, then you might spend more time and welcome stress else you can do a good guess by eliminating 2-3 choices that anyway would look far from being the correct answers. This really helps.

3. Lack of practice: We first learn a concept then do lot of practice and solidify concept, process and strategy to tackle various type of questions on the same concept. Please pick one area which you have not revised yet, and then do some questions on it, you would definitely take long time on that question, be it a practice session of CAT.

4. Sense of time: Practice to develope the sense of a minute.

5. Timing/Pace: follow the right timing as to which question should you be at when clock is at particular time. do not bother if behind -2 questions from expected.

6. Strategy: For entire exam you need an strategy from guessing to timing to various other factors that are important.

7. Number of CATs: we need to make this exam a second nature for us. Give as many CATs as you can but at the right intervals and with right strategy. If you think you havenot practiced well on the all the weak areas that you needed to after the previous CAT then a new CAT is not worth. and this is the hard work needed.

8. Consistency and plan: have a study plan and be consistent in the studies.

9. Meditation

10. Confidence

11. Health

Thank you for your reply and time, fortunately, today I found out that there's a Study section on the App that I use to meditate and hopefully it will be very useful.
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