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# Stuck in one of the first five questions

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14 Feb 2019, 04:11
Hi there,

I have completed several tests now, am familiar with time management and also confident about my strengths and weaknesses. One weakness, however, is given my strong headache. I find myself performing pretty bad in the first 10 Quant questions. It's feels like having a mental block hindering me to perform even the simplest calculations and to apply my knowledge.

I tried several things to overcome this issue:

- I tried to start with verbal in order to warm up my mind.
- I downloaded a mental math app and solved some calculations for like 5 minutes to warm up my mind.
- I tried to allocate more time to the first 10 questions to reduce pressure.

Unfortunately, non of the aforementioned things helped me.

Does someone has any advice for me? I could really need some advice.
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14 Feb 2019, 07:52
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You should practice mental calculations until this becomes second nature to you. Instead of restricting yourself to 5 minutes before exam. Try this first thing in morning for 10 minutes for 10 days. Let me know the results. Good Luck!
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14 Feb 2019, 11:41
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I can see you have GMAT Club Test series access. Therefore, I would advise you to practice 10 questions (5 PS & 5 DS questions) in under 20 min. Do so for the next 10 days. You can do a similar "10 questions mini test" by picking questions from the Official guide, but make sure to time yourself. Furthermore, I can clearly see you suffer from test anxiety. Try to take deep breathes. Do not get too anxious or excited; be calm and composed while you start the test.
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15 Feb 2019, 01:20
DisciplinedPrep wrote:
I can see you have GMAT Club Test series access. Therefore, I would advise you to practice 10 questions (5 PS & 5 DS questions) in under 20 min. Do so for the next 10 days. You can do a similar "10 questions mini test" by picking questions from the Official guide, but make sure to time yourself. Furthermore, I can clearly see you suffer from test anxiety. Try to take deep breathes. Do not get too anxious or excited; be calm and composed while you start the test.

This sounds like a plan. I will do it. Thank you.
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23 Feb 2019, 18:55
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Mrjoe wrote:
Hi there,

I have completed several tests now, am familiar with time management and also confident about my strengths and weaknesses. One weakness, however, is given my strong headache. I find myself performing pretty bad in the first 10 Quant questions. It's feels like having a mental block hindering me to perform even the simplest calculations and to apply my knowledge.

I tried several things to overcome this issue:

- I tried to start with verbal in order to warm up my mind.
- I downloaded a mental math app and solved some calculations for like 5 minutes to warm up my mind.
- I tried to allocate more time to the first 10 questions to reduce pressure.

Unfortunately, non of the aforementioned things helped me.

Does someone has any advice for me? I could really need some advice.

Hi Mrjoe!

Have you been seeing some improvement, or is this still an issue for you?

Let me know!
-Carolyn
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23 Feb 2019, 20:55
HI Mrjoe

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-is-a-te ... 86002.html
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24 Feb 2019, 04:29
MagooshExpert wrote:
Mrjoe wrote:
Hi there,

I have completed several tests now, am familiar with time management and also confident about my strengths and weaknesses. One weakness, however, is given my strong headache. I find myself performing pretty bad in the first 10 Quant questions. It's feels like having a mental block hindering me to perform even the simplest calculations and to apply my knowledge.

I tried several things to overcome this issue:

- I tried to start with verbal in order to warm up my mind.
- I downloaded a mental math app and solved some calculations for like 5 minutes to warm up my mind.
- I tried to allocate more time to the first 10 questions to reduce pressure.

Unfortunately, non of the aforementioned things helped me.

Does someone has any advice for me? I could really need some advice.

Hi !

Have you been seeing some improvement, or is this still an issue for you?

Let me know!
-Carolyn

Hi Carolyn,

Two things helped me a lot:

- Accepting that GMAT is a mental game.
- Adjusting to this mental game.

I keep telling myself that the CAT works against me in the first questions and after them works with me, in the sense that the CAT is trying explore my weaknesses in the first few questions and after them the CAT works with me to show my true ability.

Weirdly, having done a few CATS now, I truly believe this. Somehow, the first questions are always pretty demanding (and time consuming! I always check the expert's solutions) whereas the last questions are quite comfortable.
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26 Feb 2019, 13:39
Mrjoe wrote:
Hi Carolyn,

Two things helped me a lot:

- Accepting that GMAT is a mental game.
- Adjusting to this mental game.

I keep telling myself that the CAT works against me in the first questions and after them works with me, in the sense that the CAT is trying explore my weaknesses in the first few questions and after them the CAT works with me to show my true ability.

Weirdly, having done a few CATS now, I truly believe this. Somehow, the first questions are always pretty demanding (and time consuming! I always check the expert's solutions) whereas the last questions are quite comfortable.

Hi Mrjoe,

That's great to hear! Keep up the good work

-Carolyn
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