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I have been working on my weakest section (Verbal: SC) and in last 1-2 months, I have improved my accuracy from 50% to almost 80%.
I am also doing okay when it comes to completing an individual question within 1.5 mins.

But on the practice tests, I don't know how to measure time and manage time all up. At times, it makes me anxious and I pay way too much attention on keeping tab on the clock.

Any techniques that I can use to reduce my anxienty and get the timing right?
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I have been working on my weakest section (Verbal: SC) and in last 1-2 months, I have improved my accuracy from 50% to almost 80%.
I am also doing okay when it comes to completing an individual question within 1.5 mins.

But on the practice tests, I don't know how to measure time and manage time all up. At times, it makes me anxious and I pay way too much attention on keeping tab on the clock.

Any techniques that I can use to reduce my anxienty and get the timing right?
Do you have a timing strategy in place? Many test takers try to check the clock for the first time only after the first 10 questions. It's clearly not a good idea to manage time on a question by question basis (too much variation) and I'd imagine that the act of checking the clock itself wastes quite a lot of time.

If you stick to an average pace, your time targets will look something like this:
Start (75 minutes and 41 questions left)
10 questions done: 56 minutes left
20 questions done: 38 minutes left
30 questions done: 20 minutes left
Finish
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hey pacificnw,
What I'd suggest is this: plan a schedule for each section, dividing it into manageable chunks. For example, for the Quant, which is 75 minutes and 37 questions, have a goal of solving 7 questions every 15 minutes. Then set your timer to go off every 15 minutes, and check how many questions you have completed. If you see you're behind schedule, don't pause but rather keep going and update your goal - try and do the next section faster. If not possible, decide to go for less question and guess the last few.
Important note: If you see, after sufficient practice, that you don't have enough time to solve all question - revise your section goal. Decide to go for only 30 questions, say, and solve only 6 every 15 minutes. Get used to using this strategy, and use it on the GMAT test as well - checking yourself every 15 minutes and updating your goal.

If you do want to know how you perform timewise on a question-by-question basis, definitely don't do it manually. Rather, study with an online program (such as exampal) which keeps track of your performance for you.
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pacificnw wrote:
I have been working on my weakest section (Verbal: SC) and in last 1-2 months, I have improved my accuracy from 50% to almost 80%.
I am also doing okay when it comes to completing an individual question within 1.5 mins.

But on the practice tests, I don't know how to measure time and manage time all up. At times, it makes me anxious and I pay way too much attention on keeping tab on the clock.

Any techniques that I can use to reduce my anxienty and get the timing right?


Everyone gets nervous while taking the test under time pressure. There is no other ways but keep practicing more and more.

At the first time, no need to manage time too tight because you haven't been familiar with the pressure yet. For example, you could set target to finish each question under 2 minutes. After that, you could set a tighter target, for example, finish 7 questions in 15 minutes, and then 15 questions in 20 minutes, ...
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hey pacificnw,
What I'd suggest is this: plan a schedule for each section, dividing it into manageable chunks. For example, for the Quant, which is 75 minutes and 37 questions, have a goal of solving 7 questions every 15 minutes. Then set your timer to go off every 15 minutes, and check how many questions you have completed. If you see you're behind schedule, don't pause but rather keep going and update your goal - try and do the next section faster. If not possible, decide to go for less question and guess the last few.
Important note: If you see, after sufficient practice, that you don't have enough time to solve all question - revise your section goal. Decide to go for only 30 questions, say, and solve only 6 every 15 minutes. Get used to using this strategy, and use it on the GMAT test as well - checking yourself every 15 minutes and updating your goal.

If you do want to know how you perform timewise on a question-by-question basis, definitely don't do it manually. Rather, study with an online program (such as exampal) which keeps track of your performance for you.


I agree with this kind of 'chunking' for quant is better than anxiously looking at timer every couple of questions, but when I first tried it and took it too literally my score on GmatPrep dropped instantaneously. This was because I started to guess questions when I wasn't meeting deadlines and doing that from the very beginning when the questions are easy costs. Nevertheless having something to check your timing in the middle of the test is a good strategy.

Verbal is a different story though, the usual tip is just to get your SC right to save time but the real test gave me a lot of long meaning based SC which screwed up my timing. I'd really like to know how some people finish verbal before the time is up.
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New post 22 Mar 2017, 13:46
Thank you all.

Applied some of the suggestions and it definitely helped to lower the pressure.
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