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Hello Everyone!

A month ago i wrote veritas CAT and scored 590 (Q44, V26). Today i wrote Gmatprep CAT and scored 580 (Q47, V23). :(
After thoroughly analyzing and reviewing all the questions in the Gmatprep CAT, I found that i am unable to solve most of the questions in verbal due to time pressure and unstable state of mind. During mock test I just could understand most of the questions and rushed through every question in verbal. I feel like i am totally blank while attempting CAT. During exam i don't feel relaxed and my heart beat run fast. I try to stay stable and try to concentrate on question but i can't. Everything on the screen gets blurry and i can't focus on questions and end up marking most of the question incorrect. However, whenever i solve questions from OG, most of the times i solve them correctly even high difficulty level questions and on most very hard questions i can easily end up on 2 answers to select. But in CAT situation gets totally different. I think just because of timing issue and unstable state of mind, i end up scoring very low in verbal. I know i understood almost all the concepts but i can't manage to solve within time limit. Even whenever i solve OG problems i take too much time while solving most of CR and SC questions. Today i am feeling very down just because of scoring very low in verbal as i have been preparing for this section for last few months and i know i have improved my concepts but don't know why i am still not able to boost my score in verbal.

I would highly appreciate if anyone could help me in this regard that how to tackle verbal in limited time constraint while keeping nerves in control during exam and what else can i do to increase my verbal score?

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Hello Everyone!

A month ago i wrote veritas CAT and scored 590 (Q44, V26). Today i wrote Gmatprep CAT and scored 580 (Q47, V23). :(
After thoroughly analyzing and reviewing all the questions in the Gmatprep CAT, I found that i am unable to solve most of the questions in verbal due to time pressure and unstable state of mind. During mock test I just could understand most of the questions and rushed through every question in verbal. I feel like i am totally blank while attempting CAT. During exam i don't feel relaxed and my heart beat run fast. I try to stay stable and try to concentrate on question but i can't. Everything on the screen gets blurry and i can't focus on questions and end up marking most of the question incorrect. However, whenever i solve questions from OG, most of the times i solve them correctly even high difficulty level questions and on most very hard questions i can easily end up on 2 answers to select. But in CAT situation gets totally different. I think just because of timing issue and unstable state of mind, i end up scoring very low in verbal. I know i understood almost all the concepts but i can't manage to solve within time limit. Even whenever i solve OG problems i take too much time while solving most of CR and SC questions. Today i am feeling very down just because of scoring very low in verbal as i have been preparing for this section for last few months and i know i have improved my concepts but don't know why i am still not able to boost my score in verbal.

I would highly appreciate if anyone could help me in this regard that how to tackle verbal in limited time constraint while keeping nerves in control during exam and what else can i do to increase my verbal score?

Thank You!
Regards.
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I would suggest to solve chunks of questions from the OG in a timed manner. In this way, you can work questions in a time limitation.
Regarding timing strategies, the following post will help you:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/timing-strat ... 06035.html
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Hi HasnainAfxal,

There are many reasons for exam anxiety. One of them is because the student does not have a set process to solve questions. Because of this the student does not know where to begin and in timed environment this causes a lot of stress and pressure. Do you relate to this situation? Do you have a set process to approach the different kind of questions in GMAT?

If you think this could be the cause, I invite you to try the e-GMAT Free Trial. We have proprietary process for students to follow in each section that allows them to arrive at the correct answer consistently by following the process. I am sharing a few files below, more of these are available in the Free Trial dashboard.

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Hi HasnainAfxal,

As I’m sure you’ve read here on GMAT Club, MANY students suffer from nerves and anxiety when taking the GMAT. To help manage your nerves, you could try some visualization techniques. Imagine various test-day scenarios such as getting stuck on a question, issues in the testing center, feeling pressed for time, or worrying that you’re underperforming. As you feel your stress responses start to kick in when thinking about these things, practice pulling yourself together and visualize focusing on getting correct answers.

When taking the GMAT, the best way to deal with stress is to get busy answering the question in front of you, focusing completely on the task at hand so that you redirect all of that nervous energy and naturally calm down. In other words, you distract yourself with a goal. Just tell yourself that all that matters is getting the correct answer to the question in front of you, and then when you have finished that question, take the same attitude toward the next one. Focus on winning each “mini-battle” and you won't have time for anxiety. If you can win enough of those battles, you can win the GMAT war, right?

You also have to consider that your issue is related to an overall lack of verbal knowledge. After all, if you knew GMAT verbal like the back of your hand, you would have supreme confidence when answering questions and thus be able to keep your nerves at bay, right? So, although you do not have much time until your GMAT, you really need to ensure that you have a solid grasp of the foundations of GMAT verbal. To improve your verbal skills, you need to follow a linear study plan that allows you to start with the foundations and move to more advanced topics, thereby allowing you to methodically fill in gaps in your knowledge and improve your skills.
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