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04 Sep 2007, 07:36
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What is it like? For some reason I feel like it is going to be small with a fat marker. Any insight?

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04 Sep 2007, 07:58
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It's not a board but rather plastic sheets of paper.
You will get a marker sized and shaped like a pen. Nothing too unusual to make you uncomfortbale

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04 Sep 2007, 10:47
What happens if you run out of "plastic sheets"? Also, is it a fine point type of marker, or more like a highlighter :)?

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04 Sep 2007, 10:55
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raptr wrote:
What happens if you run out of "plastic sheets"? Also, is it a fine point type of marker, or more like a highlighter ?

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its a fine point marker. you can raise your hand and get a new set of sheets if needed.

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04 Sep 2007, 11:50
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I suggest you practice using scrap paper sparingly. You don't want to rely on the proctors to bring you a new pad. Their work ethic is not always consistent.

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04 Sep 2007, 12:45
I have been doing that. However, despite my GMAT instructor's advice, I never practiced with a fine points sharpie - always with a lead pencil.

However, it feels good to know that there is at least one aspect of this test where there are no limitations :))

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04 Sep 2007, 12:47
raptr wrote:
I have been doing that. However, despite my GMAT instructor's advice, I never practiced with a fine points sharpie - always with a led pencil.

However, it feels good to know that there is at least one aspect of this test where there are no limitations )

From this point foward, practice all your scrap paper stuff using a fine point marker. Get your hand a little dirty. Get used to it now.

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04 Sep 2007, 13:55
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I didn't even come close to using up the sheets, there is plenty. I don't really see the need to worry about practicing with a marker unless you are a lefty at which point you drag your hand across it smudging things.

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04 Sep 2007, 14:01
They gave me 10 pages with a fine tip pen. If you would use more than 10 pages then you are not following efficient methods to solve the problems

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04 Sep 2007, 14:26
[quote="dahcrap"]They gave me 10 pages with a fine tip pen. If you would use more than 10 pages then you are not following efficient methods to solve the problems[/quote]

10 pages/sheets should do. It is not the efficiency of solving the problems, it is more of a psychological thing. I, like many others, like to have more "open space" to write on. I think it positively affects my thought process:) Plus, I also need the pad for CR and RC.

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04 Sep 2007, 22:39
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riverripper wrote:
I didn't even come close to using up the sheets, there is plenty. I don't really see the need to worry about practicing with a marker unless you are a lefty at which point you drag your hand across it smudging things.

Well said. I'm a left and i faced the same issue. Just take care if you are left.y
Just one important point: Make sure that you keep your marker closed with the cap. It dires out pretty early and you can have some problems with the restart ..And yes, regarding scratch pad, dont worry you will have plenty of those...

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06 Sep 2007, 06:51
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Another thing to add: you're not allowed to erase anything! I had gotten into the habit during practice where I erased bad attempts or wrong numbers so that I wouldn't confuse myself. However, I was told at the testing center that you're not allowed to erase anything on the sheets.

And I agree with everyone who said that there are plenty of pages. The book that I had at my testing center consisted of 6 sheets of laminated, legal-size, yellow graph paper. I used it to jot down ideas for the AWA essays and then for the quant. section. I barely used 3 sheets (double-sided).

I must say that I was very relieved about the sheets and the quality of the pen (fine-point) since I had heard horror stories about people receiving what were basically dry erase boards of the kind that we used to hang on our dorm room doors and fat dry erase markers that were half dried up.

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06 Sep 2007, 10:40
So, it is possible (physically) to erase stuff from the sheets? Meaning, it is not a permanent marker.
If I ask for an extra marker or extra sheets in the beginning, will they give me?

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06 Sep 2007, 10:42
raptr wrote:
So, it is possible (physically) to erase stuff from the sheets? Meaning, it is not a permanent marker.
If I ask for an extra marker or extra sheets in the beginning, will they give me?

you can physically erase, but theres nothing to erase with but your fingers. they wont give you extras at the beginning. you have to trade used ones for new ones.

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07 Sep 2007, 01:02
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If you're left handed, work from the top left to the bottom left and then move progressively to the right side of the board. that way, you don't end up with smudged hands.
And when you practice, make sure you put paper management into the equation. That way, you don't have to sit around cursing while the proctor take his or her time replacing your set of white boards.

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08 Sep 2007, 08:49
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I saw a lot of posts on the scratch paper and pens provided at the test facility of and got a bit concerned about it.

However its not that bad and actually quite ok. Does get messy since the ink rubs off on your hands if you rest it on the pad. The pad is a limated sheet of grid paper. The pens are fine point marker pens, much like the the stradlers available in officemax or staples. They reuse the pens so make sure you test it out. You can take as many as you want and they will replace the pads if you raise your hand. Also earplugs, headphones and tissue papers were available at my test facility.

If youre really worried, I believe you can but replicas of the paper and pen on Amazon. A company also sells them as prep material called "Endless notes" http://www.gettingtogradschool.com/MBA-Business_School/GMAT-Study_Material.htm

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11 Sep 2007, 04:15
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It's interesting, I wasn't told that I wasn't allowed to erase anything. I smudged only a couple of times when I miswrote a number or something. The marker is similar to a vis-a-vis or any other overhead marker. It rubs off a little on your hand, but comes off easily with liquid .. well, given the circumstances, saliva. The sheets themselves surprised me a little bit because they're I think, pretty close to legal size (longer) pages. I ended up using the booklet horizontally. When I practiced, I always put the keyboard out of the way after the AWA and put my scratch paper in its place. I made sure to ask first, but they had no problem with me putting the keyboard up on the PC when I did my quant. section.

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11 Sep 2007, 04:33
entranced wrote:
It's interesting, I wasn't told that I wasn't allowed to erase anything. I smudged only a couple of times when I miswrote a number or something. The marker is similar to a vis-a-vis or any other overhead marker. It rubs off a little on your hand, but comes off easily with liquid .. well, given the circumstances, saliva. The sheets themselves surprised me a little bit because they're I think, pretty close to legal size (longer) pages. I ended up using the booklet horizontally. When I practiced, I always put the keyboard out of the way after the AWA and put my scratch paper in its place. I made sure to ask first, but they had no problem with me putting the keyboard up on the PC when I did my quant. section.

For me, the proctor hersefl put the kepboard away and made room for the scrathcpad after my AWA. That was bit of a surprise to me. Anyway people taking GMAT should stop worryiong about scratch pads and markers. I have seen few people who take this very seriously and get tensed up unnecessarily.

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11 Sep 2007, 06:50
I am one of those few people. And yes, you are right - the sheets and the marker are fine and there should be no issues with them.

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11 Sep 2007, 09:11
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Here's an idea I used for my Series 7 exam.

I wore a hoodie sweatshirt to the exam, and when I ran out of space on my sheets I simply wiped my shirt arm across it to erase. Presto! New sheet w/o waiting for those proctors to come around. Time is precious.

Just a thought...

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