Sometimes little things go a long way.Â Here are a few random tips that Iâ€™ve learned from my GMATÂ prep thus far:
Donâ€™t use â€œSâ€, â€œZâ€, or lower case â€œLâ€ as variables during algebraic math problems â€“ I donâ€™t know about you, but sometimes my Sâ€™s and Zâ€™s look like 5â€™s and 2â€™s.Â Iâ€™ve actually made a couple of mistakes based on using these variables.Â A lower case â€œLâ€ obviously looks like a â€œ1â€, so just make sure to capitalize it if you use it.
Put your cap back on your pen when youâ€™re done using it â€“ this usually isnâ€™t a problem for me on the Math section, since Iâ€™m using it almost the whole time, but on Verbal I have a tendency to think about a question with my pen cap off.Â This was a little unnerving on one of my practice tests when my pen started to run out of ink towards the end.Â Lesson here: conserve ink to save yourself theÂ trouble of having to ask one of the administrators for a new pen.
Bring Snacks to the Testing Center â€“ Even if you donâ€™t feel like eating during the test, it canâ€™t hurt to at least have the option.Â Some good options are beef jerky if you get really hungry during a test or a protein bar if you need energy.Â Donâ€™t drink too much water because it may affect your bladder if you get nervous on the test.
Do you have any other quick tips for GMAT takers?