# Random GMAT Tips: Focus on the Minutiae

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?

### 2 thoughts on “Random GMAT Tips: Focus on the Minutiae”

1. Very nice tips..:)

2. Good post about GMAT it is very useful for students