When it comes time to sit for your GMAT test, you want to be as ready as possible. This means preparing fully for every section of the exam and learning about the question formats in each section. A number of resources are available for prospective test-takers who want to learn about the exam structure and try some practice questions. Once the real GMAT test has begun, however, you need to take a careful and thoughtful approach to each question. To begin with, make sure to read all the test directions thoroughly. In some cases, as for instance in the data-sufficiency questions in the Quantitative Reasoning section, the information required may not be self-evident.

The computer program by which the GMAT test is administered allows you to review the directions at any time. Do not be shy to use this feature if you feel confused. As you work through the problems in each section, try to strike a balance between diligence and speed. You should have plenty of time to answer every question in every section, so long as you do not become bogged down in checking and rechecking your work. A great way to develop your sense of timing is to take a practice GMAT test under time limitations that reflect the real exam. On the Quantitative Reasoning questions, you should be able to check your work quickly and move on to the next question. Many Verbal Reasoning questions will not require any proofreading or rechecking. Simply enter your answer and move on to the next question. Above all, try to remain calm as you work through the GMAT test. This is easy to do if you prepare fully and are rested on the day of the exam.

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