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Tips to reduce GMAT anxiety
10/9/2008


No matter how good you are, how much effort you have put into studying for the GMAT, or how confident you think you are, GMAT anxiety may grip you. And grip you hard - to the point that it can paralyze you on the day of the test.

For some of you, this anxiety may be mild - it could mean you will not be able to perform at your peak. For a few others, this can be crippling. You may be so stressed out that you may not get a good night's sleep before the test. Or worse still, you may forget the basic tenet of the GMAT: You absolutely need to answer every question. If you leave unanswered question, it is tantamount to self-immolation. If you cannot answer a question, take the best guess, and move on.

GMAT anxiety can be broadly categorized into:

  • Pre-exam anxiety

  • Test-day anxiety

  • Post-GMAT anxiety


You can take specific steps to fight pre-exam anxiety. Here are some tips:
  • Make study schedule, and stick to it. If you are a working professional, make the best use of your weekends. If you can, avoid studying more than 4 hours on any one day for the test.

  • Get a pal who can motivate you. Hopefully this pal will know that the GMAT can easily be tamed, and that the GMAT is only a means to an end. When you are down and are feeling low, the pal should shake you up and remind you that the GMAT is easier than you might think.

  • Become your own cheerleader. Believe in yourself. Believe that you can conquer the GMAT.

  • Do not get too bogged down by the dizzying number of books and test prep tools out there. They are again a means to an end - to aid you to do well on the test.

  • Always have a positive attitude. You have made a smart decision to get an MBA. That itself should get you thinking positively. There is nothing in the GMAT that you will not be able to tackle – all it needs is work, practice, and perseverance.
 
 










 
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