While all GRE/GMAT takers fall back on almost each and every strategy advocated by experts for preparation, they need to focus on two very important non-academic tips that have the power to influence much of one’s performance – Maintaining Their Concentration Level and Answering The First Few Questions Correctly.
Let us find out how these can be the determining factors, and how one should safeguard from their pitfalls.
WHY CONCENTRATION LEVEL IS SO IMPORTANT?
A very high degree of concentration at the time of writing the test is of absolutely important for you to maximize your scoring potential because of:-
DIFFERENCE IN EVALUATION PATTERN
In tests where you are evaluated on knowledge alone, your stressed frame of mind at the examination hall does not make much of a difference in your results. This is because it is your memory that plays a bigger role than your instant thinking abilities. Even in a fatigued state of mind you can comfortably encounter different questions. But GRE & GMAT are primarily tests of reasoning and mind power where one needs the knowledge of Mathematics and English. Hence, the higher the alertness of mind, the better stands the prospects.
THE TIME FACTOR
Time is another aspect. One does not have the liberty to go through anything more than once, and needs to analyze and deduce things very fast. Hence a slight lack of attentiveness can eat up much of your extremely valuable time.
THE ETS TRAP
And ETS deliberately traps students with extremely enticing options in answer choices. Thus in order to beat the ETS ploy, one has to remain extremely alert and vigilant and tread with extreme caution. Moreover, the Reading Comprehension passages are mostly on uncommon subjects and are likely to distract one’s concentration leading to time loss and overall poor performance at the test.
We suggest some ways to ensure that your concentration is at its peak at the time of the examination.
WHAT SHOULD BE THE FRAME OF MIND?
The examinee needs to be in absolute calm and freshness of mind. You should not stretch yourself the previous day, and come to the test centre with a good previous night’s sleep. Any feeling of drowsiness or tiredness would turn out to be the cause of your undoing, as it would prevent your mind from being alert.
WHICH DAY TO CHOOSE?
You can book for the test any day from Monday to Friday. We suggest you take it on a Monday, if Sunday happens to be your weekly off. This would ensure you go to the test hall with all your energy and mental vigour. Any other day would mean you reach there with a partially or may be fully fatigued mindset.
WHICH SHIFT TO CHOOSE?
You can opt either for a morning or evening shift. We suggest you go for the morning session. This is because much of the freshness of the mind is gone by the time it is afternoon.