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GMAT Tip of the Week for the week of November 12, 2012

This week’s GMAT tip* concerns GMAT time management, and specifically how to prepare your scratch paper on test day to maximize efficiency, save time, and help you to avoid stupid mistakes. To learn exactly how you should prepare your GMAT scratch paper, watch this short video:

GMAT Tip of the Week: One of the easiest ways to save time and ensure that you don’t make stupid mistakes like choosing an answer that you’d already “mentally” realized was incorrect is to prepare your scratch paper correctly. Specifically, a good GMAT strategy is to write a few mock answer keys at the top of each of your pieces of scratch paper. Three or four per page should be enough. Take a few minutes before starting the test, and also use your 5-minute breaks, to do this.

The benefit of this GMAT strategy is that as you’re working each problem, you can physically cross off wrong answer choices on your scratch paper as you make those determinations. That way, visually, you won’t be tempted to choose an answer that you’ve already eliminated. This is especially important on GMAT Data Sufficiency questions, but it’s a habit that you want to get into on all question types. You’ll always be able to eliminate at least a couple of clearly wrong answers on each question, and crossing them off on your scratch paper is a useful habit to get into.

* Each week, one of the GMAT experts at Dominate the GMAT shares a valuable GMAT test-taking tip, strategy, trick, or content item. These tips are designed to augment your GMAT study program and provide you with additional information that will help you improve your GMAT score.