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You have more time than you think…

The math is pretty simple:

On the quantitative section of the GMAT, you have 75 minutes to complete 37 questions. That works out to almost exactly two minutes per question.

On the verbal section you have 75 minutes to answer 41 questions, so you have slightly less time per question at 1:50.

But for simplicity’s sake, let’s go with 2:00 per question on the GMAT, on average.

Now, one of the things that makes the GMAT challenging is answering questions within that time domain. On test day, you’re anxious. You see the clock ticking away and time sort of starts to speed up for you. A question that you otherwise would have been able to answer in well under 2:00 during a normal study session all of a sudden takes up all of that time, and more. Time seems to speed up, your brain seems to slow down, and panic sets in.

You think to yourself: How in the world am I going to answer all of these questions in under two minutes? There’s simply not enough time!

Ahhh, but there is. Two minutes is way more time than you may realize, as this simple exercise will demonstrate. Check it out:

So there you go! Proper perspective is a valuable thing when it comes to the GMAT. You have plenty of time, you just need to internalize that understanding. After doing this exercise, hopefully you have.

Now go out and dominate the GMAT!