GMAT 2020 SCRATCH PAPER IN GMAT EXAM
Preparing for GMAT requires the candidate to work on all the parts of it, one is setting up the Scratch Paper while taking the exam. The GMAT test takers are given a notepad and marker to take notes on during the GMAT. The GMAT scratch paper is five yellow grid double-sided pages that are laminated from both ends. The pages on the GMAT Scratch paper are about the size of those on a legal pad, however, significantly bigger than a typical sheet of paper. It looks like a cross between a dry erase board and a flip pad or sketchbook.
The candidate will get the GMAT scratch paper accompanied with a non-permanent wet-erase marker. The candidate cannot erase anything on the GMAT Scratch Paper, thus it is important to ensure that space is used wisely. However, if the candidate starts running out of the space to write then an additional scratch paper is provided as a replacement and there is no limitation set to this. However, it is highly recommended to write only what is directly useful since taking up notes will consume precious time during the GMAT examination.
The candidate should try to plan ahead so in case there is a little room on the scratchpad before a section of the GMAT ends, a replacement can be voiced. The best time to ask the proctor for a new scratchpad is between sections so that the candidate does not have to interrupt their thought process or waste time in between while attempting a section. While the booklet technically has 10 faces (front and back of 5 pages), the first page has a bunch of writing and instructions on it, so in practice, the candidate will have only 9 faces to write.
GMAT Analytical Writing Ability (Essay) - During the GMAT AWA section, the candidate would not need much of the scratch paper, as it is recommended to type the notes right onto the screen as the candidate reads the essay prompt. Thus, every time the candidate finds a flaw in the argument, it is better to type a note and when the candidate is done with the essay, there is a list of flaws from which the candidate can decide to keep and then further reorder them.
GMAT Integrated Reasoning (IR) – While attempting the GMAT Integrated Reasoning section, the candidate will use a lot of space on the GMAT Scratch Paper, but since there are just 12 question prompts, 9 sheets on a single GMAT Scratch Paper would suffice. However, organizing the paper would be the key, since most of the GMAT IR question types have two or three parts, and thus, spending about half a page per problem would keep the work discrete. Candidates can also draw a horizontal line halfway down the page to work in discrete space and keep the steps organized as well.
GMAT Quantitative Aptitude – Once the 8-minute break starts before the initiation of the GMAT Quantitative Aptitude section, the candidate can get a fresh booklet by turning in the old scratch paper. While there are occasional reports from various test takers that the test center proctors sometimes don’t want to give a fresh pad if the candidate has not used up the existing pad. However, as per the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the candidate is allowed to ask for a fresh pad even if the existing pad is not completely used up.
An expert has even suggested that the GMAT scratch paper organization method can help the candidate in keeping track of remaining questions, specifically for the GMAT Quantitative Aptitude section. The candidate can follow the below-mentioned guidelines for dividing the scratch paper into different parts:
Again, in the case of proctor not giving a separate Scratch paper, the candidate has every right to tell proctor that the GMAC has confirmed that the candidates are allowed to get a new scratch booklet even if it is not yet full.
GMAT Verbal Ability – For GMAT Verbal section, the candidate will require a new scratch paper as the GMAT Quantitative Aptitude will use up most if not all of the workable space and this could be done in the break time between the Quant and Verbal sections.
The GMAT aspirants who have been following the exam pattern seriously, would have an idea that the GMAT Verbal Ability section is the most annoying section of the four, since the average question time is different for each question type and the amount of what needed to write also varies by question type as the order in which questions will appear is not shared. Thus, there is no easy set up that is like that of the GMAT Quantitative Aptitude.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College
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