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Tips on stamina? (GRE)

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Hey everyone. I'm taking the GRE in mid September. I'm doing fine with studying the material and getting practice problems right. Even so, when I take practice tests, I don't have the stamina to perform  adequately on the test. On the last test I took I was so burned out by the time I got to the last section that I just didn't have the energy to accurately do the math. If the test was only 2 hours, then I think I'd be okay. I just can't keep my energy up for the full length of the exam. Do any of you have any tips on how to increase stamina to help with success on the test?

I plan on taking at least one practice test a weekend leading up to the test, so hopefully that helps. 

 

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Hi philopsych,

I'm not sure if this is the same as what you experience but for me I tend to lose focus as I get to the latter parts of the GRE. What helped for me was to take full advantage of the break times. I'm not sure if you're including the break times when you take your practice test but it is absolutely helpful to take the time to do a mental reset! For me, I would take a short walk around the room, drink some water, eat some snacks and do some stretches. I did see other students bring face wipes or little bottles of aroma that they would use to refresh themselves during the break time.

If your stamina problem persists, it may be advantageous to pause briefly in some of the sections. Maybe for only 30 seconds or a minute. Obviously we don't want to take a lot of time away from your other sections, but it may help your overall performance.

Probably best to experiment with different methods while you take your practice tests so by the time you take your real test you have an idea of what works for you.

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