Graph side of Scratch pad

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Graph side of Scratch pad

by goelmohit2002 » Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:36 am
Hi All,

Can someone please tell for what good reason graph side of the scratch side is there....

basically till date with my practice with GMAT questions, I have never felt the need to have a graph paper or to have square boxes....

Can someone please tell is there any thing that I am missing...or there are some typical scenarios where this graph side is used....which probably by bad luck I have never encountered.


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by 4seasoncentre » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:30 pm
I believe all sides are graphed but they are a soft watermark so you can go ahead and write right over them and forget they are there.

In some cases they can be useful. For instance, people often like to create a chart with possible answers ABCDE as rows, and question numbers as columns. When you eliminate possibly answers you put an X. But I found the lines so soft I just drew my own gridlines.

Also some questions may require you to draw an X and Y axis.

Personally I don't think I used the lines once when I wrote the test.

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by goelmohit2002 » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:06 pm

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by shanrizvi » Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:31 am
ok i have a few silly questions about the eraseboard. how big is it? is it the size of a writing pad or is it big? can you put it on your lap or the table? what is the size of the marker they give? is it easy to use? i am slightly nervous i've practiced with a writing pad and a pencil. how easy is it to erase on the board? can you get two boards?

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by myohmy » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:07 pm
I believe the board is 8x14 - bigger than a typical sheet of paper, but certainly manageable. It looked about legal-sized to me. You get five 8x14 pages in your booklet.

You can put it on your lap or the table -- I had it resting against the table during my test. I don't think they care much where you put it as long as you're staying within your cubicle area.

The marker is a thin-tipped whiteboard marker -- thicker than a pen, but thinner than you would use to write on the board at school. I didn't need practice with it. You can erase a little (smudge out things) but it's time consuming and you aren't given an eraser. It's better to write it over if you make a mistake.

Whether you can get two boards depends on the testing center -- I wasn't allowed to but there are some people here who have. If you run out of space, you can just raise your hand and ask for another board. I would recommend doing this once you start your last page (ie, the tenth) -- just raise your hand, ask for a new one, and continue working on the old one while they bring it to you, so you don't waste time. They will take your old one away though, so don't put anything you'll need to transfer over on there.

Good luck on your test!