Many of you know about the replacement of the scratch paper with the laminated yellow legal size boards. I remember encountering them when I took my GMAT, it took me awhile getting used to. In fact, I don't think I ever got fully comfortable with them. I think most people would have similiar opinions. Although, I was annoyed, I've received comments from people who say that the use of the yellow pads truly impacted their GMAT score in a negative way. There is a pretty significant thread at GMATClub.com of very upset people who hated the pads.
Well, I doubt the yellow pads will go away. If you're going to take the GMAT, you just have to learn to be comfortable with them as fast as possible.
Recently, I was updated on a company that has come up with a solution. They are offering exact replicas of the yellow laminated pads along with the exact same pen you use when taking the GMAT.
The test To test the quality of the pad, I requested a set to be sent to me. THESE ARE EXACTLY what you'll get during the GMAT. I was pretty impressed. I was grinning even more as I opened the package because they include the exact same pen that you get during the GMAT too. As much as the scratchpad may be a problem for some, I think the pen is equally problematic.
The problem with the yellow scratchpads is that you tend to write a lot less and take less notes during the exam. Most people would agree with this. My reading comprehension and critical reasoning strategies depend on writing some notes/outlines as I go along to keep the structure of the passages clear in my head. I can see how using these pads during practice time could have improved my comfort with bringing my notes back into the picture after getting more comfortable with using the yellow laminated pads.
Recommendation: When doing diagnostic or mock GMAT exams in prep for the real thing, it's always ideal to mimic the actual conditions as much as possible. For many, it's important to have a computer based exam that has the feel of the real thing. The use of this yellow scratchpad from testdayscratch.com is a great tool to have as well. Certainly, there will be people that don't really need to have a tool like this. It's hard to say. But, if you're especially concerned about the GMAT scratchpad's impacting you too much or if you desire to mimic the real test conditions as much as possible, then you should consider ordering this product. To check them out, go here