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What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test


A collection of tips how to maximize your score and avoid score-dropping mistakes.
Keep in mind, these tips alone are not enough to give you a high GMAT score – you need to have a clear study plan, measurable results, and books or courses to study/review. This thread may add some points to your final score but most importantly, it is designed to prevent you from losing points. Some of these tips are more useful than others – feel free to skip around, and most importantly – we are all different; what works for others, may not work for you.


What to do at 30 days

  • Book your appointment or at least check availability in your area. Note that some seasons/areas are in high demand and may be booked out months in advance. This was the case with me and I had to take an overnight trip to take the GMAT.
  • At this time you should be within 60 points of your target score. E.g. if you are aiming for 700, you should be scoring 640 or above. If you are still 100 points below (unless you are taking an intensive course or intensive self study plan), you should seriously looking into 1) rescheduling; 2) finding the reason for being off-target
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14 days

  • Last day to reschedule the test without a penalty
  • You should have finished covering all of the material or your course work
  • If you have not already, this is a good time to start coming up with check-lists, items to memorize, and so on (some examples are here: Arithmetic to memorize; SC checklist by Whiplash)
  • At this point you should plan on taking 2 – 3 full length tests per week to polish your test-taking skills and stamina. Spend most of your time reviewing, refreshing, and doing test/mistake analysis to spot areas that need to be polished
  • Make sure you are familiar with the noteboard and how the marker works on the GMAT. You can get a set from here: http://www.amazon.com/Manhattan-GMAT-Si ... r-mr-title
  • You should be within 40 points of your target score; if you are more than 80, you need to reschedule


7 days

  • Point of no return – if you cancel after today, you will NOT get any credit and your test fee will be wasted. There are very few reasons why you should reschedule your test after this point in time.


3 days

  • Familiarize yourself with the environment – video and list of rules/prohibited items (very important – you don’t want to visit your locker during the break and pull out notes/phone/etc). Your test will be canceled as the result.
  • Consider a visit if that’s a part of town you never visited – find a good place to celebrate afterwards – you deserve it regardless of the score (and you will be starved at the end). Spot a starbucks if you need it before the test center
Superficial Things:
  • Food for the test center – there is a whole discussion on this as well but the bottom line is – play safe and use familiar snacks. Don’t drink energy drinks if you usually don’t drink them.


1 Days (24 hours before the test)

  • If possible, the last day before the test, should be a copy of your test day experience (wake up at the same time you would for the test, eat what you would, wear the same clothes, etc).
  • Take the test at the same time as your appointment – try to take a GMAT prep if you have one left. If not, take whatever test is available. Make sure it is a full IR/AWA drill with breaks/etc.
  • After you finish, do a brief review (don’t agonize too much) and have a healthy meal. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and doing something that would be relaxing for you and keep your mind off the test.
  • It is OK to bring a few flashcards for the last set of concepts/check lists/etc for the test and glance at them/study as you go around your day but no heavy studying should be done now. For one it is too late, and two, you have a risk of not performing at the peak on the day of.
  • Athletes train and force their bodies to adapt to the training schedule and their bodies start expecting to provide a certain level of output. Then before the competition, they take it easier for a day or two to get the most of mental and physical output when it counts. Make sure the test day is your best day, not your recovery day. If you run or exercise in the mornings, don’t do the double-doze even though you may feel absolutely up for it. It will wipe you out.


The BIG Day:

  • Do not arrive super early – mistake many make (more than an hour in advance (half an hour is the best to give you time for unpredictable) – you won’t be able to take the test earlier and will only spend time waiting and stressing out. If your appointment is in the morning, you will have more time to sleep and rest.
  • Do not stress out if you have not been able to fall asleep at the time like you usually do. It is a big day and most people get less sleep. Do not stress out about that. Everyone does it. That’s why it is helpful to schedule a test at least 30 days before the deadline so you can retake if you need to (not that you should plan on retaking but this should take some stress away). If you are a procrastinator and know that you won’t be motivated enough if you have a secondary date then you may want to use an opposite strategy.
  • Don't screw up - know the rules! 8-things-not-to-do-at-the-test-center-120625.html
  • Good luck!


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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 08 May 2013, 22:39
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From a personal experience of throwing $250 down the drain - Check and recheck how you have spelled your name while applying.. Make sure it matches with that on your passport.. People tend to think "It's my name after all, how could I go wrong with that".. I myself have a name which is often spelled differently by different people - Mohamed, Mohammed, Muhamed, Muhammed.. So I am quite careful about that... But especially for people from Tamil Nadu, India testing at the Chennai facility (apparently this happens very often over here).. We do not typically have surnames.. The passport usually carries ALL of your given names as the first name and ALL of your father's given name as the last name... Make sure this matches up...

@BB : I'm having trouble with the quick reply window.. It keeps scrolling up automatically.. So most of these last few sentences, I am typing blind.. Is this a general issue or is it just me?
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 08:32
On the big day, it is better not to eat carbohydrates which make people sluggish.

About arriving early, it is always better to keep enough time in hand for the cities with much traffic congestion and with just one or very few test centers (statement from experience).
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 10:35
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Good post, but I disagree with some of the things.
  • First, I would setup the appointment right before you start studying. That way you have a set date. If you need 3 months of studying and setup the appointment 30 days from the big day, you won't be as motivated those first two months, and not as much studying will get done. I know I wasn't the first time I took it. Then the second time, I setup the appointment way in advance and passed.
  • 1 Day before test - should be spent not thinking about the test at all. Wake up and do whatever you want. This way you're not cramming or freaking out at the last minute. That stuff can surface at test time..

I think the last 7 days should be spent doing a practice test for day, if possible. Even if you're re-doing one.

Good luck to all that are taking it soon :)
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 09 May 2013, 13:42
Hi bb,

nice post! is there no penalty at all if theres rescheduling when we have >14 days to go??
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 10 May 2013, 21:40
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nice post! is there no penalty at all if theres rescheduling when we have >14 days to go??



Yes. there is a $50 rescheduling fee if you are more than 7 days away from the test: http://www.mba.com/the-gmat/schedule-a- ... tment.aspx

If you reschedule less than 7 days out, you lose the entire $250 :shock:
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 11 May 2013, 02:45
Personally I would not advise taking a GMATprep the day before your exam. If you don't do as well as expected that might really affect your confidence. I prefer to just relax and watch films. This way it takes my mind off the exam and keeps me relaxed.
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 12 May 2013, 05:17
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Do not arrive super early – mistake many make (more than an hour in advance (half an hour is the best to give you time for unpredictable) – you won’t be able to take the test earlier and will only spend time waiting and stressing out. If your appointment is in the morning, you will have more time to sleep and rest.


This is not necessarily accurate. First time I went 30 mins earlier and they got me started right away. Next attempt I went an hour earlier and again I accepted the offer to get started right away. It seemed to me that as long they have a terminal free, they'll set you up.

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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 13 May 2013, 23:27
Thanks BB, exactly what i was looking for :)
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2013, 11:02
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Clarification on cancellation vs. rescheduling:

1. You can reschedule as long as you are more than 7 days out for a $50 fee (7 or more days before the test), otherwise, you lose all
2. You can cancel and get a refund of $80 as long as you are more than 7 days out (7 or more days before the test), otherwise, you lose all.
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2014, 21:01
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 17 May 2014, 03:57
I always used to sleep I won’t prepare at last night. I just go whatever it will be.
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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 17 May 2014, 12:20
Hi,

I am new here and plan to begin my GMAT prep. I mean to join a college in 2015 and hence want to know the latest (and the safest date) around which I can take the GMAT so that I may not miss any application deadline to any of the college.

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Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] New post 28 May 2014, 10:56
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