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How far in advance do you need to decide test date?

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New post 08 Jun 2009, 11:13
I was just wondering what time frame you need to decide. I live in a major metropolitan area. Do you need to do it a month in advance? A week? Or what?

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I was just wondering what time frame you need to decide. I live in a major metropolitan area. Do you need to do it a month in advance? A week? Or what?



Valid question but it is impossible to have a reliable answer since several things come into play:
1) The test centers are used for various tests such as GMAT, GRE, LSAT, TOEFL, etc, so the availability of space depends on the volume of test takers across GMAT and other tests
2) The closer you are to the admissions deadlines, the harder it is to book appointments for that period. People are procrastinators and many want to wait till the last moment
3) Aspirations and employment status in a certain Metro area (e.g. Detroit vs. Seattle) and a total ratio of applicants vs. test centers.

Not sure if you know but the scheduling system allows you to go online and see appointment availability. That's the best way. You can regularly visit and check availability - that's really the best option. Alternatively, if you want to reschedule, it is a $50 fee unless you are only 2 weeks out - in that case, there is no refund/changes.

P.S. In my experience, you can usually find something a month out in any metro area. Less time is more challenging.
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New post 08 Jun 2009, 12:53
Thank you! I will check it out later on tonight.

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Really depending on the area. As BB mentioned, if other tests are available in the same test center, it knows to be really messy. If there is only TOEFL and GMAT it is much more relaxed, especially if there is not many b-school applicants from that area. In my city, one can schedule GMAT 2 or 3 days in advance (seriously) as long as he is sure TOEFL is not scheduled for that date.
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It also depends on when you want to take your test. I had to schedule mine more than a month out and there were a glut of 8 am time slots - very hard to find an afternoon slot. I really wanted an afternoon spot, but ended up altering my study plan to get on an am study schedule. Otherwise I would have had to schedule too far out and I was worried about over studying.
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I believe this is most difficult question for test prep to when exactly schedule the your exam. Sharing this article, which kind of logicall builds on When to book the appointment for the exam. When should i book an appointment for the GMAT Exam?

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