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I'm planning on taking my GMAT in about 3 weeks time. However, the date I want to write the exam has only an evening slot. I just wanted to know if anybody has experienced a stark difference in taking the exam in the evening, rather than in the morning. I would ideally like to keep my brain as fresh as possible for the exam and all the mocks which I have taken so far have been around noon time. I know this questions sounds a bit silly but would appreciate if anyone could weigh in on this.
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Hi nithinjohn,

From our own experience taking the GMAT and speaking to our students, we think the exam time slot matters a lot, especially if you are a kind of person who doesn’t perform as well in the evening. Also, if you work all day, we don’t recommend you to take the exam later in the evening. The GMAT requires you to think hard and clear! This means you need to stay really focused during the exam. Please keep this in mind when you are making your decision! Hope you make a choice that would work out for the best for you!!

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I'm exactly one data point but my first GMAT test appointment was a 4pm one if I remember right (like an idiot I made 7 or 7:30pm dinner plans and was feeling a little nervous about potentially running late...*that* was on my mind during the test which in a way wasn't terrible because it at least gave me something trivial to be stressed about instead of test anxiety).

A couple tips if you're going that route:

-Don't work all day. A half-day might not be a terrible idea just so that you get yourself up and moving and aren't dwelling on the test all day, but don't work all day.

-DO NOT study all day, or overall dwell on the test all day. The worst thing you can do is just let the test hang over your head all day because then it becomes this momentous, all-consuming thing. So definitely get your brain moving in the morning since "all day" is a long time to ignore/avoid the test and you'll want to get your head right. But find something to do in the early afternoon that's non-test related. Exercise (but not way more than you normally would...you don't want leg cramps mid-quant-section), take a nap, go for a walk, do a 90-minute Netflix binge. Your biggest negatives will be either the exhaustion of studying all day or the nervousness of just thinking about it, so plan for an hour or two of letting your brain relax with something else you enjoy, or with something that lets your subconscious do the lifting (if you're going for a run and your brain kind of works through your strategies, that's great...if you're sitting at a desk all day looking at flash cards, that's probably not great).

-REMEMBER that peak performance can happen in the evening! Nearly every major sporting event takes place at night (Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Olympic 100 meters) and the champion has dealt with that stress of all day leading up to the main event. So it's not insurmountable. So much of test day psychology is mind over matter if you dread the idea of an evening test because you think it sets you up for failure, you're going to do poorly. If you hype yourself up with "Prime Time / Friday Night Lights" kind of mindset, you'll do better. See the positive in it.

If it were me I'd 1) do some review in the morning; 2) go for a run or walk in the late morning / early afternoon and just kind of let my mind wander...I'll think about the test but mainly with my subconscious which should just kind of center me on my best practices, the big mistakes I want to avoid, etc. 3) lay down and try to take a nap with the TV or music on (and several alarms set in case I fall deep asleep so I don't miss my test...but that's not likely going to be a problem), and 4) walk into the test center confident telling myself "all championships are won in prime time, and this one will be, too"
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nithinjohn wrote:
Hi guys,

I'm planning on taking my GMAT in about 3 weeks time. However, the date I want to write the exam has only an evening slot. I just wanted to know if anybody has experienced a stark difference in taking the exam in the evening, rather than in the morning. I would ideally like to keep my brain as fresh as possible for the exam and all the mocks which I have taken so far have been around noon time. I know this questions sounds a bit silly but would appreciate if anyone could weigh in on this.
I'm not sure if there is any science to back this up, but I prefer morning slots. Then again, there are people who feel that other time slots are better (some would even prefer very late night or very early morning slots if they were available!), so I guess it comes down to what you are comfortable with. If you do choose the evening slot, make sure that all your practice tests from now on are at the same time as your actual exam.
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Thanks guys for all your valuable inputs. VeritasPrepBrian your advice has really pumped me up. I have booked my exam 3 weeks for now and I have managed to pick up an afternoon slot. Let's hope everything works out and I ace this bad boy! :)
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nithinjohn wrote:
Thanks guys for all your valuable inputs. VeritasPrepBrian your advice has really pumped me up. I have booked my exam 3 weeks for now and I have managed to pick up an afternoon slot. Let's hope everything works out and I ace this bad boy! :)


Awesome - big couple weeks coming up! I like where your mental game is at right now, so here's hoping all the test skills/strategy come together and we see you in the forums shortly asking for advice on which scholarship offer to accept... In the meantime, fire away with any and all questions!
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Hi nithinjohn,

You ask a great question; however, there is no black/white answer. Since all students are different, some students may perform better later in the day and others earlier in the day. Since you are unsure whether taking a late-day GMAT will affect your performance, you should take a practice GMAT (under timed conditions) at the proposed time of your actual GMAT to see how you perform.

Once you take that test, please report back here, and I can provide some further advice on how to proceed.
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