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GMAT EVE: Visions of 800s Dancing Through Your Head

You went out and bought the books and then you studied. You took a GMAT prep course and you studied some more. You even went online and sought some additional math problems to practice. The test is tomorrow, what the heck is left to do!? In a word: RELAX!

Don't Study
You've been studying for weeks now and even if you just started yesterday, an all-night cram session just isn't going to work for a test like the GMAT. But assuming that you have been studying, you should feel confident that you're ready to roll. There's no need to do any last- minute data sufficiency questions or learn any other grammar rules for sentence corrections, and especially, don't dare take a full practice test. Do you think a marathoner would run 24 miles the day before a race? Today is the day to just zone out and relax.

Take a Drive to the Test Center
Wouldn't it suck if you got lost on your way to taking the GMAT…or you totally underestimated the time it takes to get there and you show up late? Well situations like those are highly preventable. When taking a high-stakes test, you definitely don't want to start out under any type of duress, so take a drive to the testing center the day before. You're going to want to make sure you know how to get there, see how long it takes (and make your dry run at the same time of day as when you plan on heading over tomorrow, because, obviously, traffic patterns differ throughout the day); and assess the parking situation. The whole process may seem like a tedious task, but honestly, it's worth it. If you've been working hard to prepare for the exam, the last thing you need is to show up on test day and start experiencing road rage over being unable to find a parking spot.

See a Movie
Ok, ok, you're stressed. Don't nervously pace at home the night before; go out for some light social activity like a movie or dinner. Staying at home worrying about this darn test is not going to help you out. Don't do anything too heavy though like downing numerous shots or staying out to 4 a.m. The bright glare of harsh florescent lighting and computer screens really doesn't mesh well with hangovers.

Ok, You can Review Some Notes
You're so tempted to do some math problems, aren't you? Well, don't. But if you really need to do at least something, just go over the basics. Anything that may cause frustration should be avoided.

Get a Good Night's Sleep If there's any night to get a good night's sleep, it's tonight. Shoot for a nice, full 8 hours.

Pack a Snack
Yeah, yeah, you ate breakfast, but believe me, you will get hungry again. Pack an energy or granola bar or anything else that you like to munch on. You get a little break between sections so this is the perfect time to reenergize with food.

Eat Breakfast
If you don't normally eat breakfast, eat some today. Experiencing hunger pains during this epic 3-hour exam really could prove distracting, plus breakfast has been proven to make the mind sharper throughout the day. You may also want to veer away from those high-sugar cereals and eat something with a little more bulk and protein. No, we're not advocating the Atkins diet here, but as you have most likely heard a million times, sugar will give you an energy rush with a quick drop off later on. And believe me, you don't want to have one of these drops while reading one of those boring reading comp. passages. So eat a good breakfast to stay alert!

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