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# What time to take the test?

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07 Feb 2011, 09:09
I have scheduled my GMAT test for march 26, 12 noon. It did not strike me to think about the time of the test all this time but now that the day is approaching, I see myself worrying because 12 noon is 'not a great time' according to me. I took the GMAT last year in Sept and had the 8 AM slot. This slot does not work for me either,too early! I remember waking up at 5 AM to get ready and reach the test centre by 730 AM. I wanted to avoid this and the only other slot that I saw was 26 march 12noon. Instantly I had booked this one. I can generally concentrate between 10 AM and 12 noon and around 130-2 PM onward. Clearly, 12 noon is not for me.
What can I do? I don't want the 8 AM slot either. My city has only 2 slots generally,8 AM and 4 PM.this 12 slot was something that I found out just by chance....Should I train my mind to start working at 12 noon ? Any other alternatives?

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07 Feb 2011, 09:22
Well, if 8am doesn't work, and noon doesn't work, then that only leaves one option right?

Or you could try to figure out why the 12pm-1:30pm gap is bad for you. Are you saying you could sleep til 10am the morning of the test and still hit a wall when the test starts at noon?
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07 Feb 2011, 09:31
I never sleep beyond 8 AM, so that's not a problem but the problem is I Start feeling hungry around,12 PM, that time So I need to serve myself lunch around that time and then my mind 'shuts off' for some time after lunch... May be changing my daily schedule wil help?
8 am is definitely out of question for me, I'm not even fully awake by then...

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07 Feb 2011, 09:34
you still have quite a bit of time until march.
i would try to do full-length practice exams starting at 12 leading up to the test
this should help train your mind

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Well, nutrition is a bit beyond the scope of this board, but if you can't go more than 5 hours without eating then you're probably riding blood sugar/insulin spikes and crashes throughout the day, which would explain your mind shutting down at random times due to low blood glucose levels.

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07 Feb 2011, 14:39
ibbys wrote:
you still have quite a bit of time until march.
i would try to do full-length practice exams starting at 12 leading up to the test
this should help train your mind

I think this is my only bet

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07 Feb 2011, 14:44
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Well, nutrition is a bit beyond the scope of this board, but if you can't go more than 5 hours without eating then you're probably riding blood sugar/insulin spikes and crashes throughout the day, which would explain your mind shutting down at random times due to low blood glucose levels.

PM me if you want more of an explanation.

nutrition,hmmmm

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07 Feb 2011, 15:23
no good time to take the GMAT! you just get up and do it... it's never gonna be first thing on your list of great things to do with your day.

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07 Feb 2011, 17:03
Does anybody have any data on the average score of each time slot? THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AS I DON'T WANT TO PICK THE WRONG TIME SLOT AND MAKE A 370 OR SOMETHING.

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07 Feb 2011, 19:56
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Does anybody have any data on the average score of each time slot? THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AS I DON'T WANT TO PICK THE WRONG TIME SLOT AND MAKE A 370 OR SOMETHING.

I'm sure there is data on this, but what makes you think this may apply to you? I mean just because the average score after 4pm is around the high 600's doesn't necessary mean you'll have a higher chance of getting a high 600 score. Just my opinion. And I'm sure if you're taking the GMAT you have already been through school, know your study habits, and whether you are a morning or evening person. I would use that experience to schedule my test time.

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07 Feb 2011, 21:20
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southernstunna wrote:
Does anybody have any data on the average score of each time slot? THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AS I DON'T WANT TO PICK THE WRONG TIME SLOT AND MAKE A 370 OR SOMETHING.

I'm sure there is data on this, but what makes you think this may apply to you? I mean just because the average score after 4pm is around the high 600's doesn't necessary mean you'll have a higher chance of getting a high 600 score. Just my opinion. And I'm sure if you're taking the GMAT you have already been through school, know your study habits, and whether you are a morning or evening person. I would use that experience to schedule my test time.

ha I am kidding brah...obviously this is completely ludicrous. It does not matter when you take the test. Get up a few hours before, chug a pot of coffee and go take the thing. Who cares if you get the 8AM slot or the noon slot.

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08 Feb 2011, 14:06
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it's never gonna be first thing on your list of great things to do with your day.
LOL I agree

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08 Feb 2011, 14:08
southernstunna wrote:
AMUSE wrote:
southernstunna wrote:
Does anybody have any data on the average score of each time slot? THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT, AS I DON'T WANT TO PICK THE WRONG TIME SLOT AND MAKE A 370 OR SOMETHING.

I'm sure there is data on this, but what makes you think this may apply to you? I mean just because the average score after 4pm is around the high 600's doesn't necessary mean you'll have a higher chance of getting a high 600 score. Just my opinion. And I'm sure if you're taking the GMAT you have already been through school, know your study habits, and whether you are a morning or evening person. I would use that experience to schedule my test time.

ha I am kidding brah...obviously this is completely ludicrous. It does not matter when you take the test. Get up a few hours before, chug a pot of coffee and go take the thing. Who cares if you get the 8AM slot or the noon slot.

southernstunna,I was actually really worried about test time especially if it was the early morning time slots. That slot did affect my score by may be 10-20 points, although I cannot really blame it for my terrible performance on my last GMAT. So,wanted to get all the 'small things in place' and have only my strategies to blame if I underperform this time too

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southernstunna,I was actually really worried about test time especially if it was the early morning time slots. That slot did affect my score by may be 10-20 points, although I cannot really blame it for my terrible performance on my last GMAT. So,wanted to get all the 'small things in place' and have only my strategies to blame if I underperform this time too

For most people, one or the other slot works best. I would not go for the evening slot if possible since I would feel the pressure of an important test throughout the day. Early morning would be painful since I would have to wake up very early. So if someone were to ask which slot is most appropriate in my opinion, I would say 12 noon too... Though if you did not have an option, you would not think about it and just focus on the test. I suggest you do just that. I believe that in the actual scheme of things, the slot doesn't matter. If you take an exam at the time you feel works best for you, it's just a psychological advantage for your frayed nerves.

Though, keeping hunger at bay is important. You wouldn't feel it in the beginning of the test but in the later part, you will be exhausted and then you may start losing patience if you are hungry too. My suggestion would be to take a decent breakfast around 9 and then a light snack before your test. Carry a light snack to munch on during Quant-Verbal break too.
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08 Feb 2011, 20:12
I honestly did not even know there was an evening slot. Weird.

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We actually have a thread on snacks during the GMAT. The best thing for you to do, though, is to adapt to the 12:00 PM test schedule. Try to time your meals accordingly to accommodate for this (maybe two smaller meals in the morning instead of one larger one, etc.). And definitely take your practice CAT's at this time.
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This helped me while I was prearing for a different exam, but for 2/3 weeks or so, do your CATS (may be 2 a week) at the same time as the D-day, you will be amazed how your mind and body adapt to the habit!

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12 Feb 2011, 14:28
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For most people, one or the other slot works best. I would not go for the evening slot if possible since I would feel the pressure of an important test throughout the day. Early morning would be painful since I would have to wake up very early. So if someone were to ask which slot is most appropriate in my opinion, I would say 12 noon too... Though if you did not have an option, you would not think about it and just focus on the test. I suggest you do just that. I believe that in the actual scheme of things, the slot doesn't matter. If you take an exam at the time you feel works best for you, it's just a psychological advantage for your frayed nerves.

Though, keeping hunger at bay is important. You wouldn't feel it in the beginning of the test but in the later part, you will be exhausted and then you may start losing patience if you are hungry too. My suggestion would be to take a decent breakfast around 9 and then a light snack before your test. Carry a light snack to munch on during Quant-Verbal break too.

Thanks. I have taken 2 tests in the last 2 weeks at the same time and on the same day as my real GMAT. I think this time is working well for me .

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This helped me while I was prearing for a different exam, but for 2/3 weeks or so, do your CATS (may be 2 a week) at the same time as the D-day, you will be amazed how your mind and body adapt to the habit!

I followed this and am now at peace about my test timing

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12 Feb 2011, 14:30
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We actually have a thread on snacks during the GMAT. The best thing for you to do, though, is to adapt to the 12:00 PM test schedule. Try to time your meals accordingly to accommodate for this (maybe two smaller meals in the morning instead of one larger one, etc.). And definitely take your practice CAT's at this time.

Yes, I did take my practice tests at this time and I'm pleasantly surprised that this time is working for me. I need to work around the meals plan though...

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