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

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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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If you reschedule less than 7 days out, you lose the entire $250 _________________ Founder of GMAT Club US News Rankings progression - last 10 years in a snapshot - New! Just starting out with GMAT? Start here... Need GMAT Book Recommendations? Best GMAT Books Co-author of the GMAT Club tests GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings Senior Manager Joined: 16 Dec 2011 Posts: 452 Followers: 11 Kudos [?]: 205 [1] , given: 70 Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] ### Show Tags 09 May 2013, 08:32 1 This post received KUDOS 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). BSchool Forum Moderator Status: Current Tuckie! Joined: 19 Oct 2012 Posts: 543 Location: United Kingdom Schools: Tuck '16 (M) GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V36 GMAT 2: 740 Q48 V44 Followers: 28 Kudos [?]: 195 [1] , given: 105 Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] ### Show Tags 11 May 2013, 02:45 1 This post received KUDOS 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. Current Student Joined: 17 Sep 2012 Posts: 4 Location: United States (CA) Concentration: Technology, Marketing GMAT 1: 550 Q36 V29 GMAT 2: 620 Q42 V34 GMAT 3: 650 Q47 V34 GPA: 3.98 WE: Information Technology (Computer Software) Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 7 [1] , given: 0 Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jun 2013, 14:41 1 This post received KUDOS I do not think we can cancel GMAT Appointment free of cost any more. Founder Affiliations: AS - Gold, HH-Diamond Joined: 04 Dec 2002 Posts: 14548 Location: United States (WA) GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42 GPA: 3.5 Followers: 3785 Kudos [?]: 23619 [1] , given: 4554 Re: What to do 30-14-7-3-1 Days before the test [#permalink] ### Show Tags 01 Aug 2013, 11:02 1 This post received KUDOS Expert's post 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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What percentage of tough questions (700+) should one expect for getting a score around 720 (Q~49,V~39)?? I have a month left for exam and want to focus on problem which are medium to hard. want to know how much should i focus (time in prepration) on hard problems?

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Hi bb,

nice post! is there no penalty at all if theres rescheduling when we have >14 days to go??
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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.

Great post as always though
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Thanks BB, exactly what i was looking for
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this was just awesome tips for easily cover marks. Because if you read proper method than you will sure clear it. Reading is necessary but proper books choosing and it's reading is must be necessary.
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I always used to sleep I won’t prepare at last night. I just go whatever it will be.
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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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Still have 50 days to go! looking forward to it
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I use to study more at the last night of my test. I think more study and more practice makes us more perfect.So always be active and study more to get good test marks.
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