GMAT Last-Minute Tips Before D-Day


When your GMAT exam is approaching, you may have some amount of stress though you prepared well, because of the approaching examination date. Following some last-minute tips for the GMAT exam given by the experts is advisable, which will be very helpful in these last few days. If tomorrow is your big day, all your efforts for the past few months will bear fruit, like you have planned. However, to ensure that everything goes according to plan, it is essential to review how you should spend the day before your exams.

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Helpful Tips For GMAT Preparation

1. Stop Slogging Hard

You have studied hard enough; even if you feel like you haven’t, you cannot do much by studying for the exam right now. GMAT is an aptitude test, not a test of knowledge. Believe in your preparation and in yourself. Stop solving questions, and give your mind some much-needed rest. You can do some light revision of all the formulae instead of solving logically intensive questions.

Stop Slogging Hard

2. Get a good night’s sleep

Sleep is essential for optimal brain function and cognitive performance. In the days leading up to the test, try to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep each night. The night before the test, ensure you get a good night’s sleep. This will help you feel alert and focused on test day. Also, do not be overtly conscious of getting a lot of sleep. Just try to sleep at your usual bedtime.

Get a good night's sleep
Get a good night’s sleep

3. Eat a healthy breakfast 

On test day, it’s important to fuel your brain and body with healthy food. Eat a simple and nutritious breakfast. Try to avoid sugary or processed foods that can cause a crash later in the day. A healthy breakfast can help you feel energized and focused during the test.

Eat a healthy breakfast 
Eat a healthy breakfast

4. Stay calm and Relaxed

Test day can be stressful, but staying calm and focused is important. Take deep breaths, visualize success, and stay positive. Remember that you’ve prepared for this test and can do well. Try to relax by spending time on your hobbies or catching up with friends or family for some time. It is essential for you to feel relaxed before the exam for the brain to exercise maximum efficiency.

Stay calm and Relaxed
Stay calm and Relaxed

Essentials Checklist

Gathering all necessary items the night before is important to avoid last-minute stress and distractions on the test day. Below is a list of essential items to keep ready before the test day:

  1. Your photo ID and admissions ticket. Ensure that the ID is valid and accepted by GMAC.
  2. Your keys, wallet/purse, and other items you usually carry when leaving the house.
  3. Any medications, if applicable, and your contact lenses or eyeglasses, if any. If you wear special glasses for computer use or driving, bring those as well.
  4. A bottle of water and a healthy snack. While you can’t bring them into the test room, you can access them during breaks.
  5. The names of up to five b-schools you want to send your scores to before starting the test.
  6. A few study materials for light review to warm up your brain before the test day.

By following the above steps, you will ensure that your brain is well-rested before the exam, and you will be ready for your test and to achieve your target GMAT score.

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