26 GMAT Test-Day Tips

by Target Test Prep, Apr 26, 2022

So, you have your sights set on a top business program, you’ve followed a rigorous and comprehensive GMAT study plan, and now the only thing standing between you and the MBA program of your dreams is a top GMAT score. You’ve got your GMAT test date scheduled, and now you’re seeking some test-day tips. We’ve got you covered!

To help you ace the GMAT, in this article, we’ll share some valuable test-day GMAT advice, wisdom, and strategy, and perhaps impart some inspiration as well.

Let’s begin with a discussion of what you should and should not do in the days leading up to your GMAT.

1) Prioritize Well-Being in the Days Leading Up to Your GMAT

The healthier you are and the higher your level of well-being, the better you’ll perform on the GMAT. Thus, the days leading up to your GMAT should center on the things that will prioritize your health and well-being.

Here are some tips:

Hydrate Properly

Your brain and body perform at their best when they are properly hydrated. In the days leading up to your test, make sure to drink enough water and other healthy fluids. On test day, drink an amount of water that you can comfortably tolerate, considering you’ll be sitting for a long test.

Get Some Exercise and Eat Healthy Food

Two great ways to optimize your well-being are two get sufficient exercise and eat a healthy diet. These two tasks should be at the top of your list in the days leading to your GMAT. In fact, don’t wait until the days leading up to your GMAT to begin making these health-promoting additions to your life. Start now!

Keep Your Stress Low

In the days leading up your GMAT, do your best to minimize your stress. Stick to the people, things, and activities that keep your stress low.

Sleep Well

Getting healthy sleep will be critical to your success on the GMAT. Now is not the time to go to bed late or wake up extra early. Do your best to maintain a healthy sleeping schedule.

Visualize Your Success

Michael Jordan, one of the best basketball players of all time, would practice shooting hoops even when he was not on a basketball court. He’d visualize the net, the ball, the distance he was from the hoop. Then, he’d visualize making shot after shot.

As it turns out, the brain responds very well to practice by visualization. So, in the days leading up to your GMAT, spend some time visualizing your success on the test.

Relax the Day Before the Test

If you’ve been properly preparing, the day before the GMAT is not the time to try to cram in final details. Rather, use the time to relax and prepare yourself for the test. Do something fun, but not overly strenuous. Get some light exercise. See a movie. Go out for dinner. Do anything that makes you feel good – but don’t spend the day immersed in GMAT books. You’ll need a fresh brain tomorrow. If every bone in your body is telling you to study on the day before your exam, think of our advice this way: the GMAT is the mental equivalent of a marathon. Would a marathon runner ever run 25 miles the day before her marathon?

2) Should I Study or Practice on the Day Before My GMAT?

One of the best GMAT tips that we can share is this: the best preparation you can do on the day before your GMAT is actually no GMAT preparation. In other words, don’t do any GMAT studying the day before your GMAT.

If you’ve followed a comprehensive plan of study, there is nothing more that you’ll be able to add to your knowledge and skills on the day before the exam. In fact, counter to what most people think is best to do (studying), the best thing that you can do for yourself on the day before your GMAT is to relax and take good care of your mental and physical health.

Think of the day before your GMAT as your self-care day. Instead of studying for the GMAT, do some things that increase your well-being and energize you. For example, go out with friends for a healthy breakfast, have some green juice, go for a walk at the beach, do some yoga, meditate, visualize your success on the test, or do anything else you can think of that you enjoy.

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