GMAT® Exam Taking Strategies and Best Practices
Arrive with Confidence on Test Day
Test day is not too far away. You are starting to think about the logistics and strategies to do your very best GMAT® exam.
Test Day Best Practices
- Relax. Focus on building confidence, get lots of sleep, and keep your mind fresh.
- Plan your logistics in advance. Get directions to your test center, leave in time to arrive 30 minutes early, and make sure you have your required identification.
- Read each question carefully and thoroughly. Before answering a question, determine exactly what is being asked, then eliminate the wrong answers and select the best choice.
- Confirm your answer only when you are certain that you want to move on to the next question. Remember that you cannot change your answers once you move to the next question. This is especially important in the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GMAT exam, which use computer-adaptive testing and select the next question you see based upon your previous responses.
- Keep moving through the test. If you are stuck on a question, choose the best answer and move on.
- Keep your eye on the time. Once you start the test, an onscreen clock display will count down the remaining time. Be sure to check the clock periodically to track your progress. If you do not finish in the allotted time, you will still receive scores as long as you have worked on every section. Keep in mind that your scores will reflect the number of questions answered, and will decrease significantly with each unanswered question.