Hear from Students: Test-Day Tips for Success

No matter what your test taking style is, here are five tips you can use on the day of your GMAT exam.

  1. Keep your eye on the time. Careful time management is critical to completing each section of the exam. Once you start the test, an onscreen clock display will count down the remaining time; 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. However, your scores will reflect the number of questions answered, and your score will decrease significantly with each unanswered question. 
  2. Read all test directions carefully. This may sound obvious, but you can only answer correctly if you read the directions, which explain exactly what is required to answer each type of question. 
  3. 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. If you do not know the correct answer, eliminate choices you know are wrong and select the best of the remaining choices. 
  4. Keep moving through the test. If you are stuck on a question, choose the best answer and move on. 
  5. 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.

Quick Tip: Never skim a question or the possible answers; skimming may cause you to miss important information or nuances.