GMAT: Test Day Pep Talk

‘Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost.’

(Michael Jordan, referencing Bernard Asuncion)

I’ts GMAT test day. You’ve done all you can to prepare. Now your most important skill set is test-taking strategy.  This is a big part of what the GMAT actually tests.

Practical Advice

  • Don’t even think about the GMAT algorithm during your test. You should know by now that your ability to tell when you are getting questions right or wrong, and whether they are easy or difficult is flawed. The GMAC also test out new questions that do not count towards your score. Just forget about it.
  • Make sure you have a good timing strategy for the test. Don’t give into the temptation to rush questions you can do well in, and spend too much time on weak areas. You get heavily penalised for not finishing.
  • Keep mentally tough. This means recovering quickly when things go wrong, and fighting to do your best until the last second. The GMAT takes a lot of mental stamina.
  • Have some perspective.  The GMAT is not going to look into your soul and determine your worth as a person. Its just a test.  Don’t put yourself under so much pressure.
  • If you really struggle with test-taking anxiety, it helps to check out the test centre before test day. You can also try different techniques like re-framing your anxiety as excitement, or power posing.
  • Regardless of how prepared you think you are – give test day your best effort.  It’s that athlete mindset – ‘Practice like you’ve never won. Play like you’ve never lost.’

Good Luck