The GMAT is good for 5 years from the time you take the test. That’s why it is a good idea to get this test out of the way as soon as possible. After you complete the test, you will immediately get your verbal, quantitative and total score. You won’t get your AWA score until a few weeks later in the mail.
Another good reason to take the GMAT as soon as possible is you might not be satisfied with your score. You are allowed to take the GMAT again after 30 days. If you aren’t satisfied with your score, you should study for another 30 days and take the GMAT again. This is exactly what I did. I took the GMAT the first time and scored a 690 with a 4.5 AWA. I wasn’t satisfied with this score and took it again 30 days later and score a 710 with a 5.0 on the AWA.
Tips for test Day:
- I suggest that you go visit the testing center prior to taking the GMAT. You don’t want to get lost on your way to the testing center. If you know where you are going, this is just one less thing to be stressed about on test day.
- Bring food! This a long test and you will need some food to keep your body and mind going! Personally, I brought 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a banana.
- Go early! Even if you visited the testing center prior to taking the test, you should still go early. You will need to fill out a few forms and have your thumb print and palm print taken prior to the test.
- Try to follow your normal routine the day of the exam. Don’t change things or eat something different that might upset your stomach. You want the exam day to be normal and relaxed so you don’t get stressed.
- Don’t drink a lot of water during your breaks and go to the bathroom on your break! You don’t want to have to go to the bathroom while you are taking the exam. If you do, I doubt that you will be able to complete the section you are working on.
This post is part of a series of posts discussing the steps one should take to apply to MBA programs. You can find the first two steps below: