Study Tips for the GMAT

GMAT Test Taking Tips

Don't worry. You've already studied for the test. With a few simple tips, you should do just fine.
Don't worry. You've already studied for the test. With a few simple tips, you should do just fine.
Stockbyte/Getty Images

No matter how hard you've studied, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you don't choke on the day of the test.

  • Get a good night's sleep. When you're well rested, you'll have an easier time focusing on the test.
  • Eat a good breakfast. A grumbling stomach can really break your concentration.
  • Get there early. Set your alarm a little bit earlier to make sure you're out the door with plenty of time to spare. Map out your route ahead of time so that you don't get lost and show up late and stressed out for the test.
  • Start slowly. Really take your time with the first few questions, because they'll determine the difficulty level of the rest of the questions you'll be answering in the section.
  • Read carefully. Skipping over a couple of words could change the entire context of the question. Make sure you understand exactly what's being asked before you answer.
  • Move on. If you can't figure out the answer to a question, use the process of elimination to remove as many answers as possible and then take an educated guess. You don't want to run out of time without finishing the test.
  • Check yourself. Make sure that the answer you've chosen is not just factually correct, but that it actually answers the question that is being asked.
  • Keep track of time. Glance at the onscreen time display from time to time to make sure you're pacing yourself appropriately.

If you follow these simple tips on the day of the test, you should do reasonably well -- provided you studied beforehand, of course.

For more standardized test study tips, see the links below.

Related HowStuffWorks Articles


  • "The Ultimate Guide to the GMAT: 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources." October 16, 2008.
  • Graduate Management Admission Council. "The Official Guide for GMAT Review." 12th edition. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2009.
  • Kolby, Jeff and Scott Thornburg. "NOVA's GMAT Prep Course." Los Angeles, CA: NOVA Press, 2004
  • Koprince, Stacy. "Developing a GMAT Study Plan." Beat the GMAT, Feb. 9, 2010.
  • "Test Structure and Overview."
  • "Test-Taking Strategies."
  • Study Guide Zone. GMAT Test Study Guide.