How to Study One Week Before the GMAT

How to Study One Week Before the GMAT

A week from now you’ll take your GMAT. Congrats on getting this far but let’s do the right things with 7 days still to go.

You've been putting pressure on yourself for the past bunch of months. During this last week let that GMAT brain expand. This is the week to do the things that enable you to perform as best as you can with the skills that you have earned over your GMAT preparation. This is not the week to try to make up for any deficiencies in your GMAT studying. Focus on the positive. Focus on what you know. Let the studying go and prepare yourself to perform. You have graduated and it's time to get the job done.

One week before the GMAT is the time to taper off your studying: slow down, coast, and consolidate. Avoid taking full practice tests during this last week. Timed sections are fine. GMAT Focus is great for this week as is Question Pack 1. If you need some strategies for approaching the psychological aspects of the Computer Adaptive Test this GMAT Timing article might be helpful. For some review you could work through the GMAT sample questions.

Take a tour through your error log. Do some review sets covering all of the major content. Some of my students have found comfort in creating a "formula sheet" with all of the Quant tips and tricks that they have learned during their GMAT preparation. You’re a ship coming into harbor. Light on the steering. Easy on the throttle.

Some practical consideration for the last week of GMAT Studying:

1. Get some rest. During this last week of GMAT studying it's really important to get on a regular sleep schedule (hopefully one that coincides with a high level of alertness during your GMAT). You may not get a lot of sleep on the night before your GMAT so let's charge up those batteries. Did you schedule your GMAT at a time when you generally feel sleepy and out of sorts? Try to reschedule for a better time. Even if nothing is available at the moment check back at the GMAT Re-scheduling page on on a regular basis as it’s common for other people to cancel and re-schedule.

2. Eat some food (good food). This matters. Eat healthy stuff. Fill those gas tanks with some quality fuel.

3. If you haven't been practicing using the plastic pad it's not too late to start. You can order it here: Even during this last week of GMAT studying this will be helpful.

4. Have you done any IR? If you haven't then do yourself a favor and do at least one full section of IR so you have some idea of what the section is like.

5. Have you written an essay? Same deal as above. Write one.

You're almost there. Most of you have done enough GMAT practice questions to equal a couple dozen GMAT tests. You only have to do one more. Good luck!


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