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Test Day

Chris Lele
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In this video we are going to talk about test day. Now it's something that's easy to overlook in all the flurry of prep you've been going through, but it's very important because something goes amiss testing then you can definitely sabotage your hard work.

So let's start off with something simple, just book a good time. Now this sounds a lot easier they actually turn out to be. Of course you want ten in the morning. Well, actually I'm kind of an early riser.

So maybe you want twelve in the afternoon. Perfect time for you. Or maybe you're an evening person, and you want four. These tend to be pretty common slots, and so they're the ones that usually go first, meaning that people book them and they're no longer available.

What you will most likely be stuck with is the eight A.M. slot. Or you'll be stuck maybe with one of the later slots here because they're not quite a popular as some of the earlier slots such as twelve or even two P.M.

So, how to avoid this is to sign up well in advance. Sign up in advance. Easier said than Done especially depending on when you're taking the test. There are peak months for the GRE.

So if you're taking the test any time between August and December, make sure you book side-up, in advance as much as possible. Or you'll come to test day, you'll get there at 7:45. It's always a good idea to So, check in early, you'll have had five hours sleep.

And the last thing you'll want to do is take a four plus hour GRE. So, for a good time, sign up in advance. Next- this one's a little more subtle, but it's a big one, because your nerves are going to be acting haywire test day.

You want to know where the testing center is. You want to know exactly how you're going to get there. Is there traffic? Is it difficult to park? Should you take public transportation? You want to know all of these things.

I get very stressed when I drive, especially in a downtown area where many of these test centers are, and after a stressful experience driving, especially when I'm running late, I am in no mood to take a test.

Again, my pulse is jumping out of my skin- not a good thing. So, do a trial run. Go there a little bit earlier and maybe a few days beforehand, just know what you're dealing with and know the best way to get there.

Now the actual day of the test you may want to get there as much as half an hour early, so this is also something that's important because it gives you that buffer so you're not stressed out before the actual test, and sometimes the people at the test center, they will actually allow you to get here thirty minutes early, and even forty-five minutes early meaning that they will allow you to actually take the test a little bit earlier.

So you're not just sitting around for 45 minutes, feverishly going through your GRE flashcards, wondering what the word trepidation means, which actually means fear. So hopefully there will be no trepidation, and you'll be relaxed, as much as it is possible to be, and you'll be able to take the test a little bit early. Finally, this kind of goes back to familiarizing yourself with the test center.

If you're very, very agitated, yeah, as I mentioned, go back a few days. A few days before the test itself and pretend. Do a mock run, that you're actually going to take the test, so you know which public transportation to take. Or if you're driving, which roads to take and where to park and actually walk up the stairs, get yourself used to the elevator.

Know exactly where the testing center is in this big labyrinthine building, and this will help be psychologically test day. Especially if you have a history of being very nervous for tests, I would definitely trace your steps a few days beforehand.

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