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PREPARING FOR THE GRE TEST DAY
For test takers, GRE Test Day is the Judgment Day for all their hard work, dedication and preparation. The only problem is anxiety and stress which can make the test much harder than it is. But with enough practice and a lot of hard work, you will get acclimatized and perform better in the real test.
WHAT TO TAKE TO THE CENTER ON TEST DAY:
If you forget an important document, you will cause yourself unnecessary amounts of stress and tension, so make sure to have the following:
- A minimum of two ID Proofs are required on the day of the Test.
- There are two types of documents namely the Primary ID Documents and the Supplement ID
- The Primary ID Document is the Passport.
- The Supplement Documents include Student ID Card, license, voters ID and Identity Letter from your Educational Institution. They are needed in the case of your Primary Documents not bearing the same name as on your GRE Admit Ticket.
- A print of the e-mail confirmation received after registering for the Test is also required.
WHAT NOT TO TAKE TO THE CENTER ON TEST DAY:
The Days Before the Test:
- Photocopies or expired ID Proofs are not allowed.
- Unacceptable IDs such as Credit or Debit cards and Birth certificates are not allowed.
- PRACTICE is the magic word. The more you practice the more familiar you will be with the test and its nuances. This will provide you with more confidence and allow you to perform without stress.
- Give full practice tests i.e. for a period of 4.5 hours once a week, this will allow you to build stamina, speed, and the endurance required to score
- Timing: Practice all questions with a clock at hand, this will show you how much time you are taking for every question, is very important since the GRE is as much a test of your time management skills as it is of the topics being questioned.
The Day Before the Test
- The day before the exam should be a complete holiday. Lots of rest and a calm demeanor helps relax the mind and mentally prepares you towards victory.
- Going to bed early and a proper night's sleep is mandatory in allowing you to give your best.
On Test Day:
Waking up early to have a small recap session is the best way to kick-start the Test day.
A meal which is high on carbohydrates (brain food) will give you the energy you will require to face the day.
Wear clothes which are comfortable, clothes which will keep you warm since the temperature inside the testing room will be quite
Reach the Test Center 15-20 minutes early, since before entering the Test room, you will be asked to show your ID Proof followed by signing a GRE Examination Testing Rules and Agreement form.
Once The Test Has Started:
- Close your ears to the keyboard sounds from the people taking the exam next to you, use the provided noise suppressing headphones if
- Just focus on the screen and in giving your best, forget everyone and everything else.
- Take the provided breaks in between sections to use the restroom and to drink water. This refreshes the
- The questions in the first two sections of the test are most important so give your complete undivided concentration to it. Scoring high in these starting sections will guarantee you a high score.
- If you get stuck on a question, skip it for the moment and proceed with the remaining questions in the section. You always have the option of coming back to it later so don't waste too much time on a single
- Don't rush through the questions as it results in careless mistakes but at the same time keep an eye on the clock on your screen.
- At the last minute, if you are still clueless about how to answer a question just take a random guess but do not leave the question unanswered. There is no negative marking for wrong answers but unanswered questions will gravely affect your
- At the end of the Test, you have an option of submitting your test or cancelling it. Never cancel it even if you think that you have scored low. ETS allows you to selectively send scores, so you might as well get your score to get an understanding of your level.
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