The unfortunate reality of standardized testing is that crazy things happen on test day. All too often, a test taker is awarded a score that is not in line with his or her level of preparation. It is possible that someone with an undergraduate degree in mathematics will totally bomb the quant section; and, it is similarly possible that an avid bookworm may receive a disappointingly low score on the verbal section. Anything can happen, to anyone!
What can we do to alleviate some of the uncertainty? In preparing for the test, special effort is required to ensure that you are able to think clearly on test day. The best way to accomplish this is to replicate the test environment as accurately as possible when completing practice tests. Your diagnostic scores will be a better reflection of your level of preparation if you follow the below tips:
Tip #1: Do not pause the test
You can take at most 8 minutes in between sections to use the washroom or have a snack but you must not pause the test in the middle of a section
Tip #2: No phones
Turn off your phone and keep it out of sight
Tip #3: No distractions
Find a babysitter for your kids and turn off the TV
Tip #4: Location, Location, Location!
It is best to complete the test in a cubicle in the quiet study area of your local library