The Dominate Test Prep Podcast

21. Taking Your Exam At Home? Do These 3 Things for Maximum Success

April 16, 2020 Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep
The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
21. Taking Your Exam At Home? Do These 3 Things for Maximum Success
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The Dominate Test Prep Podcast
21. Taking Your Exam At Home? Do These 3 Things for Maximum Success
Apr 16, 2020
Brett Ethridge / Dominate Test Prep

In response to test center closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, most standardized tests have released an at-home version so that candidates can stay on track to hit their application deadlines and continue applying to graduate school. While there are a lot of advantages to taking your exam from home, there's at least one glaring disadvantage -- and you need to make sure that you're preparing accordingly so that you can overcome it and maximize your test-day results.

If you're going to be taking your standardized test from the comfort of your own home, this episode is a must-listen. Specifically, we discuss:

  • The biggest downside to taking a high-stakes exam from home, and the mental shift you need to make to overcome it
  • How to recreate the "live" exam experience during your practice sessions
  • The "Know thy Enemy" approach to planning ahead and preparing for all test-day contingencies
  • How to "win the morning" of your exam, including an unusual but incredibly effective tactic for putting yourself in the right frame of mind to perform your best
  • Whether or not you should opt for the at-home test in the first place or just wait for test centers to open again
  • And more!

The good news is that the substance of the exams themselves remain largely unchanged, so everything you've been doing to prepare to this point is still relevant. The major difference, of course, is that you will be taking the real thing from home. If you implement the three strategies we teach in this episode, you'll be in a great position to come out on top!


FROM THE MAILBAG

For some bonus content toward the end of the show, we also answer the following listener question: "How much time do you suggest people spend looking over answers to questions they got wrong or even those they got right [when practicing]?”

We share some helpful tips for figuring out your strengths and weaknesses and keeping your eye on the prize when reviewing your practice results. Enjoy!


RESOURCES

  1. GMAT - Official Details about the Online GMAT Exam
  2. GRE - Official Page for the At-Home GRE
  3. LSAT - Official LSAT Flex Information Page
  4. LSAT - Top 10 Questions about LSAT Flex
  5. Study: "Dress for Success: How Clothes Influence Our Performance"


A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

“I’m a firm believer in that you play the way you practice.” -- Larry Bird

Show Notes Transcript

In response to test center closures resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, most standardized tests have released an at-home version so that candidates can stay on track to hit their application deadlines and continue applying to graduate school. While there are a lot of advantages to taking your exam from home, there's at least one glaring disadvantage -- and you need to make sure that you're preparing accordingly so that you can overcome it and maximize your test-day results.

If you're going to be taking your standardized test from the comfort of your own home, this episode is a must-listen. Specifically, we discuss:

  • The biggest downside to taking a high-stakes exam from home, and the mental shift you need to make to overcome it
  • How to recreate the "live" exam experience during your practice sessions
  • The "Know thy Enemy" approach to planning ahead and preparing for all test-day contingencies
  • How to "win the morning" of your exam, including an unusual but incredibly effective tactic for putting yourself in the right frame of mind to perform your best
  • Whether or not you should opt for the at-home test in the first place or just wait for test centers to open again
  • And more!

The good news is that the substance of the exams themselves remain largely unchanged, so everything you've been doing to prepare to this point is still relevant. The major difference, of course, is that you will be taking the real thing from home. If you implement the three strategies we teach in this episode, you'll be in a great position to come out on top!


FROM THE MAILBAG

For some bonus content toward the end of the show, we also answer the following listener question: "How much time do you suggest people spend looking over answers to questions they got wrong or even those they got right [when practicing]?”

We share some helpful tips for figuring out your strengths and weaknesses and keeping your eye on the prize when reviewing your practice results. Enjoy!


RESOURCES

  1. GMAT - Official Details about the Online GMAT Exam
  2. GRE - Official Page for the At-Home GRE
  3. LSAT - Official LSAT Flex Information Page
  4. LSAT - Top 10 Questions about LSAT Flex
  5. Study: "Dress for Success: How Clothes Influence Our Performance"


A DOSE OF MOTIVATION

“I’m a firm believer in that you play the way you practice.” -- Larry Bird