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"I feel like I should've started (my) GMAT earlier. That way I would've been prepared for the/my test by now."

  1. I know we usually say 'I'm taking my IELTS test tomorrow.' I'm just now sure whether 'my' is necessary before GMAT here.

  2. Do we say 'the test' or 'my test?' I think both of them are correct even though 'the' sounds better to me.

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“the test” refers to the test generally, unless context makes it more specific:

  • I heard the test is difficult.
  • I am studying for the test.
  • I will take the test next week.

“my test” refers to the specific test you took, are taking or will take:

  • My test is next week.
  • I think I did well on my test.
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  • Does this mean that I should say 'my' before both 'GMAT' and 'test' here? Or does it sound better this way- "I feel like I should've started MY GMAT earlier. That way I would've been prepared for THE test by now."
    – Ashraf
    Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 14:44
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    @Ashraf When both “my” and “the” are allowed, I would prefer “my”, but that’s just a preference. Your version makes perfect sense.
    – StephenS
    Commented Sep 7, 2020 at 15:18

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