I'm doing well in Quant (50/51 consistently), but I'm running into serious timing problems and I have a couple questions:
1) How bad is it for your score if you end a section poorly (say, you were getting all of the questions right, then got 3 of the last 6 wrong or something).
Very bad. Each problem you don't answer can drop you 3 percentile points and sequential incorrect problems will also tank your score.
2) How do you guys pace the Quant section? I've tried to roughly keep it to 2 minutes a question as long as possible, but once I hit the hard questions I slow down considerably and am reluctant to answer questions without being 100% sure. It's pretty commonplace for me to have 3 minutes left for the last 3 questions and have to make educated guesses on them.
I'm taking the GMAT in 10 days.
It's about averages, not 2 mins per problem, but average of 2 mins per problem over a block of problems. You will need to tame your reluctance and learn to move a bit faster on more difficult problems. Three minutes left with three problems is not that bad of a situation to be in. Just don't let individual problems drag you down and you should be fine.
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