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Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 06:09
While taking a CAT test that came with my Kaplan GMAT Premier book, I noticed that the screens that display the instructions for a particular section (say AWA) weren't counted against the total available time for that particular section. I (purposely) spent about 15 seconds on the screen showing instructions for the AWA section, and when I clicked 'Dismiss', the countdown showed that I hadn't lost any time (out of 60 minutes).

Is this how it works on the actual GMAT?
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 06:32
The screens before the quant and verbal sections dont count toward time but you have a 1min time limit to get through them

The screen just before AWA is a tutorial which has a 10min time limit
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 06:52
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The screens before the quant and verbal sections dont count toward time but you have a 1min time limit to get through them

The screen just before AWA is a tutorial which has a 10min time limit

Thanx..any idea about the AWA issue and arguments??
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 06:55
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shrouded1 wrote:
The screens before the quant and verbal sections dont count toward time but you have a 1min time limit to get through them

The screen just before AWA is a tutorial which has a 10min time limit

Thanx..any idea about the AWA issue and arguments??


I was a bit shaky after my argument, but as I remember I dont think you need to click any screens in between
As soon as you click "next" on argument, you get to the issue screen strt away

So its 60 mins consecutive
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 07:49
there is time limit in instructions. i would use it to prep the answer sheet if you do a,b,c,d,e etc. for sc etc.
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 10:10
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there is time limit in instructions. i would use it to prep the answer sheet if you do a,b,c,d,e etc. for sc etc.

Looks like a good idea to utilize the time-limit of the instructions screens to make an answer grid. When this time limit is reached, do you get a notification? Does the screen advance automatically? Or does time allotted to the section automatically (and quietly) start deducting?
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 15:09
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shaselai wrote:
there is time limit in instructions. i would use it to prep the answer sheet if you do a,b,c,d,e etc. for sc etc.

Looks like a good idea to utilize the time-limit of the instructions screens to make an answer grid. When this time limit is reached, do you get a notification? Does the screen advance automatically? Or does time allotted to the section automatically (and quietly) start deducting?


i think it just skips right to next section - be it break or whatnot. When i didnt finish my AWA it just went to the break section...
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 18:18
so what happens if you take more than 1 minute? Does computer flashes next question on the screen itself?
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2010, 21:56
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so what happens if you take more than 1 minute? Does computer flashes next question on the screen itself?


if your time runs out on intro it goes directly to AWA. if time runs out on AWA/Quant/Verbal it goes directly to break..
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 00:12
shaselai wrote:
i think it just skips right to next section - be it break or whatnot. When i didnt finish my AWA it just went to the break section...

What happened when you didn't finish the AWA? Was your partially-written essay automatically submitted, or was it discarded (equivalent to blank)?

I hope it wasn't the latter!
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 00:35
Nothing gets discarded, it submits whatever you have got
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time? [#permalink] New post 12 Sep 2010, 03:11
Ok, that's assuring.
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Re: Are screens showing instructions counted in available time?   [#permalink] 12 Sep 2010, 03:11
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