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Best area to make an educated guess

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28 Jan 2012, 23:45
Hi,
Currently I use the following strategy for verbal when iam short of time.
I make educated guesses/random guesses on CR questions when iam short of time.The reasons are:
1)Random guessing on a CR question saves you 2mins straight
2)Guessing on RC can be costly as i think gmat gives more imp to rc.Alo,after going through a passage for 3-4 mins,it does not make any sense to guess on questions as one is already aware of passage content.
3)Sc is my srength and dont want to guess on that as it takes <=1 min and is my strength area.
Is my strategy correct or does gmat prefer even number of mistakes in each section.
I have exhausted my mgmat cats in my last attempt.
The foll is the data from my knewton cats.numbers given indicate total number of mistakes.
Cat 1:RC=2,sc=2,cr=7 total verbal score=40
cat2 :rc=1 sc=3,cr=3 35
cat 3:rc=0,sc=2.cr=2 35
cat4:rc=0,sc=0,cr=6 35
cat 5 rc=2,sc=2.cr=2 41
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11 Mar 2013, 08:34
Hi,
Currently I use the following strategy for verbal when iam short of time.
I make educated guesses/random guesses on CR questions when iam short of time.The reasons are:
1)Random guessing on a CR question saves you 2mins straight
2)Guessing on RC can be costly as i think gmat gives more imp to rc.Alo,after going through a passage for 3-4 mins,it does not make any sense to guess on questions as one is already aware of passage content.
3)Sc is my srength and dont want to guess on that as it takes <=1 min and is my strength area.
Is my strategy correct or does gmat prefer even number of mistakes in each section.
I have exhausted my mgmat cats in my last attempt.
The foll is the data from my knewton cats.numbers given indicate total number of mistakes.
Cat 1:RC=2,sc=2,cr=7 total verbal score=40
cat2 :rc=1 sc=3,cr=3 35
cat 3:rc=0,sc=2.cr=2 35
cat4:rc=0,sc=0,cr=6 35
cat 5 rc=2,sc=2.cr=2 41

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18 Mar 2013, 03:50
TheNona wrote:
Hi,
Currently I use the following strategy for verbal when iam short of time.
I make educated guesses/random guesses on CR questions when iam short of time.The reasons are:
1)Random guessing on a CR question saves you 2mins straight
2)Guessing on RC can be costly as i think gmat gives more imp to rc.Alo,after going through a passage for 3-4 mins,it does not make any sense to guess on questions as one is already aware of passage content.
3)Sc is my srength and dont want to guess on that as it takes <=1 min and is my strength area.
Is my strategy correct or does gmat prefer even number of mistakes in each section.
I have exhausted my mgmat cats in my last attempt.
The foll is the data from my knewton cats.numbers given indicate total number of mistakes.
Cat 1:RC=2,sc=2,cr=7 total verbal score=40
cat2 :rc=1 sc=3,cr=3 35
cat 3:rc=0,sc=2.cr=2 35
cat4:rc=0,sc=0,cr=6 35
cat 5 rc=2,sc=2.cr=2 41

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That is the correct strategy. You may leave questions on the section you are uncomfortable with, in case you are running short of time.
Try not to guess on consecutive questions though. For further analysis please go through this thread
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18 Mar 2013, 05:16
Everyone guesses on the GMAT, so you want to be as strategic as possible. Never blindly guess on any question. Missing easy questions has a more negative impact on your score than missing hard questions, so you want to make sure to give your best effort to those questions you think you can handle.

The GMAT doesn't intentionally weight any question type above another, so be aware of your own strengths/weaknesses for guessing. If you love CR and do well on it, try to not guess on those questions. Use your guesses on RC/SC questions that are too hard for you so you can invest more time in CR questions.

Spread your guessing throughout the section. The easiest way to do this is to understand the amount of time you should dedicate to each question type and to follow timing benchmarks during the section (see posts linked below). If you stay true to the average time per question, overall section timing shouldn't be a problem. If you are following your timing benchmarks throughout the section, you will see very early if you are falling behind time, which means it's time to strategically guess on problems that are too difficult for you.

Question Pacing: question-pacing-146982.html#p1180682
Timing Benchmarks: timing-map-for-verbal-147846.html

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