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General Question [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2006, 19:28
PR put it in my head to avoid C answers on DS problems, because that's what my buddy Joe Bloggs always wants to choose if there's any doubt about the answer. He likes to throw the kitchen sink at it. Of course, like everyone, I don't want to be Joe Bloggs, so I only choose C when I am 100% positive that I need to, but we also know that due to time constraints it is rare to have enough time to be 100% sure of anything on this damned test...especially since I try to bang out my DS answers quickly to save time for more calculations on number pluggers.

Anyway, whenever I take a practice test, it seems like I'm always choosing A,B,or D instead of the correct C because I'm afraid that C is the trap answer. I'm not sure if there's any cure to this problem, but maybe you guys know something I don't? Is there a percentage breakdown I'm unfamiliar with that studies the percentages of each answer choice in DS?

Any help would be appreciated...any preventable mistake is one step closer to going to a real MBA program...
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2006, 19:50
Tear that page of PR and burn that. Atleast from what I have observed, there is no such thing as C will NOT be correct. Its simple probability. Over a large sample of data, all answers are equally likely. But you can simply avoid a wrong guess by doing this:

If you find that st1 is not sufficient then you can discard A and D and can guess from B,D and E. If you know both statements alone are not sufficient then you can discard A,B and D and guess either C or E.

This thing is just a luck but a good practice may favour you in making an educated guess.
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Re: General Question [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2006, 19:58
Joe Bloggs story is a primitive stage. only Joe Bloggs believes in what PR/Kaplan say. so come forward with the facts and figures provided in the question. do not follow PR or anything else unless it is based on facts.

the only official statements are of OG's.

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PR put it in my head to avoid C answers on DS problems, because that's what my buddy Joe Bloggs always wants to choose if there's any doubt about the answer. He likes to throw the kitchen sink at it. Of course, like everyone, I don't want to be Joe Bloggs, so I only choose C when I am 100% positive that I need to, but we also know that due to time constraints it is rare to have enough time to be 100% sure of anything on this damned test...especially since I try to bang out my DS answers quickly to save time for more calculations on number pluggers.

Anyway, whenever I take a practice test, it seems like I'm always choosing A,B,or D instead of the correct C because I'm afraid that C is the trap answer. I'm not sure if there's any cure to this problem, but maybe you guys know something I don't? Is there a percentage breakdown I'm unfamiliar with that studies the percentages of each answer choice in DS?

Any help would be appreciated...any preventable mistake is one step closer to going to a real MBA program...
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