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GMAT experts; IS THAT a MYTH? [#permalink]
30 Oct 2006, 01:43
Dear GMAT experts. I heard two different points of view on the beginning questions in the test.
Some people say that the questions in the beginning of both sections (Math & verbal) are so important and it weight more in the score. This means if you get the 1st question wrong the effect will be worse than if you get the last question wrong.
others say that the above point of view is just a myth and all questions have the same weight in the score
I'm little bit confused whether I focus more on the first questions and spend more time on it or split the time equally.
Could any one help? And tell which point of view is right?
well i'm no expert, but my experience of taking gmatprep a few times indicates that it is far more important not to get a whole string of of mistakes in a row (or guesses), than it is to get the first few right. Getting 5 mistakes in a row can be disastrous for your score. For instance:
13 mistakes in Q, 17 correct in a row, 2 loads of 5 consecutive wrong answers = 39 Q (must have got out of the wrong side of bed )
12 mistakes in Q evenly spread = 49 Q
2 mistakes in first 5 in V, 8 mistakes overall = 44V
Firstly, from my observations, there is no "hit value" of a question, but a "miss penalty" - that is, the easier the question you screw up, the more points are deducted. First questions in a section are relatively easy, therefore you better do them right.
And secondly, they affect the complexity (and value) of the questions that follow. When I was doing GMATprep, I had 5 misses in a row at section end and still got a 770 - because my first 15 answers were correct, and I reached the "hardcore" zone. There, faults were not penalized so hard, cause the questions are considered very tough.
(Disclaimer: I have no proven data about GMAT scoring schemes, these are mere guesses based on my observations.)
I recieved a 40V on GMATprep and missed the first two questions... then got 13-14 right in a row. But, I wonder what I would have got with those first two correct! Also, I ran short of time and guessed the last two... (my kids were fighting and had to break it up mid way through the test!)