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GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 10:45
I know this is the wrong place to post this topic, but then i want this to be read by everyone and thought it would get good visibility if posted here. So Mods please spare this post

Although i did flunk in GMAT test, i still want to clarify some myths that most of the earthlings believe to be true. And Yes! I dont say that these are Facts but again i am somehow convinced that what i believe is true.
Some of you might agree or disagree with this and Yes, I welcome your comments on my reasoning part .

Myth vs Fact 1: "If i get a boldfaced CR in Verbal that shows that i am doing good in Verbal".

FALSE, this is to be interpreted something like this - "If i get a boldfaced CR in verbal that shows i am doing good in Critical Reasoning but not necessarily in SC and RC"

Yes, in Verbal part I believe that GMAT tests you on three topics - SC,RC and CR individually. So say that Test taker X faces the first question on SC (of 500-700 range) or say he starts off with a SC question of medium difficulty range and answers this correctly, he would get the next SC question of 700-800 range and so on. Then for the first time X answers a CR question that would again start from 500-700 range and if answered correctly will move to 700-800 range.
But say X does not do well in SC thereafter but does extremely well in CR, he would still continue to see those bold faced questions in CR (for the time being assumed as a 700-800 range question). Now this misleads many of the test takers as they think that they are doing well in the verbal part. No! It only means that they are doing well in CR but not necessarily in SC and RC. His answers might still be wrong in SC and RC. Also, atleast for most of the people(including me - especially non native english speakers) out there ,all we know is that a boldfaced CR means 700-800 range question, but can never assess the level of difficulty of SC and RC questions. So people when faced with a boldfaced CR assume that they are doing good and fall into a sort of comfort zone and later will be shocked to see their score . I believe GMAT tests on all three topics and gives a cumulative score finally.

Myth vs Fact 2:"The first ten questions are the most important and are to be given the maximum time to achieve the best score"

I know that there has been a long debate on this and GMAC officially (in their OG's and many other sources) stated that this is a Myth and all the questions carry equal weightage. I just want to reiterate that this is a Myth. Never, I repeat Never think that the first questions if done correctly raise your score bar and ensures you a good score irrespective of the number of mistakes you do at the end. All questions carry the same weight and help you in getting a good score (except the experimental questions that are included in your test which are evenly distributed and are not scored. Again your first questions might be those experimental questions and you CANNOT predict which question is experimental and which one is not experimental.)
But remember that a wrong EASY or MEDIUM range question affects your score more than a wrong HARD level question. So getting those EASY and MEDIUM questions right should be any test takers first priority.
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 11:01
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Welcome to GMAT Club and thank you for posting. What is the source? is this OG 12?
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 11:04
Nope! Those are my thoughts :)
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 11:55
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Nope! Those are my thoughts :)


Smart man :)
They seem to be in tune with GMAC's here: gmatclub-attends-gmac-test-prep-summit-85573.html
(this is a copy from one of the powerpoints distributed at the last GMAC conference we attended).
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 15:31
Here's what I don't understand. You say that getting a difficult question wrong hurts you less than getting an easy question wrong. Consider this is a computer adaptive test, wouldn't getting many of the first 10 questions right mean that you'll get harder questions and mean that you have more room for error than if you got questions in the first 10 right?
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 17:34
Thanks BB. :) Actually i was only aware that GMAC tried to clear this myth in OG 11.
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2009, 17:43
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Here's what I don't understand. You say that getting a difficult question wrong hurts you less than getting an easy question wrong. Consider this is a computer adaptive test, wouldn't getting many of the first 10 questions right mean that you'll get harder questions and mean that you have more room for error than if you got questions in the first 10 right?


Yes, you are right. But also note that if you have answered ten questions correctly in a row the bar would be increased and you will start getting questions of 700-800 range. And say that unfortunately you mark the 11th and 12th questions wrong, the bar would still fall to 600-700 range(which actually does not hurt your score much). Now if you get the 600-700 questions correct(which are medium difficult) the bar again does back to 700-800 range and so on. In this case the score bar does not vary much.

But consider that your initial questions (5 out of 10 - both low and mid level ones) are wrong. The bar which is actually at the 600-700 range initially drops off to 400-600 range and test taker would have tough time pushing it from low level to high level difficulty. Hence the score bar never actually reaches to the top and the score lingers somewhere between the low and mid level - as in my case :roll:
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2009, 18:16
rightly said.

First 10 correct answers does not guarantee you a 700 +

but scoring 700 + without first 10 questions being correct is highly unlikely . ( I mean not exactly 10 correct answers). it is like putting urself in the comfort seat and driving ahead .
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Re: GMAT - Myth vs Fact [#permalink] New post 24 Oct 2009, 19:08
wow - thanks
I didn't know that there will be some bold faced questions and some not bold faced.

knowing this upfront will help me not to panic or celebrate before completing the test.
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