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# GMAT penalty

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10 Oct 2003, 07:57
Are there penalty marks for leaving out questions? if yes, how many? So does it make sense to click randomly and make wild guesses in the end if ur runnin out of time?? Pls help
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10 Oct 2003, 09:05
Tanya the answer to your question is YES, there are severe point deductions for each question you do not complete. It is better to guess randomly than to leave a question unaswered
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13 Oct 2003, 06:10
Does anybody knows how EXACTLY severe is the penalty, i.e. how many points do you lose if you don't answer the question?
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13 Oct 2003, 15:31
That's impossible to guess, because the answers are weighted based on how hard they are and how early in the test they are. So if you leave blank any questions in the first 10-15, that would hurt your score more so than in the last 10-15.

At any rate, it's definitely better to guess, but try not to guess randomly unless you're totally out of time. I would recommend trying PR's strategies for making educated guesses (via process of elimination), and failing that, pick a letter to use if you have to totally guess - i.e., choose C for each remaining question, rather than trying to decide on each one which letter to pick.
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27 Oct 2003, 21:56
I am not sure how you can leave questions blank except at the end
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28 Oct 2003, 07:49
CartmanRules wrote:
That's impossible to guess, because the answers are weighted based on how hard they are and how early in the test they are. So if you leave blank any questions in the first 10-15, that would hurt your score more so than in the last 10-15.

At any rate, it's definitely better to guess, but try not to guess randomly unless you're totally out of time. I would recommend trying PR's strategies for making educated guesses (via process of elimination), and failing that, pick a letter to use if you have to totally guess - i.e., choose C for each remaining question, rather than trying to decide on each one which letter to pick.

Cartman,

As this is a CAT, you cannot leave questions blank throughout the test - only stop early and leave a certain remainder (say, the last five questions) blank.

To address the question, I do not know whether it is better to guess or leave blank.
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28 Oct 2003, 12:18
Why would anyone willing leave questions blank unless he/she is running out of time??? If you have to guess....you stand a chance fo getting the question right....What have you got to lose???
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28 Oct 2003, 21:14
Duh, I had a major brain fart when posting my earlier response. LOL of course you can't skip. Must have been fondly remembering my SAT days (NOT!!!). Honestly, don't know how I blanked on that. Just goes to show how fried you can get with too much studying, sheesh.
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