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I did some RC questions and i noticed that with the [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2009, 06:10
I did some RC questions and i noticed that with the questions i got wrong on I almost always end up with a "split" decision on 2 choices. When I answer questions i basically use a grading scale like C>A>D>B>E (just for reference etc.) and sometimes i can't find an answer that is the best and end with 2 answers that to me are equally likely... Anyone use anything to help them figure out (or at least make better decision/guess) at it?
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Re: Need help with RC "50/50" answers decision [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2009, 08:57
The approach is probably slightly different for each type of question, but it's important to remember that there is only one correct answer. If you were to challenge an answer choice with GMAC, they'd be able to point to a specific word or phase that makes the answer choice wrong.

Rather than ranking questions in order of which is best, you might try crossing out answers if they have anything wrong with them.

(This list is more specific to CR questions, but the same concept can apply to most RC questions)
A) X - Too extreme
B) X - Irrelevant
C) X - Out of Scope
D) X - Opposite
E) * - Correct

Also: Your search for the correct answer will be much shorter if you try to pre-phrase the answer before reading the answer choices. This will also save you from trap answers that sound good, but send you down the wrong path.
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Re: Need help with RC "50/50" answers decision [#permalink] New post 24 Jun 2009, 09:10
Avernusaur wrote:
The approach is probably slightly different for each type of question, but it's important to remember that there is only one correct answer. If you were to challenge an answer choice with GMAC, they'd be able to point to a specific word or phase that makes the answer choice wrong.

Rather than ranking questions in order of which is best, you might try crossing out answers if they have anything wrong with them.

(This list is more specific to CR questions, but the same concept can apply to most RC questions)
A) X - Too extreme
B) X - Irrelevant
C) X - Out of Scope
D) X - Opposite
E) * - Correct

Also: Your search for the correct answer will be much shorter if you try to pre-phrase the answer before reading the answer choices. This will also save you from trap answers that sound good, but send you down the wrong path.



yeah i am still in the habit of reading answers first... I guess i felt it saves me time by eliminating some bad choices first... i will try that next time.
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