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# Importance of the last few questions

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29 Aug 2013, 08:04
Hello,

I noticed in my last couple of MGMAT practice tests that in verbal section the Percentile Est dropped from 99% to 85% when I got 3 questions incorrect. Hence the final score of 38-40 instead of 44 or above(assuming that maintaining 99% leads to score 44 or above). Is this how it works in real GMAT?

I always end up getting last few questions wrong in verbal due to lack of time. Is it advisable to guess few questions towards the end if you are running out of time and try to answers last few questions correctly, so that the section ends with correct answers instead of wrong ones.

Experts please throw some light on this strategy.

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29 Aug 2013, 08:06
Take a look here - this scenario has been repeated and experimented with many times by those of us who could not imagine anything more entertaining than taking a GMAT Prep test: gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html

P.S. The quick answer is - not big

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2. What is the importance of the last 10 questions?
Experiment: We will try to analyze the importance of the last 10 questions and if it equals the important of the first 10
Methodology: we will attempt the worst case scenario and will answer the first 27 Q questions correctly and then will answer the remaining 10 questions incorrectly (not guess but incorrectly).
Results: Q50, 92nd percentile - Nicely done though not great. I think it is possible to get Q51 with 10 incorrect ones.
Analysis: The questions were much harder this time with some new topics/types appearing on the test such as coordinate geometry DS. Conclusion: the last 10 don't count as much as the first 10. This myth is True (as long as you can get the first 27 right). Please note that I have not guessed the last 10 but rather answered them incorrectly (which means I still had to solve those questions too). If you are guessing, you will most likely get a higher score.
Total Score: every question in the verbal section was answered as "E" (again) and it resulted in the final score of V8, 1st percentile. Total score: 470 (90 points higher than when we missed the first 10 questions)
Questions: 20PS and 17 DS. Also, see what question topics were encountered in this scenario:

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29 Aug 2013, 08:12
Thanks bb.

bb wrote:
Take a look here - this scenario has been repeated and experimented with many times by those of us who could not imagine anything more entertaining than taking a GMAT Prep test: gmat-prep-software-analysis-and-what-if-scenarios-146146.html

P.S. The quick answer is - not big

Quote:
2. What is the importance of the last 10 questions?
Experiment: We will try to analyze the importance of the last 10 questions and if it equals the important of the first 10
Methodology: we will attempt the worst case scenario and will answer the first 27 Q questions correctly and then will answer the remaining 10 questions incorrectly (not guess but incorrectly).
Results: Q50, 92nd percentile - Nicely done though not great. I think it is possible to get Q51 with 10 incorrect ones.
Analysis: The questions were much harder this time with some new topics/types appearing on the test such as coordinate geometry DS. Conclusion: the last 10 don't count as much as the first 10. This myth is True (as long as you can get the first 27 right). Please note that I have not guessed the last 10 but rather answered them incorrectly (which means I still had to solve those questions too). If you are guessing, you will most likely get a higher score.
Total Score: every question in the verbal section was answered as "E" (again) and it resulted in the final score of V8, 1st percentile. Total score: 470 (90 points higher than when we missed the first 10 questions)
Questions: 20PS and 17 DS. Also, see what question topics were encountered in this scenario:
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Re: Importance of the last few questions [#permalink]

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29 Aug 2013, 08:13
Oops, looks like you asked about Verbal - here is the verbal summary:

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1) What if you get all the LAST 11 questions incorrect ?

Testing Scenario:
All the last 11 questions incorrect and others correct.

Result:
V38 ( 83 percentile, not bad after getting 11 questions incorrect in a row)

Analysis:
The 11 incorrect questions at the end of the Verbal section did not bring the score down greatly. It is unlikely that someone after attempting first 30 correctly would go so wrong in the last 11. The results show that the momentum gained by the first 30 questions is not significantly beaten by the last 11.

Conclusion:
Can we conclude that one should not worry about the last 11 questions, probably not. But, a few glitches at the end of the test would not destroy your hopes of getting a good score. This will be more clear from the results below.

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29 Aug 2013, 08:27
I found the same for verbal in the same link you provided.. Thanks again.
bb wrote:
Oops, looks like you asked about Verbal - here is the verbal summary:

Quote:
1) What if you get all the LAST 11 questions incorrect ?

Testing Scenario:
All the last 11 questions incorrect and others correct.

Result:
V38 ( 83 percentile, not bad after getting 11 questions incorrect in a row)

Analysis:
The 11 incorrect questions at the end of the Verbal section did not bring the score down greatly. It is unlikely that someone after attempting first 30 correctly would go so wrong in the last 11. The results show that the momentum gained by the first 30 questions is not significantly beaten by the last 11.

Conclusion:
Can we conclude that one should not worry about the last 11 questions, probably not. But, a few glitches at the end of the test would not destroy your hopes of getting a good score. This will be more clear from the results below.
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12 Apr 2014, 10:56
bb, c23678,
I had the same issue. I have included 2 screenshots of the results from two separate MGMAT CATs. In the second one i miss a few towards the end but get the last 5 right which resulted in a 96%tile Verbal. In the first one, I get 30 through 39 correct but miss the last 2 which surprisingly drops my score from a 99%tile to 88%tile.

This result was surprising as it resulted in a huge drop in total overall score. The one where I got the 2 final questions wrong dropped me to a V39…had I got them correct it would have been a V 44 or 45. So, instead of the Q41, V39 (660) I would have likely got a Q41, V44/45 (710+). It was very surprising to me to see such a large delta due to only 2 questions.

Any thoughts from the experts?

Thanks,

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