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Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 19:21
What are some of the common question types that are really time consuming ? For instance a lot of ppl say boldface questions in CR is difficult , probability and combinatorics questions are difficult.

Do you guys follow a strategy of giving up immediately on time consuming questions ?

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 20:08
It's never advisable to give up completely and immediately on any question. There is no specific problem type that only has certain difficulty levels. Although stats questions (propability and combinatorics) are considered more difficult questions, if you know stats, you should get these right also. Any questions type from any catagory can be easy, medium, hard, or super hard depending on the layers of difficulty the test writers add to the question. Over time with practice you will start to be able to recognize which questions are more "difficult". Sometimes "difficult" just means that it will take you 3-4 minutes to solve and that is TOO much time. So don't waste your time on that question, take 30 seconds to narrow down the answer choices, and guess. But you should never just look at a question and within 2 seconds skip it. You have to give each question a chance, but over time you will determine what question types and difficulty are just too time consuming or impossible for you, and at that point it is your job to make an educated guess (not a blind guess). Never make a blind guess if you don't have to b/c sometimes even the toughest problems you can eliminate an answer choice or two within 30 seconds. And that is a huge difference!

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 24 Apr 2012, 22:18
Thanks for the quick reply !

I find that many times I get into trouble because I waste like 3-4 minutes on a question . The worst thing is I spend all that time and I still end up getting the question wrong . But If you're lagging behind by more than 3 minutes , then isn't it a good idea to just give up quickly rather than spend 1 minute and then give up ?

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 01:46
It all depends on your target score if you are targeting 550-680, then leaving some questions can be a good strategy. However if your target score is 700 or above, then leaving difficult questions is counter productive. Your scaled score is cumulative weighted average of the questions. Harder questions have greater weight-age. Answering 15 easy questions will give you lower score than answering 15 tough questions.
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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 06:25
On combinatorics questions, if I had not figured out the process or approach to solve within the first 30 seconds, I was going to the next problem. The balance you need is important on the real test because if you get behind on the pacing, it will be extremely tough to get back inline. I agree with the other post that you need to answer tough questions consistently if you want to score past 700, but then you need to be comfortable getting 700-800 questions and doing them efficiently. I would say if you can easily get past 600-700 questions, then start to tackle more and more 700-800 questions to get in a good rhythm.
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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 18:57
I'm scoring around 700-720 in my manhattan tests but I really struggle with my timing . On both sections , I end up being in a situation where I have to answer 15 questions in the last 15 minutes !

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 19:50
From everything you are saying, you have a serious timing issue. Under no circumstance should you ever have 15 questions and 15 minutes. If you are using the 3 minute MAX rule on any question you should never put yourself in that position. My advice is to start going back through questions that took you too long and put them in your error log. You need to start recognizing why questions are taking you too long so you can start answering those questions in a more efficient manor. You should not be spending 3 4 or 5 minutes on a question hoping to get it right, just so you have immediately guess on 1-2 questions later in the test. That costs you way too many points. You need to work on your timing, as well as your benchmarks you should be hitting throughout the test so you know at all times that you are on track. If you spend more than 3 minutes on ANY quesiton in your practice, add it to your error log. Go back and figure out why it took you too long. Did you approach it the wrong way? Was there a shortcut you missed? Did you sit there scratching your head for 2 minutes? What was it? Start learning, so that right when you see any questions your pen hits the scratch pad and you start working through the problem in the most efficient way possible. This will take time and practice, but you MUST start addressing this now, b/c the GMAT will crush you for poor timing.

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 20:11
georgepaul0071987 wrote:
What are some of the common question types that are really time consuming ? For instance a lot of ppl say boldface questions in CR is difficult , probability and combinatorics questions are difficult.

Do you guys follow a strategy of giving up immediately on time consuming questions ?

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Hello,

Difficulty of question is really a subjective matter, some area you may find easy could be very difficult for someone else.

However, never discard a question on the basis of type of Question, because you are not aware that whether the question thrown at you is really difficult or not.

For example - in case of probability of combinations, suppose you get the 1st question of your quant from any of these areas, the question might be too simple just testing your basics for the same area. If you have developed a notion that you do not wanna try questions from the per-determined area, you may loose on easy questions as well.

Ideal strategy

1) Determine your strengths and weakness firts (topic wise / area wise), take help of error log for the same
2) For your weaknesses, use first 20/30 seconds (for CR and quant) to determine whether you would really like to give more time to try the question or not, if you think you can crack it with time, give time else make intelligent guess and move on.
3) You can prepare list of general strategies to be used for intelligent guessing (believe me it works)

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2012, 22:59
Thanks for all the input guys !

Although Would it be wise to change my timing strategy this late on considering I'm just three weeks away from my test date ? Besides I'm scoring around 700-720 on MGMAT tests and this is what I want to score on the actual GMAT . So does it make sense to change me strategy now or just stick to what's working fine ?

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 12:32
georgepaul0071987 wrote:
Thanks for all the input guys !

Although Would it be wise to change my timing strategy this late on considering I'm just three weeks away from my test date ? Besides I'm scoring around 700-720 on MGMAT tests and this is what I want to score on the actual GMAT . So does it make sense to change me strategy now or just stick to what's working fine ?

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Hello,

Honestly speaking, you can work on the same and you can improve on your timing strategies (specially the aspects discussed on the thread), do not make wholesale changes in your timings strategy, the matter is about tackling the issues of the difficult areas that you have identified.

Identify your weakness areas first, make two three educated guessing strategies and you are on your way !! , i would always prefer to make an educated guess with 20/30 seconds on question rather skip the Q.

If you need help on the same, let me know with the areas that you feel you want to devise educating strategies, i might give you insight into it ( but please understand its gonna be intelligent guessing :) )

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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 19:19
@oasisgc

Thanks !

In quant I feel I take a lot of time with inscribed figures ( geometry) ,absolute value equations , inequalities . But quant overall isn't really a problem ( I'm scoring 49-51in MGMAT tests )

Verbal is were I struggle with som question types . I take a lot of time to do SC questions ( infant , I do CR questions faster than i do SC questions ) . I find that I keep reading SC questions over and over again to figure out mistakes .

RC - i need some help with inference questions and structure questions . RC is easily my weakest of th 3 question types .


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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 19:30
I used to get caught up trying to solve a single problem and taking 3 - 4 minutes, it does not help your overall score... Uses a stop watch while practising and do not let any question go beyond 2.5 minutes, beyond 2 mins,start eliminating and pick the one that makes the most sense and move on...
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Re: Is it good to give up on some question types? [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 19:50
@mbadreamzz - which question types did you find time consuming ?

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