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05 Aug 2009, 11:53
I recently took an MGMAT practice test where 21/37 questions were 700-800 level, I answered near 100% of <700 level questions correctly, but missed the majority of 700-800 level questions. The result 45Q

a month ago I took an MGMAT cat and recieved 9/37 questions between the 700-800 level, I missed about the same percentage of all level questions because my foundation wasn't as strong at the time. The result 45Q

My questions is, has anyone tried/considered missing some questions on purpose, or some other method to ensure more right answers to easier questions?
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05 Aug 2009, 12:02
Thought I would post the actual reports as well

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I recently took an MGMAT practice test where 21/37 questions were 700-800 level, I answered near 100% of <700 level questions correctly, but missed the majority of 700-800 level questions. The result 45Q

a month ago I took an MGMAT cat and recieved 9/37 questions between the 700-800 level, I missed about the same percentage of all level questions because my foundation wasn't as strong at the time. The result 45Q

My questions is, has anyone tried/considered missing some questions on purpose, or some other method to ensure more right answers to easier questions?

I've only taken the GMAT once, but from what I hear, you always want to get as many 700-800 level questions as you want.

I don't know the exact scoring system (I don't think anyone here does, unless they work for GMAC), but from what I understand, if you get a hard question right, you will receive a greater score increase compared to getting a easy question right. Also, if you get a hard question wrong, your score will not decrease as significantly as getting a easy question wrong.

The bottom line is, I don't think you need to worry about whether you should intentionally get questions wrong. That's just too much to think about. On the real test, its very hard to gauge the difficulty level of a question anyway, so worrying about "which question should I intentionally miss?" would be a waste of time. Just answer every question to the best of your ability & don't worry about anything else.

A Q45 is pretty good (certainly better than what I got), if you can get a similar score on the verbal (say... 41-43), you'll be on your way to a 700+ & a fancy biz school. Good luck!
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Generally speaking, this is how the scoring on the real GMAT works.

Easy Questions
-You get fewer points for getting these correct.
-You lose more points for getting these wrong.

Hard Questions
-You get more points for getting these correct.
-You lose fewer points for getting these wrong.

As you can see, it's not a good idea to maximize the number of easy questions you get.
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05 Aug 2009, 13:17
thanks for the responses

that actually makes a lot of sense, the more 700-800 level questions you receive the more opportunity you have to get a higher score
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