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20 Dec 2012, 14:21
Hello all,

I'm taking the GMAT on the 27th of December for the 1st time and I've been meaning to ask you if the the common notion of ''spending more time on the fist 10 questions etc'' stands. Should I indeed do that?
For instance, is it prefarable to spend as much time needed on Quant for up to the 30-33th question and then to choose randomly the remaining ones, or they all account for the same?

Sorry if this query has been answered befored, couldn't find any relative posts.

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Well... there have been pages and pages of debates and the final answer is - you don't want to spend too much time on the first 10 questions but you want to be paying as much attention as you can and it is probably OK to spend a bit more.

See this post: un-scientific-analysis-of-gmatprep-64970.html

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1. What is the importance of the 1st 10 questions?
Experiment : If I mess up the first ten and kick but in the remaining can I reach my normal score (as the OG claims)
Methodology : Guess the 1st ten and focus on the last 27
Results : Q41 with 12 wrong overall.
Analysis: On the outset 41 seems like a decent Q score esp since I got 8 out of 1st 10 wrong. However, I've touched 50 with 12 wrong. This myth has been busted. Get those 1st 10 right, any amount of catch up later will not help. The next experiment will be to get the 1st 20 right and just guess the last 17 to gauge the importance of the last few questions.

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Hello all,

I'm taking the GMAT on the 27th of December for the 1st time and I've been meaning to ask you if the the common notion of ''spending more time on the fist 10 questions etc'' stands. Should I indeed do that?
For instance, is it prefarable to spend as much time needed on Quant for up to the 30-33th question and then to choose randomly the remaining ones, or they all account for the same?

Sorry if this query has been answered befored, couldn't find any relative posts.

Agree with bb here. I met with some actual GMAT/MBA.COM faculty and they passively mentioned that first 10 Qs are important and also that its better to attempt a Q (and give even a random answer) rather than leaving it.

I would also advice you to take a lot of full time practice tests before the actual test so that your speed and accuracy improve.
This will lead to better time management and you can then afford to spend more time on first 10 Qs.
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