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# Time has run out?

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27 Dec 2009, 10:21
Hi folks,

To avoid penalty, if I pick a response to my last GMAT question, does actual GMAT allow to confirm the answer after the time has run out? Does the answer get considered in the score?

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27 Dec 2009, 13:08
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A while ago, I searched through the testing/test center policies found on mba.com for a definitive answer to this and had no luck.

Since then, a former student of mine inquired at a test center and was told by staff that if you have an answer selected when time runs out, that will be accepted as your answer even if you do not click to confirm. I may be overthinking this, but that seems reasonable because

(1) The system doesn't really require a "click to confirm" to enter the answer (after all, just selecting the bubble next to the answer would do that), but rather to tell the test (a) give me another question or (b) I am done with the final question, stop the clock early. If time runs out, you are automatically done and no next question will be given--therefore no need to confirm.

(2) If time runs out during the essay, the algorithm takes whatever you have written at the time. If that weren't so, there'd be an awful lot of people getting zeros instead of 4's and 5's because they were still typing at the very end.

However, if you can, try to manage your time so that you are able to finish with 30 seconds to spare. Better not to have to worry about it.
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27 Dec 2009, 20:18
Before the GMAT software was rewritten, that was exactly the functionality, I am pretty sure it stayed the same as GMAT Prep seems to work like that, but as esledge mentioned, this is not official.

Keeping this in mind, for the last question, you want to set the answer choice first, even before you read the question, just in case you run out of time.
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17 Mar 2010, 04:51
Is there any way we can get official confirmation.

Suppose I have finished my AWA or Quant well before the time and I have 5 mins spare, what I can do is, I can select my last answer and will ask the staff for the break and when 5 mins are over it will automatically start the 8 min timer? It should work that way.

What is actually.?
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17 Mar 2010, 11:25
gurpreetsingh wrote:
Is there any way we can get official confirmation.

Suppose I have finished my AWA or Quant well before the time and I have 5 mins spare, what I can do is, I can select my last answer and will ask the staff for the break and when 5 mins are over it will automatically start the 8 min timer? It should work that way.

What is actually.?

It will NOT work that way!

I asked the facilitator the exact same question! So I just sat in front of the computer and did nothing! Stretched a bit, then with one minute left I raised my arm, clicked confirm on the last question and took my regular brake.

If I understood the facilitator correctly they can not do that as they have to sign you in and out for unscheduled breaks and they have to end a section for you if (and only !!! if you want to take a break after it). As they can not sign you out for an unscheduled break and for the scheduled break at the same time, they can not let you have one big break. If you tell them that you are finished with your session and want to take a break, the program will start the 8 minute break. There is no workaround to this except to sit in front of your screen and enjoy some extra free time if you finish a section early
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Thank you for the information!
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Re: Time has run out?   [#permalink] 18 Mar 2010, 00:10
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