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# Attempting/Guessing questions and their order in the section.

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03 Jan 2018, 02:26
I am really new to the way GMAT scoring works.

However I read somewhere that scoring positively in the first 20 questions really contributes to your overall score (test being adaptive). Also on the other hand, have read candidates should not skip on the last questions in a section, as the penalty of skipping the last questions is almost double of that of answering them.

So if you are to finalize a pacing strategy and allocating when you should genuinely attempt a question, or leave/guess depending on the order of when it appears, beginning, mid and last, does it work best attempting positively early on as much as possible, being rational and skipping some toughies in the mid, and somehow making time for the last five to be attempted justifiably?? Or am I on a wrong line of thought here.
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03 Jan 2018, 04:17
Aanhar wrote:
I am really new to the way GMAT scoring works.

However I read somewhere that scoring positively in the first 20 questions really contributes to your overall score (test being adaptive). Also on the other hand, have read candidates should not skip on the last questions in a section, as the penalty of skipping the last questions is almost double of that of answering them.

So if you are to finalize a pacing strategy and allocating when you should genuinely attempt a question, or leave/guess depending on the order of when it appears, beginning, mid and last, does it work best attempting positively early on as much as possible, being rational and skipping some toughies in the mid, and somehow making time for the last five to be attempted justifiably?? Or am I on a wrong line of thought here.
I strongly recommend that you maintain the average (time) through your test. Take a look here for a set of time targets.

There is just no real reason to focus on any one set of questions. There is also no reason not to guess in the first 10 questions. Taking more time does not guarantee that you'll get a question correct, and bumping the difficulty level up means that you'll have to be ready to solve those (tougher) questions. And you'll have to solve them in less time than you would normally have (if you take more time in the beginning).
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03 Jan 2018, 10:02
Hi!

Check this post:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-so ... 46146.html
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