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Attempting/Guessing questions and their order in the section.

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03 Jan 2018, 02:28
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 incorrectly.

So if you are to finalize a pacing strategy and allocate 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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06 Jan 2018, 07:59
Hi!

Yeas, it is better to answer incorrectly then to leave the questions unattempted. Please check these threads:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/timing-strat ... 06035.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-so ... 46146.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/enhanced-sco ... 18768.html
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06 Jan 2018, 10:32
Hi Aanhar, pacing is crucial throughout the exam and hence, it becomes quite a risky judgement call to leave some tough looking questions in the beginning or in the middle. Remember that a good portion of the exam is experimental questions. So, what if the question you left were real GMAT questions while the questions you are attempting, are experimental questions?

In terms of your strategy towards the end (if you fall short of time), GMAC recommends this:

- If you are on the Verbal section, it doesn’t make much difference if you guess when you have up to about 5 questions left. You should finish the item you are on to the best of your ability and not worry about the others.

- In the Quantitative section, your odds improve if you guess and complete all the questions rather leave the final questions unanswered. After all, there are fewer questions in this section, so each item left blank in this section comprises a higher proportion of the test than in the verbal section. Guess as smartly as you can, but guess nonetheless—do not leave items blank.

Source: https://www.mba.com/india/the-gmat-blog-hub/the-official-gmat-blog/2017/july/tactics-and-guessing.aspx
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