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# Does GMAT penalize for guessing too soon?

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28 Jul 2017, 23:16
I was wondering whether the algorithm would penalize for guessing the answer, say, within 10s - 15s.

I ask this because in the last quarter of the exam I prefer to skip certain questions, like long SC questions where every word is underlined or long word problems in math, within 5 to 10 seconds.

Would this affect my scoring at all?
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28 Jul 2017, 23:38
Hi ameyaprabhu ,

Fortunately, this is not the case.

GMAC penalizes you for not missing any question unanswered but GMAC is fine with getting questions answered in short period of time.

What matters at the end is correct answers and their difficulty level.

So, your conclusion is based on a wrong assumption.
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29 Jul 2017, 05:10
ameyaprabhu wrote:
I was wondering whether the algorithm would penalize for guessing the answer, say, within 10s - 15s.

I ask this because in the last quarter of the exam I prefer to skip certain questions, like long SC questions where every word is underlined or long word problems in math, within 5 to 10 seconds.

Would this affect my scoring at all?
The GMAT tracks but does not use for scoring the time taken to solve a question.
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29 Jul 2017, 05:35
thanks.

One more thing - I had read an mba.com article from 2011/ 2012 in which it was mentioned that in the Verbal section, if the test taker has 3-4 questions to go in the last few minutes, it is better to attempt the first 1 or 2 questions sincerely and skip the other 1 or 2 (not guess, but not answer) than to try and attempt all the 3-4 questions. This is true only for verbal and not quant, in which it is advisable to answer all 37 questions. This finding was based on some statistical analysis of verbal scores that the guys at GMAT had carried out.

I wanted to check whether this is true even today.

One day to go for my exam !_!
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