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# Errors: C vs. E

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22 Jan 2013, 22:58
Even on 700-800 level problems 90% of the time I'm able to narrow the answer down to C or E.

When I miss a problem I choose the wrong one. Typically it's careless as I'm rushing to get the problem done under 2 min. Any suggestions?
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23 Jan 2013, 08:37
It is tough to say without have specific information about the problems you are missing, but it sounds like you are missing some fundamental knowledge. The best thing to do is review your work and see what mistakes you are consistently making so you can fix the errors.

But (and this is not a joke), if this continues think about selecting questioning your response if you are consistently "guessing" wrong.
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25 Jan 2013, 10:30
This is a common decision point on Data Sufficiency questions. However, many students proceed by hunch or guess because it seems correct.

The best advice I can give is to keep in mind that the GMAT test writers are frequently trying to trap you, so typically you'll be left with a more tempting "trap" answer and a less tempting correct answer. Like George Costanza in the famous fifth season finale of Seinfeld, sometimes it's better to do the opposite of what you're feeling.

If you can narrow down the answer for legitimate reasons, pick the answer that must be true. If you're stuck between two choices, and one tempts you more but you're not sure why, it's often better to ask yourself why it's tempting you, and then go with the opposite if you don't have a legitimate reason. Who knows, you might even end up getting a job with the New York Yankees.

Hope this helps
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