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Guessing Strategy

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New post 08 Jul 2017, 01:09
Hey,

I would like to know if there is an effective guessing strategy that can be followed for the GMAT?

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New post 08 Jul 2017, 08:42
Hi Prannay,

you cannot guess entire questions in GMAT . Only one or two that too if it takes some time to answer.
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I've done a comprehensive study of all the published guessing strategies I could find, evaluating how effective they are. Those guessing strategies that do not require you to understand much of anything about the question are universally either completely ineffective (they are no better than guessing randomly) or are so rarely applicable that they have essentially no value - the time you'd spend learning them would be far better spent actually learning math or verbal skills.

Those 'guessing strategies' that truly work require you to understand something about the problem you're trying to solve. For example, estimation can be a very good way to rule out several wrong answers in many Quant problems. In fact, using estimation and other basic logical principles can almost double your chances at guessing correctly at a random PS question. But if you're looking for strategies like "guess C on inequality DS questions", those kinds of strategies are worthless.
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New post 08 Jul 2017, 14:06
Guessing is personal. It should be something you develop during your prep. For example if you notice that you always tend to pick the wrong answer in the certain critical reasoning question type, you should reverse your answer picking and see how that works for you.

You will sometimes be forced to guess, but for a good score guessing should never be the main strategy. I had to guess one probability question on my test (hence Q49) and I guessed it wrong.

It's not easy to guess hard questions, and nobody needs guessing help for the easy ones....
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