GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 18 Apr 2019, 15:46

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

# Guessing Strategy

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics
Author Message
Intern
Joined: 24 Jun 2017
Posts: 9
Guessing Strategy  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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?

Thanks.
Intern
Joined: 02 Jan 2013
Posts: 11
GMAT Date: 04-01-2017
GPA: 3.5
Re: Guessing Strategy  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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.
_________________
Thanks
Nitin....
GMAT Tutor
Joined: 24 Jun 2008
Posts: 1418
Guessing Strategy  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

08 Jul 2017, 14:00
1
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.
_________________
GMAT Tutor in Toronto

If you are looking for online GMAT math tutoring, or if you are interested in buying my advanced Quant books and problem sets, please contact me at ianstewartgmat at gmail.com
Founder
Joined: 04 Dec 2002
Posts: 17364
Location: United States (WA)
GMAT 1: 750 Q49 V42
GPA: 3.5
Guessing Strategy  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

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....
_________________
Founder of GMAT Club

Just starting out with GMAT? Start here...
OG2019 Directory is here!
Want to know application stats & Profiles from last year? Check the Decision Tracker

Co-author of the GMAT Club tests
Guessing Strategy   [#permalink] 08 Jul 2017, 14:06
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Guessing Strategy

 new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics

Moderator: HKD1710

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.