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# Guessing Tricks

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19 Mar 2007, 09:36
So you know you have been at this problem over 2 minutes, and you know you will kill your score if you spend too much more time on a problem.

Anyone have any advice they have seen from practice, patterns, etc that a person could guess on and be right?

Some examples I have seen, I am sure no guessing strategy is 100% but I did see somewhere on this board someone posted look for numbers that work together so if you see a 6 and a 3, choose 2 or something.

However I have come to the conclusion that you should ELIMINATE any choices that you can get by maniuplating any of the numbers in a simple manner.

Also, when answer choices have complicated answers with square roots or insane fractions, and then an answer like 1/2 or 2 , I would look at the 1/2 or 2 very closely and prob pick one of those. I have seen a lot of problems that look very complicated come out to be a simple integer or fraction.

It appears maybe test writers do not think a person might think a simple fraction or integer could come out of such a long winded set of equations etc.

Also I know this has been discussed but harder question DS guessing,

always think of what a layman would think. If the statement looks like they would be a perfect fit from a glance, they probably arent.

If the problem looks like there isnt enough information from glancing at it, chances are, there probably is enough information

these are just some patterns ive come across studying, keep in mind these should ONLY be used as a last resort when you are running over time limit and you need to move on to next question.

Another thing I noticed in CR is if the question is, which of the following IF TRUE

Ive noticed a lot of answers are not directly related to the question. So if you see an answer that has the same type of words or premise as the stem it prob is not right.

The If Trues to me seem that they are all outside factors that may seem out of scope, but truly arent.

However other question types, such strengthen or assumption, I take the opposite approach

Anyone have any other insights ?

Do I make fair assumptions in my statements or am I totally off?
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19 Mar 2007, 11:26
terp26 wrote:
So you know you have been at this problem over 2 minutes, and you know you will kill your score if you spend too much more time on a problem.

Anyone have any advice they have seen from practice, patterns, etc that a person could guess on and be right?

Some examples I have seen, I am sure no guessing strategy is 100% but I did see somewhere on this board someone posted look for numbers that work together so if you see a 6 and a 3, choose 2 or something.

However I have come to the conclusion that you should ELIMINATE any choices that you can get by maniuplating any of the numbers in a simple manner.

Also, when answer choices have complicated answers with square roots or insane fractions, and then an answer like 1/2 or 2 , I would look at the 1/2 or 2 very closely and prob pick one of those. I have seen a lot of problems that look very complicated come out to be a simple integer or fraction.

It appears maybe test writers do not think a person might think a simple fraction or integer could come out of such a long winded set of equations etc.

Also I know this has been discussed but harder question DS guessing,

always think of what a layman would think. If the statement looks like they would be a perfect fit from a glance, they probably arent.

If the problem looks like there isnt enough information from glancing at it, chances are, there probably is enough information

these are just some patterns ive come across studying, keep in mind these should ONLY be used as a last resort when you are running over time limit and you need to move on to next question.

Another thing I noticed in CR is if the question is, which of the following IF TRUE

Ive noticed a lot of answers are not directly related to the question. So if you see an answer that has the same type of words or premise as the stem it prob is not right.

The If Trues to me seem that they are all outside factors that may seem out of scope, but truly arent.

However other question types, such strengthen or assumption, I take the opposite approach

Anyone have any other insights ?

Do I make fair assumptions in my statements or am I totally off?

Math:
Data Suf: You should easily be able to cross off two answers. Either A or B will be short and you can quickly eliminate that and D in most cases. Probability questions usually have 2 answers that are totally off and you can eliminate. You shouldn't really have a problem finishing math anyways. You should be able to do a lot of mental math that eliminates long steps. Sentence Correction should be the time savor. You should be able to do these in a minute, so you have a lot more time for the reading and CR. I can't help with reading because I'm one of those (50/25) scaled scored guys. Go Tigs and Pistons. out
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19 Mar 2007, 14:14
Hard Geometry DS's are usually D. Lets face it, with cos, tan and all that jazz there isn't much you can't work out
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23 Mar 2007, 09:23
trig is fair game on the gmat?
haven't seen any such probs yet
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08 Apr 2007, 20:47
dont think Trig is fair game.....but I agree with the D option on hard geometry.
08 Apr 2007, 20:47
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