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I missed 2 questions on my GMAT, how much would it reduce my score?

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I just gave my GMAT and got a score of 710. But I missed the last 2 questions in verbal. I wanted to know how much would have my score changed even if I had attempted them and got them wrong.

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Hi KarthikPrasad23,

When you say that you "missed" the last 2 Verbal questions in that section, do you mean that you did not answer them at all? On the second-to-last question, did you bubble ANY of the answers before time ran out?

While Test Takers are penalized for any question that they leave unanswered, the impact that those last two unanswered questions would have on your score would be relatively small. Unfortunately, it's difficult to put an exact number to it, but the likely 'damage' from that situation would likely be a drop of 10-20 points from your overall score. However, there is also the issue of how you were performing right BEFORE you ran out of time. For example, if you were low on time and rushed through 10 questions (and got most - or all - of them wrong) and THEN you didn't answer the last 2 questions, then the overall impact on your score would be much larger.

All things being equal, a 710 is still an outstanding score (it's right around the 90th percentile overall), so you can apply to any Business Schools that interest you.

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We don't really know for sure, since the GMAC won't give us a lot of hard numbers. They've given us the following data, which isn't that useful for you, but might be interesting (also, note that it's at least a couple of years old):

- If Student X would normally get a 70th percentile Quant score by answering all 37 questions,
- Then, if Student X took the test in the same way, but instead, ran out of time at the end and had to make 5 random guesses, he'd get a 64th percentile Quant score on average,
- Or if he took the test in the same way, but ran out of time at the end and left five questions blank, he'd get a 55th percentile Quant score on average.

That doesn't necessarily mean that each blank question is worth a -3 percentile point penalty - the algorithm is much more complicated than that and it definitely depends on how well you were doing up until that point. But that gives you a feel for about the size of the penalty, according to the GMAC.
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2 questions wrong is such a small number of incorrectly answered questions that it doesn't really matter where you get them wrong, or whether they are easy/medium/hard questions--you should still earn an amazing score!

From the ESRs I've seen, only 2 wrong on Quant is usually enough for a perfect 51/51.

I've personally gotten 2 wrong on Verbal in the past, and I scored a 47/51. Here are some current predictions for Verbal:

0 wrong = 51/41
1 wrong = 48/51
2 wrong = 47/51

etc.

1 wrong on Verbal used to be a 49/51, but apparently the curve has shifted a bit in recent years.

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