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Is it better to blank or guess

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New post 08 Jan 2019, 17:14
Hi all,

If you run low on time on the GMAT is it better to leave unanswered questions or to guess?

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New post 08 Jan 2019, 17:56
It is better to mark it then leave it unanswered. Unanswered question will lead to more penalty as compared to a wrong answer.

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New post 08 Jan 2019, 19:30
I think each unanswered question is -3 percentile?
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New post 09 Jan 2019, 08:18
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Hi cspencer90,

It's better to guess.
See #5 in GMAT Prep Software Scoring Analysis and What If Scenarios
Not Answering Last 10 Questions (ran out of time) 10 Wrong Answers
Result: Score - Q39. Percentile - 37th vs. Q49. Percentile - 75th

And another scenario:

Experiment: two scenarios:
A. Answered first 30 questions correctly and the remainder 7 questions incorrectly. Result Q50, 92nd percentile.
B. Answered first 30 questions correctly and didn't answer the remainder 7 questions at all (ran out of time). Result Q45, 71st percentile.

Hope this helps!
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New post 09 Jan 2019, 22:07
cspencer90 wrote:
Hi all,

If you run low on time on the GMAT is it better to leave unanswered questions or to guess?

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It depends on how well you're doing at that point. If your score is low, leaving the remaining questions could be better than getting them wrong. Otherwise, leaving questions is not a good idea at all.
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