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# Is it better to guess

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Is it better to guess [#permalink]

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08 Nov 2003, 08:29
Hello,

I have heard that you actually get penalize for guessing hence it is better to leave it blank... do you guys know anything about that???

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08 Nov 2003, 10:08
The GMAT is simply a right or worng test. Either you get the question right or its wrong. It is not possible to leave questions blank. The test is given on a computer, to move on to the next question I believe you have to anwer the question before it. From my understanding the only way to leave questions blank is at the end when you simply run out of time

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leaving it blank vs answering with time runnning out [#permalink]

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11 Nov 2003, 17:49
That is exactly what I meant... Do i answer or leave it blank with 2 min left and 8 unanswered questions...

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12 Nov 2003, 10:59
Why would you do that???? Make educated guesses. You may hit a couple of them that are right.

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12 Nov 2003, 22:06
If you're running out of time and can't even attempt to solve the problem, yes, guess randomly. It could affect your score by 10-30 points depending on how many questions you have left.

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15 Nov 2003, 08:07
I once heard a different theory from a GMAT tutor. According to this guy if you leave some questions unanswered, then the computer will infer what your answers would be based on your previous responses. On the contrary, if you just guess at random, the odds are you will get four fifths of the questions wrong. So if you were doing good then it would be better to leave them blank.

If you ask me though, I would guess the remaining questions. What do you guys think?

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16 Nov 2003, 06:22
I think the way the adaptive test works is that you get a certain number of points based on the difficulty of that question assuming you get it correct. If you miss the question or don't answer it, you get no ponts.

Therefore if you leave questions blank, it's as good as getting them wrong.

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16 Nov 2003, 17:45
Martin, I think that GMAT tutor was on drugs. The GMAT isn't set up to guess how you'd answer any question!! That's the wildest one I've heard yet.

You don't answer a question, you get docked, period. You guess and get it wrong, you get docked less.

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huh???? [#permalink]

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17 Nov 2003, 16:17
I would not want to be tutored by someone who gave you that tid bit of advice. It really makes me wonder where some ople get their information from. Sometimes I think people just talk about anything for the sake of hearing theit own voices.

Key to doing well on the GMAT is to answer the first 10-15 questions in each section as accurately as possible.

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24 Nov 2003, 13:04
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Martin, I think that GMAT tutor was on drugs. The GMAT isn't set up to guess how you'd answer any question!! That's the wildest one I've heard yet.

You don't answer a question, you get docked, period. You guess and get it wrong, you get docked less.

ha ha Yeah, at first I thought he was on some kind of medication. But then I heard from other source that this kind of inference was done by ETS to grade the paper based GMAT... so I thought that maybe he wasn't that high after all...

Not that it means a lot... but this tutor has MS degree in English from Columbia and has been tutoring for more than ten years.

Anyway... forget about it... I'm not leaving any questions unanswered on my GMAT.

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24 Nov 2003, 15:06
If powerprep has the same algorithm as the actual test, someone with more time than I could test the validity of this theory...

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