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# Penalties for not finishing the GMAT

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22 Nov 2019, 01:16
Hi everyone

Though i had read alot about the penalties of not finishing the GMAT, i made the same mistake 1 hour ago in my first attempt.

I wanted to know if i was unable to complete the quant section in time ( 2 questions unanswered) and got a Q42 . Is it true that one unanswered question = 3 percentage points?

What effect has this caused on my Quant score?
Can the experts weigh in please?

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22 Nov 2019, 10:20
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Sam10smart - at Q42 the penalty is not that high. You probably lost 1 point by leaving out the last two questions. This penalty gets more severe at higher scores (even then, probably 2 points on a scale fo 60).

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22 Nov 2019, 13:13
Hi Sam10smart.

While it is true that you are penalized for leaving questions unanswered on the quant section, no one (except for the folks at GMAC), knows by how much. That said, I can say with some confidence that your leaving two questions unanswered did not result in a drastic decrease in your score, such as from Q46 to Q42.

In any case, because we know that there is a penalty, just make sure that, next time you take the GMAT, all questions are answered, even if you have to do so by quickly clicking through the last few. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.
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22 Nov 2019, 16:19
Hi Sambhav,

While not answering those last 2 questions certainly led to a penalty (and lost you points), that's probably not the biggest issue with how you handled the Quant section. What was happening in the last 10-15 minutes BEFORE you ran out of time? If you had to rush through a lot of questions (meaning that you likely got most - if not all - of those questions wrong) and THEN you didn't answer the last 2 questions.... then that 'block' of questions (the last 2 and the ones that immediately preceded them) almost certainly would have led to a significant drop in your Score.

I assume that you're planning to retake the GMAT - and thankfully, Business Schools generally do not care if you retest (so doing so is NOT a big deal). Before we discuss how you might best proceed with your studies, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How did you Score on each of your Official GMATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
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4) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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5) What is your overall goal score?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn’t provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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