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# Penalty for leaving a question unanswered

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26 Apr 2009, 18:00
thanks! im gonna go try it out on the GMAT prep software and see what that does. been getting really crappy scores.

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18 May 2009, 07:47
See the PDF here:

gmat-myths-from-gmac-conference-55310.html

Page 16.

5 missed questions results in a ~15% drop in percentile scores.

As someone else said: YOU MUST FINISH.

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21 Aug 2011, 00:45
Hi.. What happened in my exam was, i was at the last question and i selected an option. But i couldn't confirm it as i ran out of time. Would my score have been affected by that or since i marked an answer will GMAT consider that as my response?

P.S. I am just asking this question out of curiosity.

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21 Aug 2011, 04:26
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Hi.. What happened in my exam was, i was at the last question and i selected an option. But i couldn't confirm it as i ran out of time. Would my score have been affected by that or since i marked an answer will GMAT consider that as my response?

P.S. I am just asking this question out of curiosity.

My understanding is that it would not have counted as a response, and would have impacted your score. Although the degree of impact is variable and depends on a range of factors.

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21 Aug 2011, 05:19
grinding teeth.

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22 Aug 2011, 18:37
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ritula wrote:
I have heard that there is a penalty for leaving a question unanswered. Wht is the penalty? I mean, how does it affect the score if a question is unanswered vs it is wrong?

Have you tried running this scenario in GMATPrep software?

In my GMAT Prep test (5 weeks ago), I had 2 wrong (#24 and #36) until the last question in Quant, and the section timed out while I was still in #37. I got Q50.

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22 Aug 2011, 21:52
I know for a fact that the mock/practice CAT from MGMAT etc. incorporate the penalty feature for unanswered questions. What I'd like to know is how closely does it resemble the one on the actual GMAT?

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29 Sep 2011, 02:58
Hello guys. I know I did a mistake but I were focusing on the question and so I didn't see that I had only 2 seconds to answer, and so that's why I left my final question unanswered. Next time I will be more focused on the time left form my final question.

I scored 640, 41Q 36V. What do you think I would have taken with a random last answer?

Thank you very much for the answer and all the infos i got through you beautiful forum
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18 Oct 2017, 15:45
Hi guys. As mentioned by everyone in this post, until now, I had heard the exact same thing that leaving any questions unanswered has a severe penalty. However, an article on the official GMAT blog has left me confused. It says that it is OK to leave questions unanswered, depending on the section you are in and your ability level. Please click here to read the article. Can anyone please throw some light on this?
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18 Oct 2017, 15:48
We have had a long discussion recently (you can search for it) and everyone agreed that the average was about 3 percentile points for leaving the question unanswered. In some cases it may be severe and in others not. It is usually not recommended.

PS. Yes, that article is what sparked it last time.

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