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# Penalty for unanswer questions on GMAT prep CAT?

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31 Mar 2013, 21:56
Hello all,

I started studying for GMAT last week and took the GMAT prep CAT to get a baseline. In the middle of the Quant section (somewhere around question 20), I got an emergency call, so I paused the test (or so I thought). I returned and notice the test is still running with only 15 minutes left. I ultimately decided to just answer as many questions as I can, and ended up answering only 30 out of 37 total questions before time expired.

As a result, my quant score was quite bad (below 500). I know the real GMAT heavily penalize testers for not answering all questions, and I assume this works the same in GMAT prep CAT. Does anyone knows the general penalty, or how much does not answering 7 questions effect the scaled quant score? (I could retake the test again, but don't want to waste the valuable GMAT questions)

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my question.
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01 Apr 2013, 03:14
Always take the tests under real conditions. Keeping your phone on is definitely not advisable.

7 questions unanswered can result in a huge drop. There is not enough information on how every missed question relates to your score. Also, GMAT prep is the closest to the real thing. Again, no one is certain (barring the test makers) whether it is the same algorithm.

Answer to your question: it depends on at what level you were on the test when you missed those questions among other factors. GMAT penalizes you 3 percentile points for every unanswered question.

Read this post: problems-finishing-the-test-145168.html#p1163884
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01 Apr 2013, 05:36
I started studying for GMAT last week and took the GMAT prep CAT to get a baseline. In the middle of the Quant section (somewhere around question 20), I got an emergency call, so I paused the test (or so I thought). I returned and notice the test is still running with only 15 minutes left. I ultimately decided to just answer as many questions as I can, and ended up answering only 30 out of 37 total questions before time expired.

As a result, my quant score was quite bad (below 500). I know the real GMAT heavily penalize testers for not answering all questions, and I assume this works the same in GMAT prep CAT. Does anyone knows the general penalty, or how much does not answering 7 questions effect the scaled quant score? (I could retake the test again, but don't want to waste the valuable GMAT questions)

Thank you very much for taking the time to read my question.
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