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# Time management during the test

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28 Sep 2009, 23:46
Originally my time management strategy was to divide the time allocated for each section by 3 then figure out what question I should be at spending 2 mins on quant question and 1.75 min on the verbal section.
That comes out to :
Quant: question 12 @ 50 min left, question 25 @ 25 min left.
Verbal: question 14 @ 50 min left, question 28 @ 25 min left.

It worked ok on some practice tests, but on the more recent ones (specially kaplan), I had to rush and guess the last 3 answers on each sections.
I feel I have to revise my checkpoints because of the increasing difficulty of questions. It is usually around questions #17-20 that I start slipping.

How do you guys approach time management?

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29 Sep 2009, 03:43
bluesiege wrote:
Originally my time management strategy was to divide the time allocated for each section by 3 then figure out what question I should be at spending 2 mins on quant question and 1.75 min on the verbal section.
That comes out to :
Quant: question 12 @ 50 min left, question 25 @ 25 min left.
Verbal: question 14 @ 50 min left, question 28 @ 25 min left.

It worked ok on some practice tests, but on the more recent ones (specially kaplan), I had to rush and guess the last 3 answers on each sections.
I feel I have to revise my checkpoints because of the increasing difficulty of questions. It is usually around questions #17-20 that I start slipping.

How do you guys approach time management?

Hello bluesiege,

The time allocation method works as you should be spending less than 2 minutes on the easier problems and a little over 2 minutes on the more difficult problems. You want to run an average of ~2 mins and 1.75 mins accordingly per problem, but on some of the more difficult RC, CR and quant problems, you might go over the self prescribed time constraints.

Are you double checking your answer on every problem? If you are comfortable with your solution to a problem, don't spend too much time double checking.
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bluesiege wrote:
Originally my time management strategy was to divide the time allocated for each section by 3 then figure out what question I should be at spending 2 mins on quant question and 1.75 min on the verbal section.
That comes out to :
Quant: question 12 @ 50 min left, question 25 @ 25 min left.
Verbal: question 14 @ 50 min left, question 28 @ 25 min left.

It worked ok on some practice tests, but on the more recent ones (specially kaplan), I had to rush and guess the last 3 answers on each sections.
I feel I have to revise my checkpoints because of the increasing difficulty of questions. It is usually around questions #17-20 that I start slipping.

How do you guys approach time management?

Here is my timing strategy in detail - let me know if you have any suggestions...
timing-strategies-on-the-gmat-80176.html
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