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guys,

have read a lot abt shortage of time and lot of people i know have been unable to finish on time. those who have finished , pls give suggestions..

i did the kaplan test.. and had only abt 3-4 mistakes till q no. 22. but from then on disaster struck and i ended up getting 8 out of the last 10 wrong(domino effect.. i took 10 min for 2 questions).. u can guess what happened.

the problem is i get engrossed in the problem, and fail to move on. also for the first 15 questions, its ok, but problem occurs betn 15 and 30the problem, which carries on to the 37th problem, and i end up just leaving the last two.

dont ignore this guys... it can be disastrous. lot of people take it lightly..
pls suggest how to involve time mgmt, and when to leave a problem... and MOST IMPORTANT ..

GUESSING TACTICS....

ALSO ONE MORE THING..
ON THE ACTUAL GMAT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO LITERALLY SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS?
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New post 22 Aug 2008, 11:40
I'd suggest taking your time at first, the first 10 questions are critical that you get them right, because the software grades these much more intensively than later on. I would have the clock handy on the screen and if you get to the point where you have less than 2 mins per question, which you probably will at some point, I'd try to make 2 mins your limit and guess if you cant figure it out by then ( some questions wont take you 2 mins and you will catch up). If you know you can get the right answer and expect just a min more or so, take it tho. This does heighten your risk of just staring at the clock, however, so if it becomes distracting just turn it off.
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arjtryarjtry wrote:
guys,

have read a lot abt shortage of time and lot of people i know have been unable to finish on time. those who have finished , pls give suggestions..

i did the kaplan test.. and had only abt 3-4 mistakes till q no. 22. but from then on disaster struck and i ended up getting 8 out of the last 10 wrong(domino effect.. i took 10 min for 2 questions).. u can guess what happened.

the problem is i get engrossed in the problem, and fail to move on. also for the first 15 questions, its ok, but problem occurs betn 15 and 30the problem, which carries on to the 37th problem, and i end up just leaving the last two.

dont ignore this guys... it can be disastrous. lot of people take it lightly..
pls suggest how to involve time mgmt, and when to leave a problem... and MOST IMPORTANT ..

GUESSING TACTICS....

ALSO ONE MORE THING..
ON THE ACTUAL GMAT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO LITERALLY SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS?


I too face this problem, especially if I get a string of tough questions. The stratergy I have chalked out [note: I havent taken the test yet] is
1-10 Q 25 mins
11 - 24 26 mins
25- 37 24 mins

Note: since the actual test runs the clock behind memorize that when you are @ 11 Q the clock should somewhere in the vicinity of 50 mins
when @ 24 it should show ~ 24 mins.
If you have gained any time say in 1 -10 questions split it for the next 2 halves [mentally, dont think about time too much]. Improtant: if you have lost more time than what you planned its very difficult to catch up... your confidence takes a hit, you try to solve faster but end up making mistakes or missing important info. So try to see the clock every 5 questions.
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thanks guys... other suggestions are also welcome..
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arjtryarjtry wrote:
ALSO ONE MORE THING..
ON THE ACTUAL GMAT, IS IT POSSIBLE TO LITERALLY SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEMS?


Yes, absolutely. If you see a good method, GMAT questions rarely take longer than 30-60 seconds to solve. The trick is in seeing a good method quickly- on the more difficult problems, the idea behind the question may not be obvious straight away
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New post 23 Aug 2008, 09:13
yes if you start running out of time just limit yourself, but dont if you dont need to. you are penalized more for not completing than getting wrong answers, and its a bad idea to random guess any or take less time than you have. I would suggest just to practice and figure out what rhythm works for you.
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