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Time strategy for Quantitative

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Like many other people, timing is a one of the biggest challenges for me in the Quantitative section, and I'm coming from a Comp Sci/Math background! One thing that I would like to discuss is when to move on and guess in the Quantitative section.

Specifically, the aformentioned thread above suggests moving on after 2 minutes. However, wouldn't a better strategy be to move on if you cannot even come up with the equations in one minute for PS questions? Most likely, even if you can come up with the equation for a PS question, it may take another minute to come up with the answer. Thus, if you can't come up with the equations at the one minute mark, you can save a whole minute from that question that you could use on future questions.

Something similar to this strategy is perhaps giving yourself no more than 45 seconds after reading a PS question to come up with the equations. If you cannot come up with the equations in 45 seconds after reading a PS question, it's time to move on.

Thoughts on this?
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29 Sep 2009, 22:37
Thank you for the suggestion

I like the idea and I think you should test it to see if you are able to get a higher result - i think there are good chances. Any plans to take a test any time soon?
Any way to take 2 tests with 2 different strategies and prove that it works?

I tried to adopt something similar but it has not worked for me. What I found was that I gave up too easily by adopting such "I'll catch up on the next question" strategy. I ended up not fighting for every question (which I think is important). Also, usually, with GMAT questions, you will know how to solve at least half of a question most of the time. On my GMAT, for example, I only had 1 question that I did not know how to solve (a hard probability one) and I spent 3 minutes on it, which I still thought was worth it since I kept thinking I could crack it (kind of like gambling - sucks you into it). I knew how to solve the rest (though of course I got only 49, which means anything from 3 to 10 errors).

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29 Sep 2009, 23:04
Something else I thought of is if you are running out of time on the last 10 questions or so on the Quantitative section, it makes more sense to guess and save time on DS questions. This is because with DS questions, you can eliminate answers to AD or BCE by determining if the first point is sufficient or insufficient. Conversely, for PS questions, there may be less answers that you can eliminate (with some PS questions, there really isn't an answer that you can eliminate at all). From my experience, sometimes you may not even be able to eliminate any answers for PS questions even if you get the equations right - the final answers may look wildy different from how you setup your equation. Of course, if you read a PS question quickly and can eliminate answers, then all the better.

Thoughts on guessing on DS questions versus PS questions on the last 10 questions?
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