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# Timing Strategies on the GMAT [Master Thread]

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11 Oct 2017, 03:27
Hi!

Can anyone please explain how drawing a grid on the scratch paper (A | B | C | D | E) helps save time on the Verbal section?

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30 Dec 2017, 04:13
arjun51 wrote:
Hi!

Can anyone please explain how drawing a grid on the scratch paper (A | B | C | D | E) helps save time on the Verbal section?

Thanks,
Arjun
A grid can help keep you focused on the options that you haven't eliminated. Not everyone uses it though. For example, someone who is used to working very fast through a section might feel that using a grid actually slows him or her down.
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02 Jan 2018, 04:55
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Can you advise on what timing strategies do you suggest to students for efficiently practicing in mocks?
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02 Jan 2018, 09:28
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Can you advise on what timing strategies do you suggest to students for efficiently practicing in mocks?
Our default time management strategy involves being a little more aggressive in SC. Beyond this, we work with individual students to fine tune their approach once they develop a feel for the question types and we get a better idea about their strengths and weaknesses.
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09 Jun 2018, 01:38
hi bb,

can you revise this post according to he new gmat format?
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05 Jul 2018, 10:42
Hi BB,

Request you to please update timing strategies as per latest GMAT changes. thanks.
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18 Jul 2018, 21:34
This topic has been updated with the strategy and tips for the new 2018 revised GMAT test format.

Thank you!
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01 Sep 2018, 01:09
Scoopdewoop wrote:
Thank you for this strategy. I adapted it a little to make it simpler. For both quant/verbal, I aimed to finish question 8 with 50 min left and question 15 with 30 min left. I just felt like that minimized any major timing issues and simplified the process for me.

Simpler is always better!
Great debrief by the way! Congratulations on your 740!

https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-debrief ... 74651.html

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25 Nov 2018, 10:02
I am having trouble in managing time in difficult quant questions particularly in DS questions. I divide my entire test into slots and check the clock accordingly. But in a few difficult questions, I spend more than 3 minutes unknowingly and sometimes don't even solve them correctly. How can I keep track of time for individual questions?
In Verbal RC is screwing up my time plan. I am not able to slot my test because of the RCs; we dont know when we will get them. Can someone please help me with the same?
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26 Nov 2018, 08:22
Is it true that for the verbal section every question that is left unanswered in the end (due to lack of time) is as good as a wrong answer and hence no penalty?
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14 Apr 2019, 09:41
Hi bb,

If I choose Verbal as my first section, will I have enough time to write A B C D E before the exam starts?
I have the habit of writing A B C D E for all 36 questions and it helps score better.

Please shed some light on this so that I can prepare my timing strategy before the exam.
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14 Apr 2019, 12:22
teja8341 wrote:
Hi bb,

If I choose Verbal as my first section, will I have enough time to write A B C D E before the exam starts?
I have the habit of writing A B C D E for all 36 questions and it helps score better.

Please shed some light on this so that I can prepare my timing strategy before the exam.

Absolutely. You will get the instructions and other waiting time opportunities. Choice of section should not impact your timing strategy.

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12 May 2019, 09:38
Hi bb

don't you think this part needs to be updated
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All of this was building up towards the section I had the most problems with - reading comprehension. I knew that I needed 0:45 x 15 for SC's, 1:30 x 14 for CR's and that left 40 minutes for RC, which meant I could spend 10 minutes per passage. I would read the passage very carefully and spend probably 5-6 minutes doing and not feeling rushed as I knew I could read any passage in that period of time. After finishing the text, I knew I had 1 minute for each question so I did not need to rush either. On the Verbal, I did not really keep track of the clock when moving from question to question, but I would note the time when I start the RC passage and made sure I did not go over the 10 min interval by the end.

As new format has

(a) RC: 13-14 (4 passages)
(b) SC: 12-13
(c) CR: 9-10
(d) PS: 17-18
(e) DS: 13-14
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