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Timing Strategies on the GMAT

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02 Nov 2009, 16:02
Thanks bb!

I did try out Walker's timer, but I favored the more-detailed recording of careless error/concept error and notes, and the highlighting of "slow" answers, which are allowed by TestGrid4GMAT. Though Walker's is more of a "quickie app," TestGrid4GMAT is more detailed in allowing me to clearly see how I got it wrong (I record the concept type in the notes: e.g., geometry, algebra, etc.), and that's certainly what I need for my error log with T-32 days and counting to D-Day!
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Thanks bb!

I did try out Walker's timer, but I favored the more-detailed recording of careless error/concept error and notes, and the highlighting of "slow" answers, which are allowed by TestGrid4GMAT. Though Walker's is more of a "quickie app," TestGrid4GMAT is more detailed in allowing me to clearly see how I got it wrong (I record the concept type in the notes: e.g., geometry, algebra, etc.), and that's certainly what I need for my error log with T-32 days and counting to D-Day!

Sounds good. You can also use this resource for OG 12 error log (again not as detailed, but it has all of the categories, etc)
gmat-club-guide-to-the-gmat-official-guide-12th-ed-85956.html
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03 Nov 2009, 12:12
Just remembered that I kept "score" for my GMATPrep test #1 on the verbal section! Here's a breakdown (again, thanks to the fantastic TestGrid4GMAT!):

Total time spent per question type--
SC: 23:07 (mm:ss)
CR: 22:21
RC: 22:32 (4 RC passages in the test, 3 passages with 3 questions, 1 passage with 4 questions)
Spare time left over at the end of the test was 07:00. (Note: the extra time wouldn't have helped me; I only flip-flopped on answering one of the questions.)

Not sure if it's what GMAC intended, but I used roughly the exact same amount of time on all three areas...

SC average amount of time per question: 01:22
CR average: 02:02
RC average: 01:44
RC average time spent answering the first question of the RC series: 02:49
RC average time spent answering each question other than the first: 01:15
RC average (deduced) time spent reading the passage: 01:33
RC average amount of time spent on each 3- or 4-question series: 05:38

For frame of reference, my score was Q42, V39, 660 total.

In summary, this demonstrates a pretty close fit to the above strategy of:
1:30 for SC
2:30 for CR
6:00 for Short Passages
8:00 for Long Passages
(Although, I would just say a flat 07:00 for each RC passage to keep it simple.)

And while I'm sure that my #s don't have universal application, I hope this data helps at least one other person sketch their Verbal timing strategy.
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09 Nov 2009, 15:02
All of this was building up towards the section I had the most problems with - reading comprehension. I knew that I needed 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 alotted time by the end.

Hi there brilliant piece of advice - Please refer to bold above as reference to my question which is:- how many passages are there in the real test then?

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09 Nov 2009, 21:02
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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 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 alotted time by the end.

Hi there brilliant piece of advice - Please refer to bold above as reference to my question which is:- how many passages are there in the real test then?

Thank you

You will see 4 passages.
Usually - 1 short, 2 medium, and 1 long, but it varies as well as the number of questions with each passage - usually 3-4.
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17 Nov 2009, 15:53
For reading comprehension, i think it just depends on the passage. The more complex passages tend to eat up my time because i have to reread the entire passage just to understand it.
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08 Dec 2009, 09:14
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Timing Strategies on the GMAT

Time-saving tools/ideas for Verbal GMAT Section
• Draw a grid on the scratch paper (A | B | C | D | E) for 5-10 questions and use it with hard verbal questions. (Make sure you do this during your break time or when the clock is not ticking). Then on the test, as soon as you eliminated an answer choice (for whatever reason, mark it on the piece of paper - esp helpful by the end of the verbal section when the brain can no longer function).
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I like the idea about drawing the grid. I usually like to just press my fingers against the screen and cover up those options that I crossed out. It helps me to do a more detail compare with the last 2 answer choice that I am left with (especially in SC). Is this a practical approach?

I also like the "3 sections" approach in the math sections. Thanks.
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08 Dec 2009, 10:38
that's some good advice. I tend to waste about 5 seconds per SC correction making the grid.
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13 Dec 2009, 15:51
I have my gmat exam tomm and still can't complete the verbal on time,what to do......................
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13 Dec 2009, 16:24
My biggest problem are long CR questions and some RC. They eat up significant amount of time just to read and understand what the question is actually asking.
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17 Dec 2009, 09:27
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My biggest problem are long CR questions and some RC. They eat up significant amount of time just to read and understand what the question is actually asking.

yes, I feel the same. For sentence that has the whole thing underlined in CR is hard. I need to work on my recognition skills.
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22 Dec 2009, 20:42
BB,

I just sent you a note about this! Thanks for explaining the strategy! I think this is an excellent idea. I keep comiing up short on my timing during my practice tests, I ususally 5-6 quanitiative questions left to guess on. Any tips on getting faster so I don't have to keep guessing? I have been practicing. Not sure how many problems to do a day? I take the test again on Jan. 15th. Thanks!
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23 Dec 2009, 04:13
Hello cccmom,

The issue you describe below it quite common. Most likely, the underlying problem is too much time per problem (average) during the quant section.

There is no problems per day solution here. Revisit the test and determine what topics in quant (graphs, geo. algebra, trig, etc) are killing your average time per problem. Figure out why you spend more time on those problems when compared with different problem types.

Blindly doing problems may help, but it's apparent you have an issue with the average of 2 mins/problem. Targeting the specific issue will yield better results.

Best of luck,

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BB,

I just sent you a note about this! Thanks for explaining the strategy! I think this is an excellent idea. I keep comiing up short on my timing during my practice tests, I ususally 5-6 quanitiative questions left to guess on. Any tips on getting faster so I don't have to keep guessing? I have been practicing. Not sure how many problems to do a day? I take the test again on Jan. 15th. Thanks!
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23 Dec 2009, 11:23
With some more practice, I am able to be closer to 2min per question for most of the question. There are just some questions I am not able to get any idea within the 2 mins that I just had to skip. I just have to review those questions after the practice test session.

Also, this is great. I always try to follow this frame when I do practice test.

Quote:
Try dividing the math part into three sections

(50 mins remaining – 12 questions done;

25 mins remaining – 25 questions done).
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23 Dec 2009, 20:56
Willbase,
That is a great idea! It will give me some indicator of where I should be. Thanks for sharing!
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25 Dec 2009, 21:05
bb, thank you!

I've almost finished MGMAT SC & PowerScore CR. Recently I had a practice with 1'45'' as up limit for each question. I did it really poor on score though I can do it much much better when I'm under no time pressure. I was trying to thinking why this happened and how should I improve this. This post thrown lights on me right on time! I wasn't re-phrasing the answers to SC nor CR. This is the critical point to score high pointed out in both MGMAT SC & PowerScore CR. It is not easy to do so for me currently, but I know I will. I must do more practice!

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28 Dec 2009, 02:19
Hello friends

I am thinking about a strategy to score something in the middle 30s on verbal.
I guess the most time consuming in this section for me is RC, so I am thinking about this strategy:

RC --> read fast just to pick up the main idea, conclusion and author's tone
SC & CR --> the same as described in BB's post (although I am spending about 1,5min in SC, I know I should speed it up)

(by doing this, on one hand I would be certain of about half of the RC questions. On the other hand I would have more time to think about the other questions)

From your experience, do you think this is a good approach regarding my objective?
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I think the best strategy in your case is to focus on taking full length tests and get comfortable working under a clock - it takes a while to get used to.

How do you think the best way for me to focus on this would be? I was thinking about taking one full length test a day until the day of just so I can get used to the timing of the test.
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I think the best strategy in your case is to focus on taking full length tests and get comfortable working under a clock - it takes a while to get used to.

How do you think the best way for me to focus on this would be? I was thinking about taking one full length test a day until the day of just so I can get used to the timing of the test.

Yep. I would guess 5 more full length tests should do the trick and get you pretty comfortable with timing. Take one question at a time (don't worry about what you did or will have to do) and focus on it for a few mins - read it a few times if you have to. Also try experimenting or one time you may want to turn off the clock and see how you do and how far you get without timing - a lot of things to do a try
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