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22 Sep 2018, 07:49
Usually most of the prep companies and forums advocate for 15 mins for last 9 questions on Verbal..

I usually track my pace and look at clock every 15 mins, however in one of the test i was pressed for time and had only 12 mins to complete 10 questions. I also keep RC tracker and noticed 1 RC is pending..so possible cases in my mind were
3 RC, 4/5 SC and 3/2 CR as most of the CR questions have been attempted previously... Most of the questions were thrown at 700 or above 650 level at this time...since i was pressed for time, this took my concentration and got a series of wrongs...RC came in the last 5 questions( Question 31 to 34), somehow managed as passage was small...so out of 10 questions i had 4 consecutive wrongs as i was pacing higher since i thought RC takes time , will concentrate there...

The entire series of incorrect answers dragged my Verbal score considerably..and hence this question...How do we need to pace? Moreover read somewhere that last 5 questions even if you mark incorrect does not impact score much as algorithm has already framed your score by the time you reach Question number 31..only thing is that you need not miss the questions as it has dire consequences ....

I am sure many of you have experienced similar situations...Once you start scoring in above 650 range questions sometimes you step off the track, what best we can do apart from practise...Understand practise can make one faster but is there any strategy you would recommend?
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Checking the clock every 15 minutes is problematic, since it requires you to keep checking the clock.
Alternatively, if you check the clock every 5 questions, it's much easier to stay on track.

Here's our video covering this strategy:

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22 Sep 2018, 10:54
GMATPrepNow wrote:
Checking the clock every 15 minutes is problematic, since it requires you to keep checking the clock.
Alternatively, if you check the clock every 5 questions, it's much easier to stay on track.

Here's our video covering this strategy:

Thanks GMATPrepNow

I tried this approach as well but it distracts a lot as you are pressurised to maintain the speed..With 15mins interval it gives me a good judgement of the score...

However my question is more situation specific...as you would agree once you start scoring better you tend to get higher level questions and you need time and concentration to attend them, however flip side is you deviate with your timing...so there is a situation where i have close to 12 mins and 10 questions left, how best to proceed given 1 RC passage is on the way..

This issue is not specific to me but would be common with many gmat takers... When pressed for time you tend to get distracted at the end, if such type of hypothetical scenarios come, how best to tackle them...how can we keep ourself motivated enough till the last counting minutes...VIdeo talks about lengthy CR, i would agree but what if i get another lengthy CR again...do we need to guess?

Understand these are not simple questions but definitely strategic ones... Idea is not to beat the system but to be prepared to face any such timing related unknowns that may come on the test date...

Help would be appreciated, expect some good discussion/suggestions around the same
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pk123 wrote:
GMATPrepNow wrote:
Checking the clock every 15 minutes is problematic, since it requires you to keep checking the clock.
Alternatively, if you check the clock every 5 questions, it's much easier to stay on track.

Here's our video covering this strategy:

Thanks GMATPrepNow

I tried this approach as well but it distracts a lot as you are pressured to maintain the speed..With 15mins interval it gives me a good judgement of the score...

However my question is more situation specific...as you would agree once you start scoring better you tend to get higher level questions and you need time and concentration to attend them, however flip side is you deviate with your timing...so there is a situation where i have close to 12 mins and 10 questions left, how best to proceed given 1 RC passage is on the way..

This issue is not specific to me but would be common with many gmat takers... When pressed for time you tend to get distracted at the end, if such type of hypothetical scenarios come, how best to tackle them...how can we keep ourself motivated enough till the last counting minutes...VIdeo talks about lengthy CR, i would agree but what if i get another lengthy CR again...do we need to guess?

Understand these are not simple questions but definitely strategic ones... Idea is not to beat the system but to be prepared to face any such timing related unknowns that may come on the test date...

Help would be appreciated, expect some good discussion/suggestions around the same

The thing is that we want to avoid (at all costs) having only 12 mins to answer 10 questions. As I mention in the video, the scoring algorithm punishes you (A LOT) for getting several incorrect answers in a row, and having 12 mins to answer 10 questions pretty much guarantees having several incorrect answers in a row.

Regarding your specific question, IF you have such limited time to answer 10 questions, you need to work with YOUR strengths so that you maximize the number of questions you can correctly answer. If CR is your worst question type, skip some of them. If SC is your worst question type, skip some of them. Etc

Getting back to your response (I tried this approach as well but it distracts a lot as you are pressured to maintain the speed), you should keep in mind that both approaches (mine and yours) involve some anxiety-producing pressure (unless you enjoy having 12 minutes to answer 10 questions ). The question you need to ask is "Which approach will maximize my score?" That is all that matters.
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22 Sep 2018, 16:33
Hi pk123,

Many Test Takers face pacing problems while dealing with either the Quant or Verbal section (or both). Pacing problems don't exist on their own though - they're the results of OTHER problems. The logical place to start would be look at your Tactics and 'process' (how you read prompts, take notes, etc.).

1) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical RC, SC or CR prompt?

Beyond those details, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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