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# Timing suggestions/guidelines for each Question Type

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22 Mar 2006, 14:37
Hey Guys,
I know this is talked about a bit in the study books, but I'd like to hear the guidelines on timing you all try to stick to for each question type - PS, DS, CR, SC and RC. Lately, I'm shooting for around 2 min per question when doing my practice questions. Which is probably why I'm rushing through and guessing on the last 5 questions in practice tests... And do you stick to these time limits during practice Q's as well?

I know this is very specific to each person's strengths but I am interested in your guidelines, if you have any.
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22 Mar 2006, 15:54
Personally, the 2-minute rule of thumb worked out very well for me. All I had to do was check the time remaining against the number of questions remaining, and I was good. in fact, I never fell below the 2-minute-per-remaining-question pace, and that helped me stay calm and comfortable.

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22 Mar 2006, 19:16
I would essentially be repeating the info in my PR books, and well, I don't get paid to do that like they do! So I honestly (and respectfully) suggest you put those strategies to the test and really work them to see what works for you. It can be very individualized, but in general I found the PR strategies to be very effective.
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25 Mar 2006, 12:56
i've heard one strategy that seemed to work - divide the test and time into 3s. Meaning - give yourself 25 mins to do 1/3 of the test, but give yourself a little more time for the first 3rd and less for the last 3rd because the initial problems are worth more. I used this as well as a general 2 mins per problem within that frame to keep me on track within each 3rd and it worked well for me. I finished both sections just on time. The best thing is to take lots of practice tests, you'll develop a sense for where you are in the test and whether you're on pace or not. This is especially usefull in the Verb section because it is a little tricky. The RC sections throw you're timing off with all the reading. But if you keep pace on the questions themselves you'll do fine.
25 Mar 2006, 12:56
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