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What to do in verbal when time is up?--need advice

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I took the GMAT and got 610 (Q48, V25)

I use a lot of time in verbal while reading the passages (in RC), therefore I generally could not do the last 7-8 questions at the end of the verbal section. (I only make a guess).

Generally there is a reading comprehension question in the last 10 questions. Since it takes much more time to read and answer the questions for the RC than SC or CR questions, I passed quickly the RC questions at the end of the verbal test (just make a guess and move on to the next SC or CR questions). Do you thing it is a good strategy?

Can I take more points by doing RC questions correctly than doing the next SC or CR questions correctly?

( I know that CAT system asks harder questions when I answred the questions correctly and the first 10 questions are very important, but how about the last 10 questions? Are the last 2-3 RC questions more valuable than the 5-6 CR or SC questions?)

What would you recommend?
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I would not recommend planning to skip any RC questions. The real effort in RC is reading & understanding the passage. If you skip the passage, you're likely to miss all of the RC questions consecutively. If you've already read the passage then you definitely don't want to skip a question, because those are the quickest to solve (you've already done the work).

I don't think there's any way to intelligently plan on skipping an RC question. If you must skip questions to get on track, you should probably skip CR or SC, whichever you are weakest in. CR usually takes longer to complete, so that may be the best type to skip. Most importantly, you should never skip two questions consecutively (unless you are completely out of time).

To answer the last detail of your question: I *believe* that all question types are weighted the same (i.e. a correct 700 level SC should award the same points as a correct 700 level CR or RC). Independent studies may show otherwise, but I haven't seen one that's scientifically accurate yet.

I'd suggest trying to improve your speed on RCs if you believe they're holding back your performance.
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1. There are easy, moderate, and difficult questions in SC, CR and RC...so doing well and scoring depends on the level of difficulty...

2. There is a severe penalty for not completing the section.. so before you take the GMAT next time, you should improve your speed and accuracy...
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Thank you for your suggestions!

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I would not recommend planning to skip any RC questions. The real effort in RC is reading & understanding the passage. If you skip the passage, you're likely to miss all of the RC questions consecutively. If you've already read the passage then you definitely don't want to skip a question, because those are the quickest to solve (you've already done the work).

I don't think there's any way to intelligently plan on skipping an RC question. If you must skip questions to get on track, you should probably skip CR or SC, whichever you are weakest in. CR usually takes longer to complete, so that may be the best type to skip. Most importantly, you should never skip two questions consecutively (unless you are completely out of time).

To answer the last detail of your question: I *believe* that all question types are weighted the same (i.e. a correct 700 level SC should award the same points as a correct 700 level CR or RC). Independent studies may show otherwise, but I haven't seen one that's scientifically accurate yet.

I'd suggest trying to improve your speed on RCs if you believe they're holding back your performance.
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