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# What to do with 10 questions and 10 minutes left ?

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15 Aug 2013, 02:11
Hey guys , I have been practicing GMAT for a while I even took a test month ago and got 640 (q 48/84%,v 31/63%) I know my verbal score sucks and my quantitative was not the best at the test date so I am going to retake the test . That's some general info about me , now for the topic ,

I often find my self during practice test stuck with roughly 10 questions with only say 10-12 minutes left ,( mostly on my verbal of course but sometimes with my quantitative section too ) so I can't figure out what is the best strategy to finish the test .

Option A : to try to solve 5 questions with 2 minutes each and guess rest of the questions
or Option B : to try solve all 10 questions with skimming strategy .

( I am thinking to follow Option A , but am not sure whether it is the best way to maximize the score)

Please i need to hear your thoughts/arguments and any other Options/strategies for the case , i think that would be helpful to all of us.
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15 Aug 2013, 04:15
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My best performance on quant is when I forgot the clock, relaxed, and didnt care about timing. I had to guess on the last 5 and got a 48, thinking I had done terribly. Another time I was right on schedule, answered all questions and got a 38. Once you have 5 questions left, the test already knows your level- your not changin their mind or jumping up in points heavily. Verbal is different. You need to work on timing for verbal as missing can be detrimental. After I started using lsat questions as practice, the gmat verbal seemed like a child's test and I ran through it.. Try that approach maybe

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15 Aug 2013, 04:22
Best situation is to plan better, and not be in this situation.

That said, if you do find yourself there, i would "guess" at all of them, after taking a quick look and seeing what I can eliminate. Leaving questions blank is worse than guessing - at least with guessing, you have a chance.
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15 Aug 2013, 09:26
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Try to do alternate questions, this way the already reached score level would be maintained.
If you do 1st 5 and guess rest 5, in worst case a series of wrong answers would severely affect your score.

For ex. do 32, 34, 36, 38, and 40, guess 33,35,37,39,41
But do remember to guess 41, so that you don't get penalty for not completing the test.
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16 Aug 2013, 01:19
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Try to do alternate questions, this way the already reached score level would be maintained.
If you do 1st 5 and guess rest 5, in worst case a series of wrong answers would severely affect your score.

For ex. do 32, 34, 36, 38, and 40, guess 33,35,37,39,41
But do remember to guess 41, so that you don't get penalty for not completing the test.

yeah i think that is the best way , thanks
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20 Aug 2013, 03:04
that's weird, i took the gmat with q48 and v29, yet i have the same scores as you???

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31 Aug 2013, 02:52
laserglare wrote:
that's weird, i took the gmat with q48 and v29, yet i have the same scores as you???

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maybe you had higher percentiles ? !
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31 Aug 2013, 03:00
If I have remaining questions, I will either know how to approach it right away or not. If I know how to do it quickly, I will go ahead because at least you know it will most likely correct. If I do not know it right away, I just take a quick guess and go on to the next one. I agree with everyone else that the last few questions don't count as much towards your final score.
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