ADVICE ON TAKING THE GMAT TEST

Guessing
If you must guess the answer to a question, try to eliminate at least one answer choice, rather than just randomly guess. This improves the chances - the 'odds'. In most questions, at least one answer choice will be obviously wrong. Eliminate it, then guess if you need to .

Look out for easy answer choices
Test-writers like to tempt you with plausible but wrong answer choices. So, remember
. -For problem solving questions, wrong-answer choices typically reflect common calculation errors. To avoid this:
use your pencil and scratch paper
check your calculations
establish the general size of the numerical value that answers the question
. -Verbal section questions often include a best response and a second-best response. So, don't rush to select an answer until you've read all the choices! .

Pace yourself
Be sure that you have enough time to consider every available question. Check your pace after every 10 questions (three times during a section). Pay attention to where you are in the test, the number of questions that remain in a section, and the amount of time you have left. You will have 75 minutes for 37 quantitative questions and 75 minutes for 41 verbal questions. That's about 2 minutes for each quantitative question 1 3/4 minutes for each verbal question If you do not know the answer to a question, or it's too time-consuming to figure out, guess. You cannot skip a question and go back to it, or change your answer once you have moved on to the next question. For the Analytical Writing Assessment, you will have 30 minutes to compose each of two essays.

Start slowly
The difficulty level of your test questions will be based on the correctness of your responses to first ones. If you answer the first questions wrongly the testing system will immediately move you down the scale of difficulty, and your reward for easier questions is less than for more difficult questions. If � for example through carelessness on the early questions- you give the testing system the impression that you're incapable of answering difficult questions correctly, you'll disadvantage yourself on the test.

Don't aim to be perfect
Again � don't be a perfectionist. The design of the test may encourage this attitude, because the reward for correct answers to difficult questions is greater than for easier questions. But aiming to be perfect may reduce the number of questions that you attempt, and lower your score

'Attack' every question
Do not become casual. Retain your concentration throughout. To score high on the test, think about each and every question fully .

Do your calculations on paper
On the quantitative section, only do the simplest calculations in your head; write down everything else. Under time pressures it's too easy to make careless mental errors in manipulating numbers, equations etc


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