GMAT Test Secrets? 8 tips to know…

which I totally can’t prove about the GMAT test – Part 2

GMAT Test Secrets? 8 things you need to know

Welcome back!  Last week we looked at the first 4 of my 8 totally unproven GMAT test observations. Though they’re not facts, they have helped me prepare myself and my students for the GMAT.  Just remember my caveat: I cannot prove any of these things beyond a doubt, this is not a scientific study. But, the info here has helped me navigate the vagaries of the test, and will help you too.

Early questions might be more important

Can’t prove this, but my sense here is that the first questions have more material impact on your score than the latter ones.

Don’t set a goal for yourself (unless that goal is 800)

Again, consultants and aspirants thereto: you need to exceed on the GMAT Test, as the major firms want your MBA GPA as well as your GMAT scores, mediocre won’t cut it here…

Non-consultants: the higher the score, the better your chances of (a) admission, and (b) scholarship which isn’t just money, it’s also a nice feature on your resume.

If nothing else, think of it as a warm-up for the next 1-2 years of your life as a student again.

Guessing consecutive questions can hurt you

Guessing a question means that, even if you guess strategically, you’re likely to get it wrong. That’s just a fact. I teach knowledge of the subject matter to limit the amount of guesswork you’ll have to do on the test. But inevitably, you’ll find yourself in front of a question you might consider guessing.

While guessing a question wont wreak havoc on your score. Guessing a number of consecutive questions might. So, to protect your score from plummeting

  1. Only guess if you feel outclassed completely
  2. Guess strategically by eliminating obviously wrong answers
  3. If at all possible, do not guess if you had to guess the previous two answers
  4. Which brings me to my next point, don’t put yourself into the timing-trap

The timing-trap

People come at me like “timing!!! Can’t finish on time”, but remember

  1. Terrible students leave questions unanswered. Don’t be like them
  2. Better students guess just before clock runs out. That’s better, but falls prey to the timing-trap: as per the above point, you end up having to guess too many questions consecutively!
  3. Knowing you’ll reliably run out of time for 3 questions may actually be a blessing

Hear me out: if you know you end the quant with 3 unfinished questions, that’s at least 3 questions you’ll need to guess to finish the test.

  1. Most people guess at the end when they’re out of time (timing trap), but guessing consecutive questions can hurt you as mentioned above
  2. If you’re clever though, you’ll learn to force yourself to guess questions intermittently: when you come to a question that’s time consuming / involves a weak point in your knowledge / is just plain hard, determine whether you should guess in the first 15 seconds. Knowing you’ll have to guess at least 3 times in the test is helpful. If you do decide to guess, do it fast and don’t look back, then just like that, you’ve saved nearly 2mins for yourself!
  3. So long as those 3 questions aren’t consecutive, you’ve got a strong chance of not hurting your scores as much as if you skipped the last 3 questions altogether

We have given you 8 GMAT observations you should consider when preparing for your test.  If you would like a more in depth plan to study for the GMAT contact Kapstone.  Kapstone Academics provides GMAT tutoring to help students crush their test.  Contact us to improve your score by an average of 70 points.