Key Guessing Tips for the GMAT Exam

Majority of GMAT applicants tend to spend myriad hours in preparing for the test by studying from various content areas to stay upbeat and be ready to answer every question confidently and accurately. Sometimes, even the most groomed and well-prepared GMAT examinees find themselves in deep trouble while having a hard time to guess on different types of GMAT questions.

So how do you tackle such a situation? This article is designed to help you through the various tips to implement a robust guessing strategy which can help you to not just earn points and get a high GMAT score but also save time while answering difficult questions during the exam. Here we bring a few tips on how and where to make a guess or jump over a question completely.

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Does Guess Work Affect Your GMAT Score? If so, how and when?

Before we tell you why guessing is important on the GMAT exam, you’d need to know how to score in the GMAT exam. In this section, we’ll focus on how your GMAT total score is being calculated. Your GMAT total score is a composition of your scaled quantitative and scaled verbal scores. Following are the three factors that help in ascertaining your GMAT score:

  • The total number of questions that you answer
  • The total number of questions which you answer correctly
  • The difficulty level of the questions which you answer

However, as part of the general norm, it’s important that you need to get through almost every question to secure a high GMAT score. This is because the GMAT exam format is computer-adaptive in nature which weighs you according to the level of difficult questions answered. Frankly speaking, guessing is certainly preferable rather than skipping a question unnecessarily. Just in case your guess is correct, you’re eligible to earn a point in that question. However, you need to be extremely careful while guessing the answer to a question. We would not advise you to make a rough guess to a question of which you absolutely have no idea which is the correct answer to the question. It is advisable to narrow down the possible answer choices to draw closer to the correct answer.

If you’re unsure of the answer to a difficult question, make an informed choice of eliminating it rather than wasting your precious exam time on analyzing it and finally making a rough guess. Don’t get wedded to a particular question. Over-thinking on a particular question not known to you can act as a challenge for you to find the correct answer and meanwhile your valuable time is lost in the process. Honestly, we would recommend you to use the saved time on another question which you can crack easily, rather than struggling badly on a particular question.

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Key Tips for Guessing or Narrowing Down your Choices:

#1: Eliminate unnecessary grammatical errors in the Verbal or AWA section: While you’re attempting the sentence correction questions in the Verbal section, you should ensure to automatically remove or rather ignore any answer choice that contains a grammatical mistake. Having said that, we intend to convey that even if you’re unsure the actual grammatical mistake in a question, scan the answer choices thoroughly for erroneous grammar. Once detected, eliminate that option from your list of a probable answer.

#2: Remove illogical answer choices/options: In the Verbal section, while you’re attempting the reading comprehension and critical reasoning questions, ensure to eliminate the illogical answer choices. Avoid falling into the trap to answers that speak about absolutes and include words like “every”, “all”, etc.

#3: Estimate the right answer to the question: While attempting the Quant section, take a quick look at the answers to the questions first. If all the answers are given in numerical values, you can try estimating the right answer to the question. Keep a close check on the questions which use the term”approximately” which could help you to estimate and detect the correct answer to the question.

As discussed above, one of the best options is to make an educated guess if you’re running out of time or stuck on a particular question. We strongly recommend to narrow down even one answer choice, which will improve your chances of getting the correct answer to a question. At the end of the day, all that matters is to get a high GMAT score and secure admission to a B-school or university of your choice.

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