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GMAT Pitfalls & Tips

Before you go on to the GMAT Study Material and the Questions (using the Links to the left), here are a
Pitfalls to avoid and some Basic Strategies that will help you get a higher GMAT score.

    Double check EVERY answer for the first 10 questions

    The GMAT is an adaptive test, which means that the level of difficulty of a question changes
    depending upon your performance. The weightage of the first few questions is much higher than
    the last few questions. Many students make the mistake of treating all questions as equals.

    This is probably the most important pitfall to avoid. You need to be doubly sure about the first ten
    questions than the ones that come later, especially at the end.

    Do NOT leave any section unfinished

    The penalty for unfinished questions is much higher than incorrect answers. Do NOT become
    emotionally involved with any question. Even if you think the questions is outrageously difficult or
    outright incorrect. Just guess and move on.

    It is not simply that you will NOT get marks for each unfinished questions, on the other hand you
    are highly likely to be Penalized for leaving a section unfinished.

    You need to be very careful of this pitfall and if running short on time, take a random guess and try
    to finish the section, rather than leaving questions unmarked.

    Know that time can be your biggest enemy

    Certain questions by their very nature take more time to answer. The first step to better time
    management is to recognize these questions.

    While doing your practice tests, try to become more aware of how much time you have taken to
    answer a question. You will soon begin to develop an Internal Clock that will help you meet the
    pacing requirements of the GMAT and reduce test anxiety.

    Make good use of the Scratch Paper

    Many of the GMAT questions, in both the Verbal and the Quant sections, require use of the
    Scratch paper. Please keep in mind that you may not be able to get as much scratch paper as you
    need. Learn to confine your rough work to a minimum in order not to run into problems at the actual
    GMAT Exam.

    Compare & Discard

    This is immensely useful for the Verbal section of the GMAT Exam. While there may be a 'Perfect'
    answer to a question, it may not appear as one of the options. What you need to do is compare the
    different answer choices and choose the best one available. In fact you can usually zero down on
    two choices and discard the ones that are distinctly different from these two.

    Use Short cuts Only when necessary

    As I have explained in detail in my book 'Ways of the GMAT Winners', it is extremely important to be
    aware of all the possible shortcuts that are available to you.  However, these are to be used with
    extremely caution, especially  for the first 15 questions in each section. This is important if you
    need an overall score of 700+.

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