How to solve the questions that wrecks your GMAT score

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This article provides you the complete information about the GMAT and also about how to solve the questions that wrecks your GMAT score.

Introduction to GMAT

Whether you are giving GMAT for the first time or the third, you should know that there are some questions that can wreck your score. These questions doesn’t necessarily fall under the same section of the paper.But, before we get into the details on how to solve the questions that tend to hurt your GMAT score; let’s brush whatever we know about the exam.

GMAT or Graduate Management Admission Test is a computer based test. It evaluates students on the basis of their quantitative, writing, reasoning, and verbal scores. The test is a prerequisite for getting admission in the MBA programs of various renowned schools such as Stanford, Harvard, Yale, NYU, etc. among many others.

GMAT is the first choice of students looking to study MBA abroad. It is also one of the hardest tests to clear for admission in the popular post grad management programs. Every test taker needs to prepare well in advance for the test, focusing on the main areas and implementing ways to manage time.

In the crucial time of practice, the knowledge of questions that can ruin your exam would be of immense help. On this note, let’s go into the original discussion now.

Now we will discuss some of the questions that wrecks your GMAT score

1.If it’s your second attempt at the exam, remember the question types that ate up most of your time.  If it’s your first attempt, note the same during practice.

2.Mostly, the number of problem types where test takers tend to get stuck and face major problems are ‘three’. Here’s what happens in those questions.

3.These three questions takes up to 10 to 15 minutes. It means that a student uses up 20% of the estimated time in only 8% of the total number of questions.

4.What should have happened was that students could have used that 10-15 minutes times in solving 5 questions rather than just 3.

5.The repercussion of this act is that test takers rush by the end of exam, thus making more mistakes.

6.However, the strange fact is that even if the students answered all those questions correctly, the timing massacre would still be there.

7.To suffice, more the time spent on a question, lesser the time towards the end.

8.Now that you know the problems attached with spending more time on a particular question type, let’s see what we can do to solve it.


At the back of every practice paper, identify those key questions that take up the majority of time.

  • Allot balanced time on each section. Decide whether to attempt the question or not in the first 1 minute. Don’t get stuck over the question, even if you are 80% sure.
  • The key to efficient time management is to: not rush through. Give yourself a minimum of 2 minutes on each question, irrespective of the difficulty level.


All this must have given you a fair idea of the questions. Let’s move on to some more strategies that you should adopt while giving the exam.

Some of the strategies that you have to follow during exam

These tips are going to help you during the exam. But, be prepared they are not easy to master. So, start working on them as soon as you finish reading.

Block the inner voice

The voice inside our head, is always ON. During the exam, it goes on hyper mode. To increase the focus, you have to switch it off.

Stop in time

No matter how close you are to the answer after 3 minutes. Click next. DO NOT SPEND MORE THAN 2-3 MINUTES ON ANY QUESTION.

Use paper

Use pen and paper for rough work. Don’t fall the ‘I can do it in my head’ trick, your mind plays during exams.

Check time after every 7 questions

Stop yourself from checking the clock before 7 questions. You will become clock paranoid.

Take some moments out

It may sound silly. But, look here and there, smile, drink water, etc. once a while. Don’t keep looking at the screen forever.

These strategies, will need time to master. Be prepared for that extra dedication.

You can do it. All the Best


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