When you run short of time on GMAT…

This video tells you what to so when you run short of time on GMAT. Be sure to follow the guidelines as the same will help you score better on the GMAT.

When You Run Short of Time on the GMAT

It is often said that even the best-laid plans go astray. No matter how well you prepare for your GMAT and how well you moderate your time, there is always the possibility that you will be unable to complete it in time. You might just have an off day or suffer from a stroke of bad luck. Such situations are only natural and do not necessarily mean that you cannot get a good score. In this short video, we will cover how to proceed when you run short of time on the GMAT.


First and foremost, remember that on the GMAT, the penalty for not completing the test is greater than the penalty for getting the last few questions wrong. Thus, you must ensure that you answer every question, even if you have to employ guesswork to do so. Even if you have to mark questions blindly during the last few seconds of the test, that is all right. That having been said, there are still a few tricks that you can employ to increase your chances of getting the right answer. If you are forced to choose randomly, pick the shortest answer choice on the SC questions and the longest one on the RC and CR questions. Statistically, these are just a bit more likely to be correct.


In the most extreme of cases, you might simply not be able to answer all of the questions. In this situation, you will have strategically skip some questions to maximize the number that you can get to. In the verbal section, you can skip one RC, to have more time for the questions that follow. In the quant section, you can skip around three lengthy to read questions. In the IR, it would be best for you to skip a multi-source reasoning question.

It must be stressed, at this point, that these strategies are emergency strategies, only to be applied if you feel that you will not be able to complete the GMAT, otherwise. Do not use the tricks related to answer choice length as a general guideline while normally solving questions, and never skip a question, unless you absolutely have to. These are back-up, damage control strategies.

This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to Experts' Global's Stage One videos.

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