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GMAT Time Management Made Simple

August 9, 2019


Erika here with PrepScholar GMAT
we’ve talked a lot about the importance of time management in previous videos
but today we’re gonna make it simple by breaking it down by the numbers as
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description let’s jump right in on the quant section you need to answer
37 questions in 75 minutes that’s just over 2 minutes per question on the
verbal it’s 41 questions in 75 minutes that’s just under one minute 50 seconds
per question now different questions will take different amounts of time for
verbal you need to prioritize questions with passages since they take much
longer to read sentence correction questions are where you should save the
most time since they don’t have passages aim for one to one-and-a-half minutes
per question on critical reasoning passages are short but there’s only one
question per passage which means each question involves reading time aim for
one and a half to two minutes for a passage and its associated question
reading comprehension is the most complicated to time because each passage
has three to four questions spend two to three minutes reading the passage
upfront focusing on introductory and conclusion sentences and paragraphs as
well as skimming for keywords to target other important ideas then spend one to
two minutes per question rely on your initial skim to answer general questions
quickly and then spend more time on specific questions that require going
back to the passage to hunt for details in general aim for six to eight minutes
in total for a passage and all of its questions for quant timespend on
different kinds of questions is going to depend on you some students find data
sufficiency much more time-consuming than problem solving while others go
faster because they don’t need to fully solve the problem other students vary
more due to skill tested than due to question type know yourself and time
your questions accordingly so how can you keep on track especially when you’re
spending pretty different amounts of time on each question the trick is to
check the clock every few questions by establishing checkpoints
since you’re spending about two minutes per question on quant you can check
after five questions to see if you’re ten minutes in at ten questions you
should be twenty minutes in and so on for verbal you can check every six
questions to see if you’re another eleven minutes in now if that’s too
complicated approximate checkpoints work too at 13 questions you’re about 1/3
done on either section so you should be about 1/3 through your time or 25
minutes in at 26 questions you’re about 2/3 done so you should be about 2/3
through your time or 50 minutes in okay so what if you check in and you’re
behind schedule if you’re taking too long
start using the timer for individual questions when you get a particularly
hard question give yourself one minute for process of elimination guess from
the remaining answer choices and then move on this ensures you’ll finish the
section and it saves time for the questions you’re more likely to get
correct once you’re back on track you can go back to occasional check-ins with
the timer if you have any questions on what we talked about today or
suggestions for future videos please leave us a comment below thanks for
watching and happy GMAT studies

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7 Comments

  • Reply Aneet Singh Chadha February 24, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    How about using stopwatches from your wrist watch? Possible to time each question then.

  • Reply vikram singh chauhan March 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Sentence correction is killing me , have Read Manhattan guide , did many questions n damn still cant have a 90% accuracy

  • Reply Shekhar Thapaliya July 2, 2018 at 3:08 am

    Does setting syop watch in each questiom work ? I mean literally spend 1.5 min on the clock & no more that that

  • Reply Afina M T August 13, 2018 at 11:57 am

    should I answer every question? Can I pass the question, move on to another question but back to the previous question later? thank you

  • Reply Madoka Furuhashi September 16, 2018 at 1:34 am

    I struggle to manage time in Verbal. I need 2 mins even for sentence correction and more than 3mins for others. What is your advice to shorten the time taken?

  • Reply totemoureshii October 23, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Thanks for sharing!
    How about the new time management advice after the change since April 2018?

  • Reply Mohit Singh April 10, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    My situatiom is bit different.. I tend to solve CR in under a minute and at time overs 3 minutes for a SC question

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