GMAT General Testing Tips – Verbal and Quantitative Sections

The verbal and quantitative sections of the GMAT may test different skills, but there are certain general considerations that an individual taking the GMAT might want to keep in mind while taking the exam. First, the most important thing to remember about any section of the GMAT is that each section is timed and you will be penalized for not completing the section in the time allowed. As a result, it is important for you to realize how much time you are spending while attempting to answer a particular question and, if you are taking too long, make your best guess and move on. It is better to answer every question for each section, even if you are unsure about your answers for some of the questions, than to receive the large penalty to your score that comes with not completing the entire exam.


Secondly, if you are having a problem with a particular question, it is important to take a deep breath, attempt to relax, and try to eliminate any of the choices that you know are definitely wrong. For example, if the question is asking you what “is the sum of 5 + 3,” you can certainly eliminate the option that says the answer is 2. Obviously, the questions on the exam will not be this simple, but you can greatly increase your chances of guessing the right answer, if you can’t solve the problem outright, simply by throwing out the choices that are ridiculous or that you believe are incorrect.

Finally, even though the test is timed, it is important to try to read each question carefully and give yourself enough time to at least try to solve the problem. Usually, you should expect to have no more than a minute and half to two minutes to answer each question, but you should use the full two minutes if you need it and any additional time you have if you have made your way through the other questions in the section quickly. Basically, your ultimate goal should not be to rush through the exam, but rather to manage your time wisely.