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Pacing and Strategy on the GMAT for High Scorers

In the video below I list the key elements that one need to keep in mind as far as proper pacing is concerned for high scorers on the GMAT. In this particular video, I am only addressing students who would score in the 85th percentile and higher on the GMAT. The trajectory of a computer adaptive test is different depending on the level at which you are performing on the exam, and in the future I will create a separate video for students that are scoring at other levels. 

Reader Comments (6)


Though I know these things very well, carved in my mind, is really good to refresh them and repeat over and over again to be prepared.

Thanks, again.


June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarcass


It is easy to get carried away in the exam and commit too much time on a single question. I agree that it pays to review these basic timing strategies from time to time.


June 11, 2013 | Registered CommenterGMATQuantum

Thanks for laying it out all so clearly: reminds me to get all the easy questions right first!

I saw your reply from FAQ, purchased the Question Pack 1 and did a timed set of 37 Quant questions. This is what I got:

CORRECT (27 / 37): EASY (10/11) ; MEDIUM (10/13) ; HARD (7/13)

Would I be situated close to a Q45 with this score? I have 2 weeks until D-Day, and am aiming for a Q50: I still have the 4 GMATPrep Software Exams and about 70% questions from the Question Pack 1 left to practice.

Are the questions labelled "Hard" in the software generally Q45 or above? What other sources of questions would u recommend for a Q50? I have the technique down, but need a roadmap to see where I currently am. Please let me know.


September 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTheGryffin


It is hard to predict what your performance would translate to in terms of a scaled score, however Q45 is a good guess.

I would not save the GMATPrep tests for the end, because then there is no time to correct the course. These tests give you a very realistic experience of what the real exam would be like, which is extremely stressful. I know from experience of other students that strange things can happen in the exam, and it is best to get very comfortable with the entire test experience prior to taking the real test. So go ahead and take the GMATPrep Test 1 and Test 2 in the next week or so. Use the results to modify your preparation.

The hard questions in GMATPrep Question Pack 1 would generally be Q45 or above, or rather in percentile one can expect them to be 75% or higher. This is just a guess because GMAT writers don't disclose the statistics of individual questions. Other than that for Q50, I would recommend the questions in the GMATPrep database, there are about 700 questions. Practice with them after you have taken the Test 1 and Test 2 in the software. Also, GMATFocus is a good source of hard questions, it has its drawbacks but it is still a very useful tool. Also, to push one's score to Q50 and Q51, dealing with advanced problems can also be useful. Please read the following blog post that I wrote: Advanced Problems for GMAT test takers targeting Q50/Q51.


September 13, 2014 | Registered CommenterGMATQuantum

Without Dabral, I would not have gone from 570 to 680 in 2 months. I watched his videos endlessly and followed up with his tutoring sessions within the final 3 weeks before the GMAT.

December 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAS

Thank you for such a superb review. Wish I had seen your videos before. There is a mention about a separate video for students that are scoring at other levels- where could I find this video?

January 2, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPreeti

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