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**When you are Stuck on a Question on GMAT**

In this video, you will be introduced to the approach you should take when you are stuck on a question on the GMAT. e sure to follow the guidelines as the same will help you deliver an optimum performance on the GMAT.

When you are Stuck on a Question on the GMAT

One of the most important parts of an effective GMAT-taking strategy is knowing when to let a question go. You will face immense time pressure on the GMAT and, beyond a certain point, continuing with a question is more likely to harm your GMAT attempt than to help it. In this short video, we will cover how to deal with questions that are taking too long, on the GMAT.

When you are Stuck

Please do not stick to any one GMAT question for too long, no matter how deeply invested you are. Do not fall prey to the sunk cost fallacy, and think that if you have already spent two-and-a-half minutes working on a question, you have to finish it or the time will be wasted. This is not a good approach to take on the GMAT, wherein you must be very judicious with your time. If you have spent more than two minutes on a question and still not found the answer, then mark an answer randomly and move on; easier questions are waiting for you. Remember, do not worry too much about how you do on each question, as you can score in the 99th percentile, even if you get about 20% of the questions wrong. Thus, it is more important that you complete the exam.

Some useful Tips

If you are marking a DS question randomly, mark C, not E. Remember, "Question cannot be answered" is not the same thing as "I cannot answer the question". In the case of sentence correction questions, mark the shortest answer choice. Of course, you may have already eliminated that option, by the time you come to guessing. If so, go for the shortest among the remaining answer choices. Conversely, in RC and CR questions, go for the longest among the remaining answer choices. In PS questions, try to find an answer choice that is "0", as this option has been observed to have a slightly higher likelihood of being correct.

Above all, however, you must keep in mind that these tips are not the main strategy points for answering GMAT questions; they are only for situations where you have exhausted the possibility of determining a definitive answer and must resort to guesswork.

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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