How to Increase Speed for GMAT?

Mental agility or speed is quickness and flexibility in thinking combined with balance and coordination. It is the key to success in GMAT test. Speed comes with a risk of decline in accuracy. Even the best minds have a speed limit by which they can solve difficult questions with a high degree of accuracy. Difficult questions are like speed breakers on a highway. You have to learn to maneuver them without losing the steady pace. A candidate who can balance speed with accuracy can take the challenge of the GMAT test.

Understanding time factor

In the quantitative section, you have to attempt 37 questions in 75 minutes. That is approximately 2 minutes per question. Some questions may take you longer; others much less. Aim to solve easy questions under a minute. This will leave excess time to solve those which are difficult.

In the verbal section, you have 75 mins for 41 questions. This gives you 1.83 minutes per question.  However, some of these questions involve Reading Comprehension passages that may take longer time to read and comprehend.

Sentence correction and critical reasoning require much less time to think and answer. For those who struggle with verbal questions, the time may be insufficient. The solution here is to enhance speed-reading skills and practicing tricky grammatical examples.

How to enhance speed

(1) Devise a strategy for every type of question.

A steady mind is a ready mind. When you are thorough and familiar with various kinds of question you will have the right prescript to answer any type of question. You save time as you have a head start.

(2) A panacea for panic

If a question confounds you don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Do some parallel thinking. Think obliquely. Some answers are found in serendipity. Hone your thinking skills by a pre-test regimen. Practice makes one perfect.

(3) Zero in on the problem area

Systematically study and analyse questions that confuse you from every angle. Recognise patterns and shortcuts. Keep a tab on the errors that you commit during the practice tests. Once you have understood one question, go to other similar questions until you have mastered and overcome the problem area. Familiarity breeds confidence.

(4) Don’t waste time checking/ re-checking. You only have 2 minutes per question in the quantitative section and 1.83 minutes in the verbal section. Take a calculated risk and just move forward. Regular practice tests will give you enough confidence and an instinctive feel of the right answer.

(5) Don’t be obsessed with a question. Be like a gambler who knows when to quit when the going gets good. If you obsessed with solving a particular questing at any cost it will cost you your valuable time. Let it go and ove on to questions you can crack easily.

1 Comment
  1. Donovan fopay 3 weeks ago

    Hi, I appeared for GMAT on 11-Sep, and was quite disappointed with a score of 600 ( Q 48, V 25) I gave all adaptive tests from Manhattan Gmat, and I never scored a scaled score below 35 in Verbal in all the 6 tests.I don’t know what went wrong on the he D-day. Anyways I am planning to appear for the second time at the end of Nov, and am putting all my efforts into Verbal. What I have noticed in my practice tests is that, if I don’t hurry to answer any question in Verbal, I get almost 90% correct ( be it RC, SC or CR ), but what I have noticed that I reach only the h or h question when I have only 10 mins to go. So then I run through the last 15 questions or so in the last 10 mins and get most of them wrong. I know that 10 mins is enough to answer correctly at least 4 out of the left over 15 question, but my mind doesn’t remain calm. So I can’t concentrate then. Later, when I revise the test, I find that the left over 15 questions were easy, and I could have got at least 12 of it as correct, provided I had time. Hence, what I find is that my accuracy is good, but I am not able to solve the questions fast. Could you please suggest me any strategy as to how I can overcome this ? Another question – Last time while appearing for GMAT I bought and solved manhattan gmat all 6 practice tests. This time I want to buy some other vendor. Do you have any suggestion any vendor to practice the full length tests? I want to have more challenging verbal questions Thanks Regards Kusumita.

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