Let me repeat myself and be very clear, we’re not trying to solve every question in one-minute.
The one-minute GMAT rule simply means that you allocate yourself not more than one minute to figure out if you can conclusively solve a question or if you should skip it.
The average time to solve a question on any section on the GMAT is around two minutes. If you have an idea of your plan of attack on a question within the first minute, you will most probably end up solving it within the next minute. This keeps your average time for solving a question two minutes.
If you haven’t figured out how to approach a certain question within a minute, or don’t even understand what exactly the question requires you to do, chances are you will not be reaching an answer within the next minute or so.
This is also a way to save your resource, time, to allocate them to any other questions that might need them and also help you score.
Here is a blueprint of what your approach during this one-minute should be like:
- Read the question and the answer choices properly.
- Note down what the question needs you to answer.
- Note any additional information given in the question to reach the said answer.
- Formulate a plan of attack, i.e. know which concept to use.
If you end up on point 3 at the end of the minute, taking a few extra seconds for the 4th step, i.e., formulating a plan of attack isn’t a problem. In fact, you will anyway be taking a couple seconds to make the decision of either taking a guess or skipping the question.
I would like to add though, you don’t have to be precise to the second when applying the one-minute GMAT rule. That would just end up taking more of your time. You should get a hang of what a minute feels like and use that knowledge to implement this strategy on your GMAT.
KNOW WHAT A MINUTE DURING THE GMAT FEELS LIKE
Knowing the feel of a minute on the GMAT might sound like an odd thing to do. But it is a very possible and key strategy.
Now obviously you cannot be expected to solve each and every question on the GMAT at the beginning of your prep. Take yourtime. GMAT time management strategies should be practiced during the GMAT prep but only towards the end when you have all the concepts and skills required to implement them.
If you start with practicing GMAT time management strategies from the beginning of your prep, you will end up not learning a huge chunk of the concepts and skipping over almost every question.
This is why GMAT time management strategies should be a focus only during mock tests and revisions.
To get the feel of a minute on the test, you will have to start by timing yourself on practice sets. You don’t have to solve every question on these sets yet. We just want to practice our plan of attack for these questions.
Start the stopwatch on your phone. Follow the blue-print for the one-minute GMAT rule and hit lap every time you complete step four. You might start by completing step four at the two minute or one minute thirty seconds mark but you end goal should be to bring that time down to one minute.
Once you hit lap for a question, pause the stopwatch and attempt it properly.
Remember that our end game is not to solve questions within a minute, but if you are able to do so for a few questions it’s only going to help further your goal of a 700+ GMAT score. However, you must be careful to not get carried away and drop every question that doesn’t fit this one-minute GMAT rule. There are always exceptions and you will know when you reach such a question.
Practicing this rule will also expose the concepts that you need to work more on. While practicing, don’t just forget about the questions that you decided to skip or guess on. Analyze the reasons as to why you weren’t able to figure the concepts required in those questions and work on strengthening them by practicing more.