Tips for deciphering ambiguous GMAT questions

GMAT, a competitive examination, is something that many candidates aspire to crack. It is the key to further and foreign education, and hence has many aspirants. Those who have attempted or successfully completed the GMAT tend to honour GMAT and it’s questions with the description of many adjectives,ranging from easy to difficult, andfrom smooth to frustrating. But the word least used as an adjective for any of the questions is ‘clear’. The framing of most of the questions is so twisted and entangled that it appears to be in an illegible foreign langue instead of English. Confusing as they are, the questions are specifically and intentionally framed in that manner. So candidates must be aware that the questions are deliberately framed in that certain way, and done so for a reason.

Candidates most often find the questions intimidating because of they way they are framed. Interpretation of the question and it’s meaning is where the twist usually lies. Naturally, there can be no two possible answers for any of the questions, as the examination is multiple choice in nature. Hence, it is up to the candidate to figure what exactly is being asked, and then answer it appropriately.

An obstacle often faced by most of the candidates is that they get so lost in deciphering and simplifying the questions that they never reach a conclusion. In the process of which they have wasted time as well as not answered the question. The first step to avoid this is believing that every question can be broken down to a simple relatable question. While not always easy, it is definitely possible. It is a long-winding extensive method of simplification. However, the unwinding is quite typical.The pattern is quite decipherable with practise and preparation. It can be figured out from practice books and past papers. Practising this definitely helps in doing the same on the final day of the examination.

The questions often make or require minor assumptions, and equally as often, they don’t affect the final answer as much as a person might assume. The most challenging part of the problem, however, is realising what exactly is being asked. Since the format is multiple choice, scanning the answer choices will definitely head the candidate in a specific direction. This will help the final step to be clear, even if the method remains somewhat ambiguous. The candidate can then chart out a method to reach the final step.

These are some tips that they candidate can definitely apply to approach the ambiguous of the GMAT questions.


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