Is Guessing a good GAMSAT Strategy?
Have you heard of negative marking? This is where when you get a question wrong you’re penalised and you lose a mark.
Luckily GAMSAT doesn’t follow this type of marking, and with almost 200 hundred multiple choice questions divided between Sections 1 and 3 , luckily this isn’t the case!
The percentage chance of guessing “just” 158 multiple questions right every time is 1/ 2.7 x 10 to the power of 110. Compare this with the fact that there is about a 1/ 775,000 chance of being struck by lightning, and it’s not unrealistic to say that you will never guess all the correct answers. So is there a point in guessing all 185 GAMSAT MCQs?
The fact is that, like it or not, you will probably have to guess at least a few. And believe it or not that is actually a sound strategy. If you try to muddle through every question then you are likely to run out of time. While you might be a whizz at the Humanities and Reasoning section, you might be dismal at the Physical and Biological sciences. Even if you’re great at both of these sections you’ll still have some questions that you find easy and some far too difficult.
The trick to “calculated guessing”
is to first of all leave problem questions until last. Focus your energy on getting the easier questions right first. When you have time to go back to your previous questions you can lessen the odds a bit more in your favour by eliminating answers that seem totally incorrect. Hopefully this will only leave about 2 options and from there if you really have no idea then please guess!
No negative marking means that even if you get the answer wrong you still stand at least a 1 in four if not one in two chance of being right. Just don’t let those problem questions ruin your timings to answer the rest. And based on the statistics above you’d be better off being a professional Lotto player than guessing every answer!