High GMAT scorers tend to treat an incorrect answer as a crime scene. They are the detectives and they must analyze every clue, from exactly what thoughts were going through their heads the moment they missed the question to the way in which the GMAT has created the answer choice – both the correct option and the incorrect ones.
For these types, reviewing a test is not a quick process in which they slap their foreheads, thinking, “I shouldn’t have missed that one.” Rather, they analyze in detail why they made a careless mistake. They even look at questions they correctly answered, if they weren’t 100% sure.
From this process, high scorers internalize lessons so that they will not make similar mistakes in the future. They also learn to think the way that GMAT “thinks”. That is, they look for patterns to correct answers and notice patterns to incorrect answer choices. That way, when it comes down to two very similar answer choices, they don’t just trust their gut – or outright panic. They arrive at an answer based on logic, and familiarity with the test.
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