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June 12, 2013


Second thoughts about your first instinct

ets-logo.jpgEducational Testing Services (ETS), the company behind the TOEIC, TOEFL, and GRE tests, reports on some counterintuitive results of research on using instinct to answer multiple-choice questions.

We have all been told to go with our first instinct when studying for multiple-choice tests, but recent GRE® research shows that on average test takers increased their scores when using the capability to skip or change answers on multiple-choice questions in the Quantitative Reasoning and Verbal Reasoning sections of the GRE® revised General Test.

"The GRE revised General Test is the only admissions test that allows MBA and graduate school applicants to mark questions within a section and go back to change answers if they had second thoughts," says David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Higher Education Division at ETS. "And now we have evidence that this ability to go back to complete or change an answer may help test takers improve their score."

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