Entire question wrong if sub-question is wrong?

This topic has expert replies
Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
Posts: 25
Joined: 13 Feb 2013
Thanked: 2 times
Hi there,

I am curious if the entire question is considered wrong in IR if you get a single sub-part (within a question) wrong?

Thank you

User avatar
Master | Next Rank: 500 Posts
Posts: 447
Joined: 22 Apr 2012
Thanked: 46 times
Followed by:13 members
GMAT Score:700

by hemant_rajput » Thu May 09, 2013 8:49 pm
serendipiteez wrote:Hi there,

I am curious if the entire question is considered wrong in IR if you get a single sub-part (within a question) wrong?

Thank you
No, it is not the case.
I'm no expert, just trying to work on my skills. If I've made any mistakes please bear with me.

GMAT/MBA Expert

User avatar
GMAT Instructor
Posts: 273
Joined: 21 Sep 2010
Location: Raleigh, NC
Thanked: 154 times
Followed by:74 members
GMAT Score:770

by Whitney Garner » Mon May 13, 2013 10:38 am
hemant_rajput wrote:
serendipiteez wrote:Hi there,

I am curious if the entire question is considered wrong in IR if you get a single sub-part (within a question) wrong?

Thank you
No, it is not the case.
Be careful hemant_rajput - IR is absolutely ALL or NOTHING! This means that if you're working on a question that has 3 parts (like three statements that you need to decide True/False or Yes/No for), then you must get ALL THREE RIGHT in order to get ANY credit for that question - there is NO PARTIAL CREDIT!!

Same is true for the questions that have 2 parts (the fill-in-the-blank drop down things that come with graphic interpretation problems). You have to get both right to get the question right.

The only "kindof" exception is the multiple questions for the Multi-Source Reasoning (MSR) prompts (the thing that looks a lot like RC but with tabs). Each MSR prompt can have 3 questions that accompany it (usually 1 standard Multiple Choice, and then 2 of the either/or sets). Within a single question, you have to get all of the parts right to get credit. BUT you DO NOT have to get all of the questions right to get credit for the MSR. Each question counts individually, even though they are all referencing the same info.

I hope this clears it up!
:)
Whit
Whitney Garner
GMAT Instructor & Instructor Developer
Manhattan Prep

Contributor to Beat The GMAT!

Math is a lot like love - a simple idea that can easily get complicated :)

Junior | Next Rank: 30 Posts
Posts: 25
Joined: 13 Feb 2013
Thanked: 2 times

by serendipiteez » Tue May 14, 2013 10:49 pm
Thanks Whitney. Great explanation.

Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
Posts: 1
Joined: 26 Aug 2013

by aiza » Mon Aug 26, 2013 10:04 pm
The way they have these answers formatted can make it confusing, but the INFER at the top of the answer isn't saying that the correct answer Can be Inferred, it is telling you what "type" of question they think this is (an infer question, versus say, analyze).