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Four days back, I took official gmat prep test and scored 570(q-47, v-22). my verbal score in c.r(7/11), r.c(9/13) , s.c(6/17).
can somebody tell me how to improve my s.c score?. I completed mgmat sc part I.Do I need to study advanced part also. please suggest some strategies to improve s.c score.

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29 Feb 2012, 08:57
Based on what I have read in discussions in GMAT Club the MGMATSC is one of the best resource for verbal. Most of the test takers actually suggest to read this book as many times as possible till you get familiarized with all the concepts. I also noticed that after I read the Advanced part is when I was able to get the Pronouns and Comparisons right so I would suggest you to finish the advanced part of MGMAT Sc. And hey read it again and again.
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01 Mar 2012, 08:29
I read the part 1 so many times , and I am using error log for the part 1. Actually ,I am good at s.c rules and every thing, but I dont know why my s.c scores are decreasing suddenly. Is there any chance that i will improve my s.c score after reading advanced part.? I am not the guy who aiming for 700+. I targeting at 600.
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01 Mar 2012, 14:04
Maybe consider using the Aristotle sentence correction grail in helping your studies? This book is simpler to understand than the MGMAT SC nbook and may be a good book to go through before re-attempting the MGMAT sentence correction. Eventually, you will want to get to the advanced section of the MGMAT SC guide, but a current score of 6/17 on sentence correction suggests that you would probably be better served going through the basic portion again.

I myself have struggled with sentence correction, and am currently going through the basic section for a second time before I move onto the advanced section for the first time. Good luck.

Edit: Since you have spent a lot of time already going through MGMAT, maybe try going through your error log and seeing where you incorrectly applied certain rules? There's a lot that can be learned by looking at the types of mistakes that a person repeatedly makes...
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01 Mar 2012, 18:27
Yes, you need to study the advanced part. The first part is too basic.
Also, read you must complement that book with the explanations of the OG in SC.

Finally, if you are not native speaker, probably you would need to study the list of idioms.

Let me know if you have more doubts.
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01 Mar 2012, 20:53
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Four days back, I took official gmat prep test and scored 570(q-47, v-22). my verbal score in c.r(7/11), r.c(9/13) , s.c(6/17).
can somebody tell me how to improve my s.c score?. I completed mgmat sc part I.Do I need to study advanced part also. please suggest some strategies to improve s.c score.

Reading only basic part of MGMAT is really not sufficient to get a higher score. You have to even surfing in MGMAT SC at least 2-3 times.

- Can you understanding the meaning of the argument?
- Can you comprehend the flow between sentences in the argument?
- Can you recognize the category of the questions? What kind of question? => When you know which kind of question is, do you know how to solve that kind?

That all for my help.

In RC section, I have only 1 recommend: practice and read the passages actively and question carefully
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02 Mar 2012, 16:05

when I am revising errorlog I am able to find the answers for wrong s.c without applying any rules. I think I am exhausted with official guides. I need some other material to practice. what about 1000 s.c, gmat paper tests,...

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02 Mar 2012, 16:09
hi metallicafan

I am not a native speaker. Do i need to study Idioms thoroughly? I just revised the idioms as they are no more tested in the gmat.
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06 Mar 2012, 02:47
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I am not a native speaker. Do i need to study Idioms thoroughly? I just revised the idioms as they are no more tested in the gmat.
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Actually, You do not need to study Idiom thoroughly, and advance part does not include only Idiom. In the advance part, there are many things you will find interesting. MGMAT SC is typically valuable with each piece even smallest
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22 Mar 2012, 17:14
Hi TomB

I am in the same boat as you and have been trying to improve my SC score for some time now. I am clearly not an expert in this but I can tell you some pointers that I have developed myself while studying SC.

First of all, MGMAT SC is your bible. It is very thorough and I suggest you go through it and try to make your notes from it (Things that you may forget later one, some Idioms you need to practice on).

Second, now that you have gone through MGMAT SC, it is possible that you may tend to forget what you gone through, thats where your notes come in. Go through it, update your notes whenever necessary.

Third, GMAT Club forum is your lifesaver. There are tons of extra material to go through and download. For example, there are many docs on IDIOM lists, I suggest you download that and go through it. Of course, its quite frustrating to read all the idiomatic expressions all in a go. But, just take the document with you, try and read it once in a while when you are free or something. updating your knowledge like this, idioms won't be a problem anymore.

Fourth, Now that the basics are done and probably you are done with the OG on SC too, hit the forums. Dig for all types of questions you can get. One thing for SC, Practice, Practice, Practice!!! SC moves on rules, so it all depends on your application of the rules. I insist you make use of the forum materials and topics, they are great practice. especially 1000SCs.

Fifth, I recently realized that its much more faster and easier to eliminate wrong answer choices--->narrow your possible choices---->eliminate the wordy and redundant of the possible choices---> Voila!! you have your answer :D Its tricky and feels like a time waster at first, but trust me, I have improved my score using this. I promise you it will be much much easier once you have the SC rules in your head. IF you come across a question that looks clueless, the answer will most probably be staring at you in the idioms docs.

So far, this is where am at. I hope I helped.
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