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13 Jul 2012, 10:36
I am less than 1 month away from my exam.

MY SC reference:

MGMAT Verbal Fundamental
MGMAT SC Guide
Material prepared by a local instructor
VR2
OG12
OG13

After referring all of the above, and reading lot of posts, strategies, and blog posts, i attempted OG12 Q's from the end to start.
These 10 Q's are the ones which i answered wrong in my previous attempt.
I answered all of them wrong and took 14 seconds to answer
I m very disappointed and frustrated.
I know about meaning clarity, logic etc but i was not able to apply or was not able to identify the core problem with sentence.
I am non native speaker.

Though i can answer medium and easy SC questions with close to 90% accuracy, i am kinda giving up on hard SC Q's
Is there any hope of improving SC in say 20-25 days?
What am i missing and how can i improve?
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13 Jul 2012, 12:57
As long as only the last few SC questions OG 12 give you trouble, then you should probably be in okay shape. You still have approximately one month to study for SC, so that leaves plenty of time to improve. It's perfectly fine to acknowledge that there is a problem, but please don't hide from this challenge. Not only will this outlook impede progress on SC, but it might actually creep into other areas of the GMAT as well. Be honest with yourself, but stay positive. Try to gauge where exactly you start to struggle and work on that level until you're ready to advance to harder questions. Here is a decent directory.

bgs4gmat wrote:
i attempted OG12 Q's from the end to start.
These 10 Q's are the ones which i answered wrong in my previous attempt.
I answered all of them wrong and took 14 seconds to answer

I'm sorry, but is the "14 seconds" bit a typo? Although I don't fully understand this part yet, I can speculate about what you meant. Obviously ten questions in 14 seconds is impossible, so let's ignore this possibility. If you took 14 seconds per question, then you're answering them way too quickly. Perhaps you meant 14 minutes for all ten questions. That's still quite fast, given that these ten questions are ranked as the most difficult. Give yourself more time to fully absorb the question and think things out. It's okay to take (slightly) more time on some of the hard questions.
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13 Jul 2012, 16:37
It was indeed a typo
I took 14 minutes to do 10Q from the harder pool of OG12.
I have finished one round of OG12 and after a lot study attempting only the wrong ones from the first attempt.
Let me do some more practice and postmortem on my SC level and i will come back with my findings.
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13 Jul 2012, 17:25
In my first attempt about 2 month back i did 21 out of 140 OG 12 Q wrong. That is 85% accuracy.

I tried these 21 Q in two sittings 10Q (9 wrong from harder side in the end range)and 11Q (5 wrong easy and medium difficulty). This turns out to be 67% accuracy level for these 21Q's.

My observation is that if Q is testing only one or two grammatical concept i am good with it. But as soon as logical comparison, Parallelism, and Meaning Clarity join together to make my life tough, I find myself at loss

I also have GMAC QP1 and tried the tough 16 Q's (6 wrong) from it in one go with an average time 1 min 27 sec.

I am planning to re-brush my SC concepts and other notes.
After that i am planning to redo the VR2/OG12 and OG13 (Unique Q's).

Is that a sound plan?
Should i look at the GMAT Club Grammar book and give it a try? (or for that matter any other Concept Material)
I need a plan to crack these tougher SC problems.
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13 Jul 2012, 17:41
Apologies if i am violating any policy of posting by the very frequent updates on this post.
But i want to add following data to the information given. Here is my raw data from last few MGMAT CAT's:

MGMAT CAT 2 (July 1st)
SC 15Q (6 right 9 wrong), All 9 wrong are from 700 800 level. Overall SC average time of 1 min 25 seconds. 100% wrong in comparison, meaning and parallelism.

MGMAT CAT1 (June24th)
SC 15Q (8 right, 7 wrong), All of the 7 wrong are from 700 800 level difficulty. Overall SC average time of 1 min 21 seconds. 100% wrong in comparison and parallelism But 100% right in Meaning Questions.

My RC and CR goes for a toss because of the jittery feeling i have after struggling with SC in the practice tests. I find it hard to concentrate on RC and CR if i feel i wasn't confident in the last few SC Q's.
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