Major change in the GMAT Sentence Correction-Idioms R.I.P
Posted Thu, 22/09/2011 - 09:00 by Team Aristotle
The big news coming out of the recently hosted GMAC Summit is that there have been a couple of major changes in the Sentence Correction section.
Change #1 – Idioms have been completely eliminated from the test
Change #2 – There will be more stress now on the ‘meaning’ of sentences, so to speak.
So from when are these changes going to come into effect?
Guess what, they already are!
In fact, a lot of the candidates who’ve taken the GMAT in the last 2-3 months have given the feedback that the sentence correction questions on the actual test are very different from what they had seen in the Official Guides or other practice material.
At Aristotle Prep we have always stressed that for 700+ scorers, the emphasis will be more on the meaning of the sentence than on the specific errors themselves. In fact, we are already in the process of coming up with a question bank that incorporates this change. It’s good to be vindicated, thank you Dr Rudner (Dr Lawrence M. Rudner has clearly become a celebrity amongst GMAT test-takers in the last couple of days. In case you haven’t heard of him, he’s the man responsible for the aforementioned changes)
The question is how does one prepare for Sentence Correction now?
The OGs have suddenly become unrepresentative of the actual test content (the OG 13
only comes out in April 2012) because one of the most important aspects tested in the OGs is Idioms. If you have gone through our Ultimate 1-minute Explanations to OG 12
SC book, you would know that the first split that we always recommend is an Idiom split and in several questions in the OG, this first split itself gives you the answer or at least eliminates some of the options. This won’t be the case on the actual test from now on, at least for a lot of the questions.
So what do you do now?
How do you prepare for Sentence Correction now, which anyways used to be a problem area for most students?
Has everything that you have studied till now suddenly become redundant?
Can't you do anything to ensure that you're better prepared to tackle higher difficulty level questions , or can you ?
Please someone bring me some light on this if this is really true ????
Those who gave gmat in last 2 to 3 weeks or so please let us know if there is any major change in the SCs and what steps we need to follow now. I am going to give the exam after 10days from now and I am in great dilemma now...