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major frustration with DS [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2004, 06:50
hey guys i have major problems with DS. When im problem solving, my success rate is about 90% but with DS , i get half wrong always, i think i need some sort of systematic plan to deal with DS. Ive tried the princeton review and kaplan "tips" in their books, and ive tried the tutorial on this website. I am looking for some sort of step by step technique for solving these or just any tips that could help. Any solutions...?
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2004, 19:35
Hello there

I dont know if you have been studying your DS mistakes. Is there a pattern in your errors? Are you doing same mistakes over and over? Is there a concept you need to work on?

You will answer all these questions if you record EVERY error neatly and explain it to yourself what you did wrong and what is the correct solution. Everytime you begin your prep, go over your errors first and then proceed to practise. In two weeks, i am sure you will have a different story to tell.

Yes, its not the most fun thing to do.
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 [#permalink] New post 30 Aug 2004, 12:45
I would strongly agree about the error log.

I first started to have 4/20 correct ( almost nothing) and know I have 15/20 correct.

I noticed that a limited number of errors are tested again and again. ( like the only prime number is 2; that to solve for 2 variables you need 2 equations, etc).

I now feel that everything about a DS question is in my mind, instead of writing down equations and , worse: doing them. Once you get your error pattern, the DS sufficiency reasoning will come almost instinctly.
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 [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2004, 12:34
I'm the last person that should be giving advice, but I know a strategy that may help....

Before you look at (1) and (2) read the question and ask yourself, what would I need to know to solve this question?

For example, if it's an X-Y question and you have to solve, you'll need to know either X or Y, or X or Y + a relationship that exists b/w the two.

If it's a figure, draw it on your scratch paper. That forces you to think. For example, know that you need to know either a radius or a diameter to solve a circle problem.

I get a lot of DS wrong as well. Try guessing opposite to what you think.


GQMouse, a victim of the GMAT.
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