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Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2008, 22:35
desperately need help / advise with my SC preparation. English is not a native language for me and my verbal skills are not so good.

Below are my recent test score

GMAT prep 1 – 750 (Q50/V41)
Q - 5 wrong
V – 11 wrong - RC 2, CR 0, SC 9

Princeton 1 – 700 (Q50/V37)
Q – 5 wrong
V – 8 wrong – RC 0, CR 3, SC 5

GMAT prep 1 (retake) – 730 (Q50/V38)
Q – 5 wrong
V – 13 wrong – RC 2, CR 1, SC 10

Clearly SC is pulling my score down. My test date is 19th Aug and now I’m panicking.

Will appreciate any help.

PS : I feel SCs are the least logical questions asked on GMAT. If MBA is more about logic and reasoning, shouldn’t they reduce number of SC questions on GMAT. Anyway the written English skills (grammar, sentence formation) are evaluated through AWAs and Univ essays.
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 00:06
First thing, you should get the manhattan gmat sentence correction bible. this is extremely helpful and will help you improve your sentence correction if you use the book wisely. second, you have to practice, practice, practice. look at the answer choices. see what words differentiate the answer choices. the most obvious errors on sentence correction are verb tense agreement, subject verb agreement, idioms, modifiers. please review these thoroughly and you will be able to at least eliminate some wrong answer choices.

the point you made about sentence correction
"I feel SCs are the least logical questions asked on GMAT. If MBA is more about logic and reasoning, shouldn’t they reduce number of SC questions on GMAT. Anyway the written English skills (grammar, sentence formation) are evaluated through AWAs and Univ essays."

i actually kinda disagree with you on this. i think sentence correction tests to see if you are a detail oriented person. this is actually an important skill in finance and accounting. i work as a hedge fund accountant and on a daily basis i have to catch mistakes that are off by 2 dollars on the balance sheet. so, as you can see, if you are a detail oriented individual it will help in this job. it's probably hard for you to see the relation between numbers and grammar errors, but i hope you can try to understand my analogy. on the other hand in gmat, i do not understand how circles, triangles will help us understand finance better but i guess it's just a way to test who knows the gmat better. ????

best of luck!
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 01:05
Thanks I'll try to get the book ASAP

Practice....the problem is that i have least ienterest in SC... the same stuation was with RC few weeks back, then I read somewhere on the forums that one way to increase score in RC is to read the passage with an attitude of learning about the subject in it, its a simple trick, but works for me, Its difficult for me to push myself for something I'm not interested. exactly whats happening with SC.....

regarding the other point, i agree with you. i guess it came out becuase i'm not doing well in that area. :evil:
I know that GMAT is a very well designed test... its just that my prep is not that well balanced.
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 21:43
i got two similar books from my friend. Please see screeshots of first page.

1. Manhattan GMAT Sentence correction Guide - 125 pages
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2. Manhattan Review Sentence Correction Guide - 78 pages
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which one of these is the SC bible... or is there thrid one
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 06 Jul 2008, 23:39
wawatan wrote:
it's the first book.


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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 14 Jul 2008, 21:39
manhattangmat has the best SC stuff
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 15 Jul 2008, 12:42
Lots of practice... make sure you understand your mistakes.

Make sure everything in the sentence is parallel(verb tense, syntax, etc.)... that's probably the one thing that you need to do the most often.

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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2008, 02:46
Thanks guys
I'm done with Manahattan SC guide and OG. I can see the improvement. My GMAT is on 19th Aug..
Could you suggest me how should I focus on SC in these 10 days....
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 00:01
Hey Buddy Dont worry.............as far as i can get you in these days i know you are going to do fine just keep up with your good work and do not loose trust on you as this was the mistake i did and am still repenting so keep fatih in youself.I know you are going to make it above 750......... :wink:

So GOD bless you and best of luck for your exam.
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 00:02
one more thing did you solve brutal SC i think those can help you
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Re: Need Help with SC [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2008, 00:59
Hello Durgesh from where you found Manhattan Sentence Correction Guide ?
Do you have soft copy of that book ?

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