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05 Apr 2012, 15:05
On my last three practice test, my verbal score has been stuck at 31. I think the best way to improve is focusing on SC, which some of my stats point to as well. Are there any SC references that I can go through quickly, which others have found lots of value in?
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05 Apr 2012, 15:41
Maybe this will help:

scguide-106724.html

But from your post, it seems that you might be relying too much on practice tests to improve your performance. Without books or the OG, that strategy usually doesn't work very well. And at 31 V, you probably need to look into an SC guidebook to strengthen your score.

I could, of course, be mistaken. Perhaps you do rely on guidebooks. If so, could you elaborate on your studies? What, in your opinion, is holding you back? Are you using an error log?
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05 Apr 2012, 21:14
I was in the exact same position you were in. My CR and RC was pretty good but my SC held my Verbal score back. Then I worked on the 70 hardest SC posted on this forum and went through it 3 times over trying to first identify what is the problem asking (by looking at the structure alone), then identify key errors by scanning vertically, then eliminating wrong ones. If you can do that efficiently, you can improve your SC dramatically. Trust me. You just have to spend time and really focus on learning the structure. Use MGMAT SC guide. It is money!
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05 Apr 2012, 21:22
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I've been using Knewton and Magoosh for studying. I've found Magoosh the best. My method each week day is s

study, take 1/2 GMAT...next day...study, take 1/2 GMAT...review GMAT missed questions....rinse and repeat.

I observe what the analytics are telling me from each full test and work on those areas. Basically, I'm going through lots of questions and getting lots of practice. If I knew what was holding me back, I'd be on it!

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Then I worked on the 70 hardest SC posted on this forum

Which ones are those?

and went through it 3 times over trying to first identify what is the problem asking (by looking at the structure alone), then identify key errors by scanning vertically

You are saying, you answer all 70 questions 3 times without ever reviewing what you got right or wrong? What good is that?

What do you mean by scan vertically?
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No. I mean take it as a full test (all 70 questions) and review your wrong answers each time. Then repeat. Continue to do it until you can break down right and wrong answers to its core structure. Even if you remember the answer, unless you can break down why each is wrong and why the correct answer is right, your not squeezing the full value out of the question. Scan vertically. Search it. Basically looking at the question choices from top to bottom instead of left to right.
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05 Apr 2012, 21:42
Ok, good stuff. Will do this. Thanks.

Looks like not all explanations are available: just-started-doing-the-brutal-sc-s-am-posting-the-links-as-85386.html? I'll at least go through those with explanations.

Did you do anything similar to this for quant?
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