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SC & DS Strategy [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2008, 08:33
I have less than a week left and I want to focus on my 2 problem areas SC and DS. SC I can get 75-80% hit rate on 1000 SC but I can't get over that hump. What is the best approach when looking at a problem and identifying issues? I feel the basics are covered, but meaning and seperating the diff parts out, and hard modifying questions hurt me.

Also DS, how do you keep track of all the different scenarios on paper? Does anyone have a good method for tracking? I find myself doing a lot of manipulation in my head and during the test things get confusing or mixed up and I can't keep track of everything. However when I try paper solutions things also get confusing on paper! Anyone have a good strategy in DS to keep track of situations?
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Re: SC & DS Strategy [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2008, 08:42
For SC cover Kaplan800 and OG11 Verbal.

For DS do cover statements 1 by 1 and do not combine them until and unless you are finished with each statement individually. Combining statements before hand will result in un-necessary calculation as well as wrong result.
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Re: SC & DS Strategy [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2008, 09:22
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Fo DS, I write A,D,B,C and E and scratch them off as I progress. It may seem as a pain, but then it eliminates careless mistakes for me.
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Re: SC & DS Strategy [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2008, 09:44
Well DS, I am not talking about the answer choices, more like this:

Is X^2 > Y ?


(1) X < Y
(2) Y^2 < X

thats just a made up question but a system to keep track of all the variables and to be able to test out all diff possibilties such as negatives, fractions etc? If it works if it doesnt etc
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Re: SC & DS Strategy [#permalink] New post 10 Mar 2008, 10:17
For DS, use the BCE / AD system once you look at the statement... this helps eliminate answer choices...
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