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SC Self Study Books [#permalink] New post 01 Apr 2012, 03:41
Hi,

SC is one of my prime weak areas, as from my 1st MGMAT CAT exam.

Though I had the MGMAT SC guide, I was overwhelmed by it's huge content and lack of proper structure. I heard about Aristotle SC grail from this forum and I ordered it. It looks amazing - to the point, very well organized and exam oriented.

a) Is this book alone enough to nail down the SC part or is there a need to study MGMAT guide too? I do not want to waste my time reading MGMAT SC if SC grail is good enough to crack the SC. Or is there a need to study some selected chapters from MGMAT SC guide, please guide me.

b) Also I see that Aristotle has a book " 1 minute explanations to OG12 SC Questions". I am tempted to order this after seeing the value addition from "SC Grail" book.

Please let me know, if this book would be helpful to under the SC OG12 questions in an efficient way.

My Target score is above 700.

Thanks,
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Re: SC Self Study Books [#permalink] New post 02 Apr 2012, 07:27
SC needs vary from person to person. You can check my sig for a generic strategy that works into the 600 level questions, but beyond that you need to nail down a few things:

Grammar rules
"Best" meaning
Sentence flow

MGMAT SC is good, Aristotle is good. Read our book review threads for more details:
best-gmat-books-118706.html

Also remember, idioms are being phased out as a test part of SC. The focus is to move to flow and meaning.
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Re: SC Self Study Books [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 10:23
Yes, very good remarks by mohater. Beyond 600, one has to look for certain other things in SC questions and meaning of sentences is one of them.
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Re: SC Self Study Books [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2012, 11:28
mohater wrote:
SC needs vary from person to person. You can check my sig for a generic strategy that works into the 600 level questions, but beyond that you need to nail down a few things:

Grammar rules
"Best" meaning
Sentence flow

MGMAT SC is good, Aristotle is good. Read our book review threads for more details:
best-gmat-books-118706.html

Also remember, idioms are being phased out as a test part of SC. The focus is to move to flow and meaning.


Just to be clear, idioms are being phased out in the tests coming up?
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Re: SC Self Study Books [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2012, 00:31
Well, done the second GMAT Prep. and received a lower score than the first time (710 vs. 680). Got Q42 with an all time high of 16 mistakes and a V41 with 6 mistakes.

I did it after lunch and after all morning study so I hope the score is a result of lack of attention capacity and the burn out of the last couple of days where I studied an average of 10 hours per day and did 3 CATS in 3 consecutive days.

Since now is kind of late in Argentina I will review the mistakes tomorrow morning and after doing a quick review of my notes I'm going to take midday and all afternoon off to see if the declining performance is after all burn out.

Despite the result on monday I'm definitely taking the exam again as I feel I can do much better than this and I will definitely lern from this first phase of preparation

Has some one experienced the same? How did you deal with it? What are you recommendation for the future?

Thanks for the help
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