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Sentence Correction Help! Going from V40 - 45

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Sentence Correction Help! Going from V40 - 45 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2013, 11:55
I recently took the GMAT and scored a 41V. I felt least sure about the sentence correction. I'm a native speaker and have studied - but I'm finding it hard to commit the obscure rules to memory.

What do you all recommend for going from V41- 45? I've got a month before I take it again. I've looked at GMATPill and it has some interesting features - I think I could benefit from hearing someone "size up" a sentence and let me in on their strategy.

But what do you all think? Best way to conquer sentence correction?
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Re: Sentence Correction Help! Going from V40 - 45 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2013, 12:38
Not sure what your motivations for chasing V45 are. But V41 is a pretty decent score. Its already 90+ percentile. Assuming you are applying for a Class of 2016, taking a course/spending a precious month's time now on a retake might not be the best use of time. What is your total score. If you have scored 80% percentile on Quant, then you already have a score that is definitely equal to or above the median for all the schools.

Just my two cents. I was an e-GMAT customer and it helped me improve from 32 to 40. I know 32 to 40 might be a little easier than the 41 - 45.

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Re: Sentence Correction Help! Going from V40 - 45 [#permalink] New post 20 Aug 2013, 08:54
Crawdad, I obviously don't know anything about you and how you go about solving SC problems, however, I think a lot of people tend to think too much. They want to apply a rule to every answer choice in order to prove it wrong or right. Honestly, as a native speaker, most of the time, simply reading each answer choice as a part of the question prompt will allow you to eliminate 2-3 answers without even thinking about rules or idioms or parallelism - they will just sound bad. Of course when you get to some of the more complicated questions and answers, you will have to apply some "technical" knowledge. Having said that, it was surprising to me how far you could get, even on the really tough questions, with the basics.

Parallelism is huge (and luckily, not terribly complicated most of the time). "Which" after a comma must describe the word immediately before the comma. "When" must refer to a time, "who" must refer to a person, "where" must refer to a place. Don't get these mixed up.

Using some of the simple rules like these along with your native ear, can, in my opinion, get you to a high Verbal score. Don't waste time trying to apply obscure rules to answer choices that sound awful.
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