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Sentence correction strategies [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2014, 16:56
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Hello all,

First time poster, avid reader of Gmatclub (at least, since December...

Background:
I'm currently working on slamming my weakest areas based on my diagnostic - sentence correction (where I got 1/13 right). Btw I'm a native speaker and I'm using MGMAT - aka the best in the biz.

I'd love some study tips on SC. Please bear in mind that I"m aiming for a 760, so I'm not trying to screw around here...but also trying to be efficient :) Hoping to take the test 2-3 months from now.

Current status
So far I've read the MGMAT SC book 2-3 times -- except for the advanced sections (ch. 11-13), which I haven't touched. I've glanced through 11 and it did now blow my mind away, although I still wonder if I should sit down and internalize what's in there...

Now I'm working on the OG questions and have been doing decent. My stats so far look like: 22/25 correct with avg time of 2:03. My problem set has leaned towards the easy/medium so far. So far the questions I've missed have been because I didn't fully read the answer choices (i.e. long wordy sentences) which I attribute to stupid mistakes. Obviously I have to work through the harder problems to really get a better assessment...

Key questions on SC study strategy
Question #1 -- Should I (a) work through all of OG 13/2nd edition books and then read/internalize the advanced chapters of MGMAT SC (so that I can apply those rules when I start taking CAT's)? Or, should I (b) review the advanced chapters of MGMAT SC book, then finish working the OG questions, esp. the hardere questions that I have not yet worked through?

Question #2 -- Since SC excellence boils down to continuous practice after you've gotten down the rules, then what should I practice with between when I finish the OG problems (in a week's time) and when I start CAT's (in 1-1.5 months from now)? In this time, I"m going to work through the math sections and GMATClub math tests, but would love to throw in 5-10 SC questions each day.
Is there another source with well-regarded SC questions?!?! or should I simply go through all the OG SC questions a second time?


Would love to hear your thoughts. Promise to speak well of whoever can provide a great answer :)
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Re: Sentence correction strategies [#permalink] New post 22 Feb 2014, 17:03
Btw here's an additional point regarding my question on additional sources of practice questions.
I am not convinced that GMATClub's list of SC problems (organized by difficulty) was helpful. Before doing OG, I tried a couple (through the word-of-the-day) and was annoyed - if I missed a question, then the explanation in the thread was usually insufficient and made me feel confused + annoyed. I much prefer doing OG problems where everything is well-transcribed and the explanations from MGMAT are solid.
Plus I wanted to limit my exposure to OG before I actually worked through it - I'm also afraid people will post questions from MGMAT CAT's and GMATPrep CAT's which will inflate my practice scores if I work through them.....

So I'm not sure that GMATClub questions are the best source for questions.
Then again, I'd be willing to reconsider my stance if you had a compelling reason :)
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Re: Sentence correction strategies [#permalink] New post 24 Feb 2014, 17:22
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Btw here's an additional point regarding my question on additional sources of practice questions.
I am not convinced that GMATClub's list of SC problems (organized by difficulty) was helpful. Before doing OG, I tried a couple (through the word-of-the-day) and was annoyed - if I missed a question, then the explanation in the thread was usually insufficient and made me feel confused + annoyed. I much prefer doing OG problems where everything is well-transcribed and the explanations from MGMAT are solid.
Plus I wanted to limit my exposure to OG before I actually worked through it - I'm also afraid people will post questions from MGMAT CAT's and GMATPrep CAT's which will inflate my practice scores if I work through them.....

So I'm not sure that GMATClub questions are the best source for questions.
Then again, I'd be willing to reconsider my stance if you had a compelling reason :)



Hi warriorsquared,

Perhaps the source you are looking for is the Practice Pill Platform: http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... -questions

Don't worry about seeing prior questions and the whole idea of inflating scores. Who cares if you've seen a question before--what matters is if you are able to go through that thought process correctly and efficiently as you should. For anyone who has gone through all OG questions, I can bet that just because one has "seen" each question before--does not necessarily mean he/she will get them all correct. So don't worry too much about recycled questions -- if you do see a question you've seen before, well--you'd BETTER get it right. Otherwise, you're clearly not learning from your mistakes.

As you prepare OG - you may also find this resource useful for video explanations: http://www.gmatpill.com/official-guide
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Re: Sentence correction strategies [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2014, 20:30
Thanks for the tips!

Here's my overall approach to SC. I hope this looks like a sound strategy to get better:

Read OG question
Answer it like I would any GMAT question
Then go back and see if I can spot all the main errors between answer choices - not just the ones that led me to the correct answer but the other ones i overlooked as well
Then read the answer + explanation (not the official, but the MGMAT one since it's pretty thorough).
If I got the question right, then see if I spotted all major issues. If I missed one, that's an area I need to re-read in the practice books.
If I got the question wrong, then think about my thought process and what tripped me up. Identify that topic (usually something like perfect tenses, collective nouns, etc.), then go back and re-read that section of the MGMAT books.

Does that sound like a good approach to tackle SC questions? Not sure if I should do something more to clear the issues i'm having with SC topics. I'm also using flash cards that summarize the MGMAT books so that I can beat the SC subtleties and rules into my head :)
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