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Folks,

Lot has been said on tracking errors, internalizing the mistakes to spur exam prep. I'd like to know your thoughts about standardizing error flags (primary, secondary .. without going crazy about it).

At this time aim is 'Verbal' but can be expanded if this has to become popular. My view is each publication (OG, MGMAT, Princeton Review, Kaplan et.el) has its own way of dishing contents including the explaination in response; vaguely similar to each but not quite... especially if you have already done few of them.

Conceptually, I'd like to create standardized flags formatted in excel workbook with (perhaps add some conditional formatting) which can be revisited to find patterns.

Some examples...

RC: socio; scien; bio; econo; anthro; conclusion (as a whole, first para, last para)
CR: Weaken Strength Support, Assumption (perhaps slightly more proverbial)
SC: Parllelism-Verb Form; Pro(noun) disagreement, Rhetorical Construction...
Feel factor (slow; fast;not sure; careless; just wanted to get it over...) - Secondary flag


Importantly attention needs to be paid on how the flag can help in learning. In theory if SC spits out that Idiom or Parllelism is causing bane, action should be to do more and fix it. Similarly if RC weaken\except argument is causing more pain then others... Do more to fix it.

Above said, will propose a start by attaching a proposed workbook... till then would like to know what you'll think including flags that work best for you (identiable with one word then entire paragraph)

Hindsight is 20\20 so this is one piece which can help alot from folks who have already completed their journey...

DC

PS: If there other posts which are logically similar please let me know.

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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 11:07
hi,

it's a good idea. the only thing i would change/remove is the RC flags, or at least amend them. the topic of the passages should have no bearing on your approach, and as such you shouldn't 'study' differently for a science passage vs a business passage. you'd be better looking at factors such as "main idea, author's tone, etc.".

also note if you take the full length MGMAT CAT tests, it will give you this exact breakdown after every test. you might want to take an MGMAT practice test first (they have a free one on their website), and then look at the topics that they list in their score reports.
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Shadowsjc,

Appreciate the faith in the concept.
Your RC input, understood, will do. I've purposely resisted the temptation to take MGMAT CAT exams, yet; if you could scan and send me the screen shots I can take off from there.

Also an observation which I have collected while navigating this forum, although Verbal seems to cause most anguish to GMAT aspirants but it looks like error tracking hasn't genuninely taken off. So may be once we build some momentum on the subject hopefully it will reflect value.

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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy [#permalink] New post 04 Oct 2009, 13:35
i'm attaching the score report from my free online CAT test (test #1). i assume this is ok since this this test is freely available to everyone on the MGMAT website (http://www.manhattangmat.com).
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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 06:00
Thanks bb,

Will incorporate as we go.
I've passed first pass to shadowsjc to see what he thinks.

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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2009, 09:21
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Will incorporate as we go.
I've passed first pass to shadowsjc to see what he thinks.

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Great!!! Love the idea.
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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy - Template Added [#permalink] New post 07 Oct 2009, 22:27
L&G's,

Draft what I'm looking to use in my case. Very basic model, nothing fancy beyond colors perhaps (especially for visually charged lads like me). Will tweak as we go.

Have left a tab with RawData (including date component)... intent is if it becomes as useful as I'd like it to be dump all in raw data tab and create pivots the rest should be straight forward.

However key to its success will be discipline to enter data...!

I welcome suggestions to update\upgrade.

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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy - Template Added [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 02:51
Love the idea and the verbal tracing template... good going.. cannot wait to see the Quant error tracing template as you take your prep ahead..
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Re: Standardizing Error Taxonomy - Template Added [#permalink] New post 08 Oct 2009, 21:44
abhi758,

Thanks
Quant one is on the way soon; along the same lines; hopefully this w\e if I can everything else done :)
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