I redid the questions I got wrong. Unsurprisingly I still am weak in Rhetorical Construction and Logical Construction. However using my error log
I have found out that more specifically, I am weak in handling "meaning" questions and understanding which sentences make sense logically.
Google for meaning clarity and you will find many blog and forum posts for Meaning Clarity.
Following is what i am trying to master:
While reading the Q try to understand the Intended Meaning (Message) of Author. (For MEANING CLARITY)
Pay close attention to non-UnderLined part and look for any Pronoun, Tense or S-V-A etc mismatch
Practice understanding the meaning of the sentence in One (First read) read
Pay close attention at start of UL, end of UL , after commas for any modifier or pronoun error
Notice any coordinating conjunctions (CC i.e. nor, and,yet,but,or) or other parallelism markers such as correlative conjuctions (not only… but also),
If one is present, make sure that before and after CC independent clauses are parallel
Notice any Logical Comparison error for an Apple to Oranges comparison issue
Identify all the Possible Grammar Problems with the Sentence.
If no apparent problem, use PoE (process of elimination). No other answer choice appears more promising than A, choose A and move on to next Q
If an apparent problem(s) is (are) there, Choice (A) is clearly wrong. Hence, do the 2-2 or 1-3 Divide with Vertical SCAN of answer choices.
The split doesn't always indicate an error, both part of the split can be grammatically correct
Split should be reasoned and make sense logically. Do not split based on words ONLY but split based on error type and logic
Do not eliminate answer choice A, If you are not able to identify a definite (certain) error in the original sentence.
Use PoE in final two chosen answer choices, keeping Meaning Clarity in mind. (For MEANING CLARITY)
Eliminate the definitely wrong answer choices and all other choice repeating the recognized error (as identified in step 3)
Read the full sentence with finally chosen answer choice before committing to any option. (For MEANING CLARITY)
This will avoid choosing the answer choice which correct the original error but insert the new error in some other part of the sentence.
These steps are the easier part of the story
the tougher part is to execute them in 60-70 seconds.
I would like to ask, would you recommend not touching gmatprep until maybe the last few days before the actual exam? I used it in the past to get a realistic estimate on where I was (of course it gets less realistic after some repeated questions conme up) Are MGMAT tests the only suitable alternatives to gmatprep?
May be an expert can answer for best practices but i took the GMATPrep1 after doing some basic concept study.
In between i took MGMAT tests as these tests offer a good post test analysis of content.
I took GMATPrep 1 and 2 again in the last 14 days before the exam.
GMAT Exam 690 (08th Aug)
GMATPrep 2 IR 710 (06th Aug)
Kaplna 610 (28th July)
GMATPrep 1 IR 710 (22nd July)
MGMAT CAT 2 IR 680 (1st July)
MGMAT CAT 1 IR 680 (24th June)
MGMAT CAT 1 690 (21st May)
GMATPrep 2 720 (16th May)
GMATPrep 1 710 (13th May)