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Hi,

I need some advice here. I have read MGMAT SC and subsequently practiced OG Questions from all the topics listed in MGMAT SC ( Read first 10 chapters).

However, i am confused as to how to go about the ADVANCED chapters 11,12 & 13 in it.

As it is, reading through first 10 involves understanding and implementing a number of rules and principles.

Please guide as to how significant it is to go through the remaining topics because i wonder one would end up confusing concepts or learning new exceptions which are usually not asked.

So please any help would be solicited.
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Those advanced chapters are totally optional - I almost never assign those chapters for my students. You can do very well on sentence correction without touching those chapters. If you are scoring super high on verbal already and just need a little more help to fully maximize your score, then check out those chapters.

I would focus on working through OG problems and making sure you understand all the topics covered in the main portion of the strategy guide. You can find topic focused OG questions in the back of the strategy guide if you find that you are struggling on a particular topic.

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KyleWiddison wrote:
Those advanced chapters are totally optional - I almost never assign those chapters for my students. You can do very well on sentence correction without touching those chapters. If you are scoring super high on verbal already and just need a little more help to fully maximize your score, then check out those chapters.

I would focus on working through OG problems and making sure you understand all the topics covered in the main portion of the strategy guide. You can find topic focused OG questions in the back of the strategy guide if you find that you are struggling on a particular topic.

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Thanks kw

Much appreciated.

There is one difficulty that I am facing while giving mocks. With the time ticking, i end up making silly errors namely intended meaning or observing one flaw in the statement but eventually not paying much attention to the fact that this statement is indeed the Best of the LOT since GMAT is about picking the best of the rest and not the ideal.
I have tried doing SC Questions OG with a timer but somehow the equation changes when i am giving a full mock.

Please Advise as to how to go about it.
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You are doing well to get down to a few problems. You are close and I think some additional practice can improve your last elimination process.

Try this...practice SC OG problems in a timed set format - 5 in 6:15 or 10 in 12:30. Your focus is on completing all the SC problems in the given time, not necessarily each problem in 75 seconds. If you find yourself "forcing" a guess on the last 2 options, mark that problem for review. After you finish all the problems in the timed set, go back to the problems you have marked for review (before checking if you are right or wrong) and look at the options again to see if your answer changes. Don't worry about the time in this review, just work hard to determine which is correct (or really which one should be eliminated). Then check your answers to see how you have done. Review the explanations for all problems, but especially those you flagged for review.

Pay attention to when you are "forcing" an answer and analyze when it happens and how your process changes when you don't have the pressure of time. By identifying what you are doing differently when the clock is running and changing your process during your practice sessions you may find that you are improving on that last elimination.

Good luck!
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KyleWiddison wrote:
You are doing well to get down to a few problems. You are close and I think some additional practice can improve your last elimination process.

Try this...practice SC OG problems in a timed set format - 5 in 6:15 or 10 in 12:30. Your focus is on completing all the SC problems in the given time, not necessarily each problem in 75 seconds. If you find yourself "forcing" a guess on the last 2 options, mark that problem for review. After you finish all the problems in the timed set, go back to the problems you have marked for review (before checking if you are right or wrong) and look at the options again to see if your answer changes. Don't worry about the time in this review, just work hard to determine which is correct (or really which one should be eliminated). Then check your answers to see how you have done. Review the explanations for all problems, but especially those you flagged for review.

Pay attention to when you are "forcing" an answer and analyze when it happens and how your process changes when you don't have the pressure of time. By identifying what you are doing differently when the clock is running and changing your process during your practice sessions you may find that you are improving on that last elimination.

Good luck!
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Hi KW

I followed your advice and tried to get a handle on my timing issue.
I have come to realize that SC questions involving the entire sentence being underlined or the ones with a big paragraph tends to throw me off my game in a timed environment.
I have scorched through OG and VR but apparently i am not being able to find many such questions.
SO if you could be kind enough to provide me with an approach to tackle such questions along with links of more of such questions to practice, i would be grateful.
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Hi KW

I followed your advice and tried to get a handle on my timing issue.
I have come to realize that SC questions involving the entire sentence being underlined or the ones with a big paragraph tends to throw me off my game in a timed environment.
I have scorched through OG and VR but apparently i am not being able to find many such questions.
SO if you could be kind enough to provide me with an approach to tackle such questions along with links of more of such questions to practice, i would be grateful.
:)


Yes, those longer questions will absolutely throw off your timing if you aren't careful. The strategy changes a bit when you hit the longer sentences. For the most part, those types of questions will be modifier questions, so if you are looking for modifiers (leading modifier, modifiers after commas, etc.) and focusing on those because simple splitting often doesn't work. You have to get really good at making some quick eliminations - i.e. based on finding an erroneous leading modifier or seeing an incorrect noun modifier.

Are you saying you can't find long questions or that you have worked through all the long questions you can find?

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