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Chiranjeev Singh was my key to success in SC

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Hi,

I decided to write this topic as it might help people struggling with SC.

I was aiming for a 700 or above score to get into a top European b-school and Verbal was my strongest section but SC was preventing to achieve scores above 35.

I had over percentile 80%in RC and CR but was struggling with SC.

To prepare to for SC I read all Manhattan prep books, watched Manhattan prep and Veritas online classes and did all SC exercises of OG 2017. The result was disappointing! A meager 30% percentile in SC!!

I tried reviewing and did some more exercises from official tests. Same result 30% percentile in SC!

At that point I started losing hope of achieving 700 or above. I thought "'Maybe that's it! That's the limit of my capabilities!''

Nevertheless, before throwing in the towel I decided to have one more chance but this time with the guidance of a professional. After lots of research on the internet I found Chiranjeev Singh aka CJ.

CJ had an interesting way of addressing the GMAT. He recommended me a completely different way of studying that in the beginning I thought to be too time consuming but that proved to be extremely efficient.

After a handful of tutoring classes via Skype and hours of study and doing SC exercises in detail I did the GMAT and achieved a fantastic 40 in Verbal. This might not sound like much for many but for me was a 5 point increase in 6 to 8 weeks!

Without CJ I would probably have kept doing thousands of exercises learning very little from each one of them! CJ made me re-think my way of studying and that paid off big time.

I would strongly recommend CJ as he is a fantastic verbal tutor. Without his help I would not have been able to achieve my 700.

Good study and the best of the luck for all of you guys that are still fighting against the GMAT.

All the best,

Andre

Originally posted by acosta on 27 Aug 2018, 17:11.
Last edited by acosta on 28 Aug 2018, 01:46, edited 1 time in total.
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Hi acosta

Thanks for sharing your debrief.

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CJ had an interesting way of addressing the GMAT. He recommended me a completely different way of studying that in the beginning I though to be too time consuming but that proved to be extremely efficient.


I am assuming understanding the meaning of the original sentence helped you immensely.
  • Did you scan answer choices for splits when short of time or in a panic state?
  • Could you share additional tips for CR and RC and if you followed any timing strategy for verbal?
  • What was rough split for SC, CR and RC?

Wishing you all the best for your apps!
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Hi acosta

Thanks for sharing your debrief.

Quote:
CJ had an interesting way of addressing the GMAT. He recommended me a completely different way of studying that in the beginning I though to be too time consuming but that proved to be extremely efficient.


I am assuming understanding the meaning of the original sentence helped you immensely.
  • Did you scan answer choices for splits when short of time or in a panic state?
  • Could you share additional tips for CR and RC and if you followed any timing strategy for verbal?
  • What was rough split for SC, CR and RC?

Wishing you all the best for your apps!


Hi Adkikani,

Thanks

Answering your questions:
1) I am assuming understanding the meaning of the original sentence helped you immensely.
You are 100% correct. I don't think business schools are looking for MBA candidates who can easily perform mechanical tasks such as finding splits. In my view they are looking for people who can actually understand a complex sentence and eventually make it clearer.

2) Did you scan answer choices for splits when short of time or in a panic state?
Fortunately I had a very good time management and I am lucky enough to never be in panic if I know what I am doing I cannot really answer this question. However, splits were a good help but not the key thing for me. I learned that the key to SC is understanding very well all kinds of tricks that the GMAT throws at you to distort meaning your to create a grammatically incorrect sentence. If you know these problems very well then it gets easier to eliminate. There is not point of identifying a split if then we do not know which one is correct. Moreover, sometimes there are splits that just rephrase the sentence differently but correctly. However, if you find a error and then a split containing that error than you win the jackpot.

3) Could you share additional tips for CR and RC
For CR I used Manhattan prep classes and books. I found their online CR classes extremely helpful. I really liked Manhattan prep for CR because they categorised the CR questions in different types and that knowing what kind of questions were you facing was extremely helpful to know what should you be looking for in the answers. Then mastering elimination is key. In CR you had better not choose the right question but rather eliminate 4 wrong answers!

For RC I never really studied much as I always found it relatively easy and did not have much time left as I struggle quite a lot with Quant. The only thing that I did was reading 2 passages every night before going to bed =) I think this helped me quite a lot improving my timing and accuracy in RC. There are documents with hundreds of passeages in the GMAT club (thanks GMAT club).

4) Did you followed any timing strategy for verbal?
Yes a used the "Yellow pad technique" developed by Stacey Koprince. I found it really nice and effective. You will be able to check this technique using the following link: https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/blog ... nt-part-3/

5) What was rough split for SC, CR and RC?
Sorry but I cannot remember. I think I got 3 passages though.

I hope I was able to help you a bit.
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acosta wrote:
Hi,

I decided to write this topic as it might help people struggling with SC.

I was aiming for a 700 or above score to get into a top European b-school and Verbal was my strongest section but SC was preventing to achieve scores above 35.

I had over percentile 80%in RC and CR but was struggling with SC.

To prepare to for SC I read all Manhattan prep books, watched Manhattan prep and Veritas online classes and did all SC exercises of OG 2017. The result was disappointing! A meager 30% percentile in SC!!

I tried reviewing and did some more exercises from official tests. Same result 30% percentile in SC!

At that point I started losing hope of achieving 700 or above. I thought "'Maybe that's it! That's the limit of my capabilities!''

Nevertheless, before throwing in the towel I decided to have one more chance but this time with the guidance of a professional. After lots of research on the internet I found Chiranjeev Singh aka CJ.

CJ had an interesting way of addressing the GMAT. He recommended me a completely different way of studying that in the beginning I thought to be too time consuming but that proved to be extremely efficient.

After a handful of tutoring classes via Skype and hours of study and doing SC exercises in detail I did the GMAT and achieved a fantastic 40 in Verbal. This might not sound like much for many but for me was a 5 point increase in 6 to 8 weeks!

Without CJ I would probably have kept doing thousands of exercises learning very little from each one of them! CJ made me re-think my way of studying and that paid off big time.

I would strongly recommend CJ as he is a fantastic verbal tutor. Without his help I would not have been able to achieve my 700.

Good study and the best of the luck for all of you guys that are still fighting against the GMAT.

All the best,

Andre


Hi Andre,

Many congratulations on hitting the 700-mark! It was a pleasure teaching such a diligent and sincere person as you! I hope what we learned in the sessions helps you beyond GMAT too!

- CJ
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