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# Do SC strategies recommend we write anything down during test?

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23 Sep 2018, 16:00
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I've been attending GMAT prep courses in person as well as taking some "Verbal" courses through various online tutorials. Both those courses
lay out "steps" to use when doing SC. An example are the steps below.

Step #1
Read the original sentence and try to identify an error BEFORE looking at the answer choices.

Step #2
If an error is detected in the original sentence, or if the sentence is confusing (i.e. you'd
have to read it again to figure out what it means), immediately eliminate answer choice A and
physically cross it off your scratch paper.

Step #3
If an error is detected in the original sentence, eliminate any answer choice that doesn't make
the necessary correction.

Step #4
If more than one answer choice remains, or if no mistake was detected to begin with (in which case
all five answer choices remain as possibilities):
- Go through your checklist of common GMAT grammar mistakes.
- Look to the answer choices for clues; run the differences through your grammar checklist.
- Apply GMAT Effectiveness Rules

Step #5
After going through the checklist in Step 4, if you still do not detect a mistake in the original sentence, choose

So my question is, since you have to go through all these steps is it recommended that you write anything down on the provided scratch
paper as you're going through the steps, or are you purely going through the steps mentally?
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23 Sep 2018, 19:15
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egrizzly wrote:
I've been attending GMAT prep courses in person as well as taking some "Verbal" courses through various online tutorials. Both those courses
lay out "steps" to use when doing SC. An example are the steps below.

Step #1
Read the original sentence and try to identify an error BEFORE looking at the answer choices.

Step #2
If an error is detected in the original sentence, or if the sentence is confusing (i.e. you'd
have to read it again to figure out what it means), immediately eliminate answer choice A and
physically cross it off your scratch paper.

Step #3
If an error is detected in the original sentence, eliminate any answer choice that doesn't make
the necessary correction.

Step #4
If more than one answer choice remains, or if no mistake was detected to begin with (in which case
all five answer choices remain as possibilities):
- Go through your checklist of common GMAT grammar mistakes.
- Look to the answer choices for clues; run the differences through your grammar checklist.
- Apply GMAT Effectiveness Rules

Step #5
After going through the checklist in Step 4, if you still do not detect a mistake in the original sentence, choose

So my question is, since you have to go through all these steps is it recommended that you write anything down on the provided scratch
paper as you're going through the steps, or are you purely going through the steps mentally?
I'm not sure how good or useful these "steps" are.

To answer your question: We don't recommend writing anything down in SC. Maybe a grid to keep track of the options, but nothing more than that.
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23 Sep 2018, 20:50
AjiteshArun wrote:
egrizzly wrote:
I've been attending GMAT prep courses in person as well as taking some "Verbal" courses through various online tutorials. Both those courses
lay out "steps" to use when doing SC. An example are the steps below.

Step #1
Read the original sentence and try to identify an error BEFORE looking at the answer choices.

Step #2
If an error is detected in the original sentence, or if the sentence is confusing (i.e. you'd
have to read it again to figure out what it means), immediately eliminate answer choice A and
physically cross it off your scratch paper.

Step #3
If an error is detected in the original sentence, eliminate any answer choice that doesn't make
the necessary correction.

Step #4
If more than one answer choice remains, or if no mistake was detected to begin with (in which case
all five answer choices remain as possibilities):
- Go through your checklist of common GMAT grammar mistakes.
- Look to the answer choices for clues; run the differences through your grammar checklist.
- Apply GMAT Effectiveness Rules

Step #5
After going through the checklist in Step 4, if you still do not detect a mistake in the original sentence, choose

So my question is, since you have to go through all these steps is it recommended that you write anything down on the provided scratch
paper as you're going through the steps, or are you purely going through the steps mentally?
I'm not sure how good or useful these "steps" are.

To answer your question: We don't recommend writing anything down in SC. Maybe a grid to keep track of the options, but nothing more than that.

I don't follow. What is this grid you speak of?
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23 Sep 2018, 21:20
egrizzly wrote:
I don't follow. What is this grid you speak of?
A simple ABCDE grid to keep track of your options (which ones you've eliminated and which ones are still left).
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24 Sep 2018, 06:40
egrizzly wrote:
I've been attending GMAT prep courses in person as well as taking some "Verbal" courses through various online tutorials. Both those courses
lay out "steps" to use when doing SC. An example are the steps below.

Step #1
Read the original sentence and try to identify an error BEFORE looking at the answer choices.

Step #2
If an error is detected in the original sentence, or if the sentence is confusing (i.e. you'd
have to read it again to figure out what it means), immediately eliminate answer choice A and
physically cross it off your scratch paper.

Step #3
If an error is detected in the original sentence, eliminate any answer choice that doesn't make
the necessary correction.

Step #4
If more than one answer choice remains, or if no mistake was detected to begin with (in which case
all five answer choices remain as possibilities):
- Go through your checklist of common GMAT grammar mistakes.
- Look to the answer choices for clues; run the differences through your grammar checklist.
- Apply GMAT Effectiveness Rules

Step #5
After going through the checklist in Step 4, if you still do not detect a mistake in the original sentence, choose

So my question is, since you have to go through all these steps is it recommended that you write anything down on the provided scratch
paper as you're going through the steps, or are you purely going through the steps mentally?

Hi
Normally the steps that you have mentioned are to be done mentally and not by writing down on the scratch pad. Different prep courses offer different strategies but I don't think any of them would tell to write down these steps on scratch pad. Instead only ABCDE to be written down and the answer choices to be eliminated shall be crossed out, as AjiteshArun pointed.
Hope it helps.
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25 Sep 2018, 11:00
souvonik2k wrote:
egrizzly wrote:
I've been attending GMAT prep courses in person as well as taking some "Verbal" courses through various online tutorials. Both those courses
lay out "steps" to use when doing SC. An example are the steps below.

Step #1
Read the original sentence and try to identify an error BEFORE looking at the answer choices.

Step #2
If an error is detected in the original sentence, or if the sentence is confusing (i.e. you'd
have to read it again to figure out what it means), immediately eliminate answer choice A and
physically cross it off your scratch paper.

Step #3
If an error is detected in the original sentence, eliminate any answer choice that doesn't make
the necessary correction.

Step #4
If more than one answer choice remains, or if no mistake was detected to begin with (in which case
all five answer choices remain as possibilities):
- Go through your checklist of common GMAT grammar mistakes.
- Look to the answer choices for clues; run the differences through your grammar checklist.
- Apply GMAT Effectiveness Rules

Step #5
After going through the checklist in Step 4, if you still do not detect a mistake in the original sentence, choose

So my question is, since you have to go through all these steps is it recommended that you write anything down on the provided scratch
paper as you're going through the steps, or are you purely going through the steps mentally?

Hi
Normally the steps that you have mentioned are to be done mentally and not by writing down on the scratch pad. Different prep courses offer different strategies but I don't think any of them would tell to write down these steps on scratch pad. Instead only ABCDE to be written down and the answer choices to be eliminated shall be crossed out, as AjiteshArun pointed.
Hope it helps.

Ok then Souvonik. Thanks a bunch.
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