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# Help needed for SC and RC

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Updated on: 15 Aug 2018, 21:56
Hi
I am getting Quant score in the range of Q47~48 but my Verbal score is stuck at V32.
I am getting Mostly SC questions wrong.Need some help to improve it.
For RC also I am taking too much time, want to know if there are any tricks for RC as I am making notes of each para and then finding answers but for detail answers I have to go back to para again and read the lines . So is this approach right?
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13 Aug 2018, 11:40
Hi GMATbuster92,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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14 Aug 2018, 07:16
Hey GMATbuster92
I have two different suggestions for the problems you have raised
SC - here there are less "tricks" and workarounds. It's really mostly about knowing the grammar rules - esp' things like parallelism. not many ways around it.
RC - here there are ways to become more efficient. what you are doing - taking notes for each paragraph - is a very good start, but it's natural and fine that you will have to go back and look at specific parts of the passage that the question refers to. The trick is to do so efficiently - read only the sentence you need. other tips include paying special attention to connecting words (thus, however, etc), not waste time on reading the answers till after we've figured out what we're looking for, and asking ourselves as we read the passage "what is this about? what would be a fitting title for this?" (since there is almost always such a question).
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14 Aug 2018, 07:33
GMATbuster92 wrote:
Hi
I am getting Quant score in the range of Q47~48 but my Verbal score is stuck at V32.
I am getting Mostly SC questions wrong.Need some help to improve it.
For RC also I am taking too much time, want to know if there are any tricks for RC as I am making notes of each para and then finding answers but for detail answers I ahve to go back to para again and read the lines . So is this approach right?

Hello friend,

Don't worry , surely u can do better.

For SC I recommend going back to basics since u said u tend to get it wrong. I think read a book and make notes.

For RC I can understand your frustration... Some RC is really complex with alien words and stuff.

I suggest going through the approach of RC from egmat. It would help you I guess. I found it useful.

Please go through the concerned section in gmatclub forum , you will probably find a mention og how u can improve.

All the best.

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GMATbuster92 wrote:
Hi
I am getting Quant score in the range of Q47~48 but my Verbal score is stuck at V32.
I am getting Mostly SC questions wrong.Need some help to improve it.
For RC also I am taking too much time, want to know if there are any tricks for RC as I am making notes of each para and then finding answers but for detail answers I ahve to go back to para again and read the lines . So is this approach right?

For RC - the best way to improve is to practice.

I highly recommend Harvard Magazine articles? Why? Because they have a lot of short articles - that are very similar to what you might see on the GMAT exam -- usually 4-6 paragraphs citing some kind of social or science research.

Favorite this:
https://harvardmagazine.com/topic/Research

Look for where it says: "Select a topic:" - Humanities, Social Science, Science, International

Go to the above link and read some of the articles.You'll see these are almost the exact topics you will see on the actual GMAT exam.

Here's one example:

https://harvardmagazine.com/2018/02/how ... lationship

Are you able to quickly read through it - ideally without reading every word - and identify WHO is writing it and WHY they are writing it - WHAT's the whole point to the author spending time to write these passages?

These are great for RC comprehension - with practice, time management becomes a non-issue.

This is what we recommend for our students!

See if this video helps: http://www.gmatpill.com/readingcomprehension/intro.mp4

You can also get more RC Practice with our online question bank:

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---and the best material for RC is saved for our RC Pill course where we actually walk through dozens of RC passages showing you where to read and where not to read.

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14 Aug 2018, 11:57
For sentence correction problems, there are generally two reasons you could be getting them wrong: content and strategy.

For content, the best thing you can do is to make sure you're recording in your error log what sorts of grammar rules you're missing and then study the ones that are giving you the most trouble.

For strategy, one of the things that many students do wrong is that they try to eliminate answers based on looking at each answer choice as a whole. What you should be doing instead is to take a look at what's changing from answer to answer (maybe a pronoun changes between two and a verb changes among three) and then eliminate answer choices based on one potential point that there could be an error at a time. (So, eliminate based on the pronoun choice and then go back to the remaining answers and eliminate based on the verb choice.) If you are smart, you can often eliminate answers that have rules you aren't sure about (idioms, for example) by looking for whether the answer choice follows the concrete rules that you are sure about. You still need to know the grammar, but this strategy does make harder questions feel easier because it means that you always have a plan.
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14 Aug 2018, 18:08
Hi GMATbuster92,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. For starters, you have an awesome quant score, so nice work!

Although you say you need the most help in Sentence Correction, since your verbal score is stuck at a V32, you probably need to improve your skills in all aspects of GMAT verbal. So, let’s talk about how you can do just that.

Fo starters, moving forward, you may consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension, and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: strengthen the argument, weaken the argument, resolve the paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can assess how well you understand the topic. If, for example, you incorrectly answer a weaken the argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read is equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down with the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you are reading a paragraph, also consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of Reading Comprehension questions with which you struggle: find the main idea, inference, author’s tone, etc. Similar to Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses.

The process above can be perfected with a lot of practice. However, keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating, so to better prepare yourself to read such bland passages, begin reading magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer.

As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

The third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct is what you have to do. The main thing that you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. For instance, are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently that would have resulted in your extending your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regiments, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic,engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

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