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Hey guys,

I have troubles with SC. Because of it, I screwed up my Verbal on a real GMAT test. After that I have been trying to master SC for 2 mo. I have done with MGMAT SC books and E-gmat SC course, but I feel that nothing works, as my SC accuracy is vey low. If someone has had the same issue and fixed it, please let me know. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Hey guys,

I have troubles with SC. Because of it, I screwed up my Verbal on a real GMAT test. After that I have been trying to master SC for 2 mo. I have done with MGMAT SC books and E-gmat SC course, but I feel that nothing works, as my SC accuracy is vey low. If someone has had the same issue and fixed it, please let me know. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.



Hi Hero8888

Yesterday someone posted about the exact same issue. Here is what my response was. Please check this;

https://gmatclub.com/forum/need-help-for-sc-improvement-266509.html#p2067390

Please post if any followup question :)
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Hi Hero8888! Since you mention SC as your specific area of concern, thought I would mention that our sentence correction book Sentence Correction Nirvana is perhaps the only book that offers a score improvement guarantee, and is especially designed for non-native speakers.

After reading the book twice (yes! it's an academic book, and so must be read twice in all seriousness, to reinforce the concepts), you will start looking forward to solving SC questions!

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Hey guys,

I have troubles with SC. Because of it, I screwed up my Verbal on a real GMAT test. After that I have been trying to master SC for 2 mo. I have done with MGMAT SC books and E-gmat SC course, but I feel that nothing works, as my SC accuracy is vey low. If someone has had the same issue and fixed it, please let me know. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.


Start by getting more specific (either in this thread or by reflecting on your own). Are there particular types of SC problems that you're missing? What exactly are you doing to practice - are you keeping an error log? Do you have flashcards, and if so, what do they look like? What usually causes you to miss the SC problems that you miss - did you not know the rule at all, or did you just not notice that the rule applied?
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Hero8888 wrote:
Hey guys,

I have troubles with SC. Because of it, I screwed up my Verbal on a real GMAT test. After that I have been trying to master SC for 2 mo. I have done with MGMAT SC books and E-gmat SC course, but I feel that nothing works, as my SC accuracy is vey low. If someone has had the same issue and fixed it, please let me know. Any advice will be appreciated. Thanks.


Start by getting more specific (either in this thread or by reflecting on your own). Are there particular types of SC problems that you're missing? What exactly are you doing to practice - are you keeping an error log? Do you have flashcards, and if so, what do they look like? What usually causes you to miss the SC problems that you miss - did you not know the rule at all, or did you just not notice that the rule applied?


Hi, ccooley

Thank you for your response. I don't keep error log (although my observation shows that my errors are spreaded among topics almost equaly with keen on modifiers, verb tenses, comparison, and idioms). I solve questions on GCLUB forum. I have GLUBS flashcards, but I have never used them. I know rules, yet I have trubles to apply them: in most of the cases I'm left with 2 options and I always/often pick the wrong one. And even if I get the answer right it takes 2-3 minutes on avarage. Sounds like a mess, and I don't understand why my SC is tooo much behind my CR and RC. Probably something is wrong with my understandig of the format, yet I don't know what exactly :sad:
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Hi Hero8888

There's a reason that so many of us recommend working with Error Logs: they can be a very powerful tool for improving your performance. They are as good as the work you put into them.

I teach marketing here in Berlin, and yesterday I used an Eisenhower quote in a discussion of communication planning:
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." While a bit exaggerated, the point is that the value lies not in the document, but in the process and conversations that surround creating the document. Something similar is true for Error Logging: the spreadsheet you create is of minor importance compared to the conversations you have with yourself as you create that spreadsheet and as you review its contents.

In your case, I would strongly recommend you start an Error Log today. Get really specific about what you put in it. As ccooley says, "did you not know the rule at all, or did you just not notice that the rule applied?" This is a really important question, because it opens the door to solutions:
* if you didn't know the rule, it's time to go back to the theory and learn the rule
* if you did know the rule but did not notice that the rule applied here, then you have to ask why. Did you mis-read the sentence? Did you get distracted by other issues in the sentence - perhaps your eyes were drawn to the verb tense issue and you failed to see the idiom attached to the verb, for example?

If you say, "I don't know, it was just down to the last two and I picked the wrong one," then you still need to go deeper. What was wrong with your answer choice - specifically? Was there something about the correct answer that you thought was incorrect?

Then, think about what this question has taught you. I encourage my students to have a "Key Takeaway" column in their Error Logs. What do you want to do differently next time? What is the advice you want to give yourself?

Finally, come back and review the Key Takeaways before your next set of practice problems. Get these things fresh in your mind and see if that helps you improve your focus and ultimately improve your performance.

Overall, I would encourage you to view doing practice questions as a way to practice what you have learned, and to research 1) what you don't know, and 2) what you need to do differently. It should not feel like banging your head against a wall.

If you're having trouble getting specific about what is going wrong, spending a few hours with an SC expert could help you pinpoint the issues and save you lots of future frustration.

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Hi Hero8888

There's a reason that so many of us recommend working with Error Logs: they can be a very powerful tool for improving your performance. They are as good as the work you put into them.

Best, Jennifer


Hi Jennifer,

Thanks a lot I'm starting error log today!
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Hi Hero8888

There's a reason that so many of us recommend working with Error Logs: they can be a very powerful tool for improving your performance. They are as good as the work you put into them.

I teach marketing here in Berlin, and yesterday I used an Eisenhower quote in a discussion of communication planning:
"In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable." While a bit exaggerated, the point is that the value lies not in the document, but in the process and conversations that surround creating the document. Something similar is true for Error Logging: the spreadsheet you create is of minor importance compared to the conversations you have with yourself as you create that spreadsheet and as you review its contents.

In your case, I would strongly recommend you start an Error Log today. Get really specific about what you put in it. As ccooley says, "did you not know the rule at all, or did you just not notice that the rule applied?" This is a really important question, because it opens the door to solutions:
* if you didn't know the rule, it's time to go back to the theory and learn the rule
* if you did know the rule but did not notice that the rule applied here, then you have to ask why. Did you mis-read the sentence? Did you get distracted by other issues in the sentence - perhaps your eyes were drawn to the verb tense issue and you failed to see the idiom attached to the verb, for example?

If you say, "I don't know, it was just down to the last two and I picked the wrong one," then you still need to go deeper. What was wrong with your answer choice - specifically? Was there something about the correct answer that you thought was incorrect?


Best, Jennifer

hi thanks for such an awesome post i am also facing issues similar to this.

is there any particular format of error log which you suggest, because i have seen some error log and i was not able to comprehend them or sometimes i was even confused what to write in them.
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IMO, the error log should not be too jazzy but at the same time it should serve the purpose of pointing out the mistakes you have been making repeatedly.

There is a plethora of error logs available on the internet, but the one that is useful is something that you have to think about and create so that it can show YOU the trend of the mistakes that YOU are making.

Initially, I also got really intimidated with these error logs, but later on I created my own error log, which is very simple to comprehend and looks something like this. (in the attachment)

Also, I created a word document (in the attachment) in which I made a note of all the incorrect questions with their answer explanations and a takeaway (a question may be testing SVA but if you have made a mistake in modifiers in the question then that's your takeaway) from that question.

I insist that you revise those questions periodically so that it remains in your brain for a longer time and you know the application when the similar question is tested.

I am no expert here but those were the things that helped me increase my SC accuracy from 30% to 70+%.

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New post 11 Aug 2018, 14:00
This is one good post with lot of useful information.

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Thanks for sharing valuable information about importance of error log.

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In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.


This is one brilliant quote and it made me thinking about my approach. Thanks for sharing that.
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