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How to improve SC accuracy

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Hi guys,

I've been studying SC for some time now but my accuracy isn't improving in practice questions. I've gone through strategies as well as the grammar rules in MGMAT and Kaplan but I fail to see a lot of improvement. Currently I'm averaging about 5-6 wrong answers per 20 questions (the questions are of easy to moderate difficulty). I would request the GMATCLUB community to guide me in improving SC. My test is on the 26th of July. Thank you in advance.
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Hi SalmanAK,

In your profile tab, you've listed a score of 700/Q42/V42. Is that an Official GMAT Score or a practice CAT Score? If it's an Official Score, then you already have a V42 - so trying to improve your SC skills wouldn't be nearly as valuable to your GMAT Score as improving your Quant knowledge and Tactical skills.

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)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi SalmanAK,

In your profile tab, you've listed a score of 700/Q42/V42. Is that an Official GMAT Score or a practice CAT Score? If it's an Official Score, then you already have a V42 - so trying to improve your SC skills wouldn't be nearly as valuable to your GMAT Score as improving your Quant knowledge and Tactical skills.

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)?

Goals:
4) What is your goal score?
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich



Hi Rich,

Thanks for your prompt response. I do not know how that score got in my profile tab. It isn't an official score at all. My last practice test (GMAT Prep) score, over a month ago, was 580 (Q44, V26 - CR: 3 wrong, RC: 9 wrong and SC: 5 wrong). Clearly verbal is my weakness. Since then I've studied and practiced a lot of questions for both Quant and Verbal. I am satisfied of my Quant prep now since I've reduced a few of the silly mistakes I was making. Regarding RC and SC I went through the grammar rules and strategies for them. The main reason for doing badly in RC was due to the way I was approaching the passage as a whole. My goal is a 700+ score as I aim to apply to the top business schools in US and Canada mainly (seems pretty unrealistic so far).

As for your questions:

1) How long have you studied? Past 3 months but regularly since the last month
2) What study materials have you used so far? I have done verbal from MGMAT, Kaplan and some part of the ultimate GMAT verbal guide found on this forum. I feel my understanding of the grammar rules is all over the place that might be contributing to low accuracy on SC.
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)? 570 (Q44, V25) and 580 (Q44, V26)
4) What is your goal score? 700+
5) When are you planning to take the GMAT? July 26th
6) When are you planning to apply to Business School? early rounds for next year
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to? Mainly schools in US and Canada

Thanks!
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Hi SalmanAK,

Thank you for clarifying the information about that Score in your profile. Based on the information that you've provided, there are a few things to discuss:

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores. If you've been studying consistently for just 1 month, then that would help to explain why you have not scored significantly higher yet.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your 2 CAT score results show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 580 +/- a few points). Raising a 580 to a 700+ will likely require at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

With your current Test Date, you have just 3 weeks of potential study time remaining - as such, you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date. Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level.

1) What 'steps' do you go through when working on a typical RC, SC or CR prompt?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
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