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03 Sep 2018, 07:41
Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

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I m very bad at sentence correction and I have 50 days so plz suggest all the materials , books , free lectures which I can access

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Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

Thank you!

The SC part of the Manhattan GMAT book series is by some considered the holy grail of SC. It covers most concepts needed.
SC is mostly learning and membering structures, idioms and common mistakes and requires lots of practise. I recommend you to do several questions here on GMAT Club every day, starting with <600 level and as you progress you can attempt harder questions.

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bobo16 wrote:
Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

Thank you!

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The good news is that SC is the easiest to improve in Verbal.
The MGMAT SC guide book is very good and will clear your concepts. However, the language is difficult to comprehend and may require 2-3 readings. Overall it will be useful. Further, you can refer to this post for help:
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Hi bobo16,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. For starters, great work on quant! A Q47 is a great start. Regarding verbal, since you scored a 30, although you think that you are weakest in Sentence Correction, you probably need to improve all aspects of verbal to improve your verbal score.

To improve your verbal skills, you need to follow a linear study plan that allows you to slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. You need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning question types. For instance, do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics such that you develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific 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.

Sentence Correction 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 likely is 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.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing 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 extended your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, 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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You may or may not find this to be helpful but here's what worked for me (48V score):

1: READ. Find a book that challenges you. Ideally, one of the classic American novels. Something by Hemingway, Twain, or Steinbeck. If those are too much of a struggle, maybe something more "modern" like Stephen King will be easier to read. Read for a half hour every night. This will help you get a good idea of how a sentence should sound.

2: Manhattan Prep SC: Go through and every you see a rule that you don't already know, write it down in your own words with an example. This may take a while, but at the end you'll know the "rules" as well as anyone. you'll end up with a chapter by chapter list of bullet points that you can quickly look through, turn into notecards, etc.
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23 Sep 2018, 09:05
bobo16 wrote:
Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

Thank you!

Best Books For SC

For learning Concepts

1. Manhattan SC Guide
2. Aristotle SC Grail

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Best Online Course for SC

E-GMAT (Only Verbal)

First learn the concepts and then Practice. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice.

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24 Sep 2018, 02:46
bobo16 wrote:
Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

Thank you!

Hi bobo16,

For verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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bobo16 wrote:
Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

Thank you!

Hi bobo16,

For verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Hope this helps. All the best.

Thank you so much!

Another question please, I have a 50% additional time accommodation. Would you suggest to use is during my prep? or to try and solve regular to make it a harder practice? If you do suggest do use it on prep, are you familiar with any cats that have such an option?

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rohan2345 wrote:
bobo16 wrote:
Hi Dear forum

I am studiying for the gmat for 7 weeks. I have started with a 610 score on the gmat prep software: 47 quant and bellow 30 verbal. My quant has improved significantly and on the last mock I have got 48, aiming fo 49-50 in the actuall test, But I got only 32 in the verbal section. I have also made a great improvement on the RC questions I am making up to 2 mistakes per passage (usually 1), and a solid improvement on the CR. My biggest problem is the SC, especially question that trap with modifiers. I can never tell if an adverbial/adjectival close/phrase is placed right, and what should come before what. My study materials are: Grail book , Magoosh, OG 2016 and I took some grammar lessons that helped a lot with the verb form question. I would like to go up to the high 30's / low 40's in the actual exam. Can anyone please suggest anything that worked for you.

Thank you!

Hi bobo16,

For verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Hope this helps. All the best.

Thank you so much!

Another question please, I have a 50% additional time accommodation. Would you suggest to use is during my prep? or to try and solve regular to make it a harder practice? If you do suggest do use it on prep, are you familiar with any cats that have such an option?

Thank you

Hi bobo16,

You can subscribe for GMATCLUB tests! They have an option to take sectional practice tests for Quant and Verbal. It will surely be worthwhile.

Hope this helps. All the best!
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You may not like this answer of mine. The most effective way to improve SC is to read attentively. Read a novel. Read business articles. Read philosophy. While reading, pay attention to how sentences are structured to deliver the exact meaning that the author wants to convey to the audience. Know what the subject is, what the object is. Know what clauses are included and what the subject, verb, and object of each clause are. Know what each of the pronouns refers to. Know what each modifier modifies and where the modifier is located relative to the main part of the sentence.

Once you have a sense of what correct sentences "sound" like, SC will become a breeze. This takes time and patience and will allow you to reach higher levels than only grinding the SC strategy books.
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