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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.

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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:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-sc- ... 44623.html
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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.

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 are 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 in 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 read a paragraph, 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 questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with 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. You can perfect your reading strategy 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 tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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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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