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New post 28 Jan 2018, 05:14
Hi guys,

Wrote my official test yesterday and it was a bit disappointing. In the past practice GMAT exams I was able to hit 40+ on each of CR/RC/SC respectively. I just got the enhanced score report and to my surprise I ended up with 51/51/30 for CR/RC/SC with an overall score of 41 on verbal. Not sure what went wrong here that led to the terrible SC score. I understand the questions are adaptive ie. if i'm doing really well in CR/RC then i'll be getting tougher SC questions but still 30 seems very odd. I'm not a native speaker but have lived in North America for the last 18 years. Any advice on how to improve SC? Does it make sense to hire a gmat tutor at this point for some 1 on 1 lessons aimed at SC?

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Hi guys,

Wrote my official test yesterday and it was a bit disappointing. In the past practice GMAT exams I was able to hit 40+ on each of CR/RC/SC respectively. I just got the enhanced score report and to my surprise I ended up with 51/51/30 for CR/RC/SC with an overall score of 41 on verbal. Not sure what went wrong here that led to the terrible SC score. I understand the questions are adaptive ie. if i'm doing really well in CR/RC then i'll be getting tougher SC questions but still 30 seems very odd. I'm not a native speaker but have lived in North America for the last 18 years. Any advice on how to improve SC? Does it make sense to hire a gmat tutor at this point for some 1 on 1 lessons aimed at SC?

Thanks


Seems like V41 is a decent score and if your quants score is good eg Q51 => then you can focus on building a solid profile and GMAT score is 25% os process => rest 75% is profile, essays ,and interview etc

Anyways still if you want to nail SC -> go through Thursdays with Ron.
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bakhshyan wrote:
Hi guys,

Wrote my official test yesterday and it was a bit disappointing. In the past practice GMAT exams I was able to hit 40+ on each of CR/RC/SC respectively. I just got the enhanced score report and to my surprise I ended up with 51/51/30 for CR/RC/SC with an overall score of 41 on verbal. Not sure what went wrong here that led to the terrible SC score. I understand the questions are adaptive ie. if i'm doing really well in CR/RC then i'll be getting tougher SC questions but still 30 seems very odd. I'm not a native speaker but have lived in North America for the last 18 years. Any advice on how to improve SC? Does it make sense to hire a gmat tutor at this point for some 1 on 1 lessons aimed at SC?

Thanks


Seems like V41 is a decent score and if your quants score is good eg Q51 => then you can focus on building a solid profile and GMAT score is 25% os process => rest 75% is profile, essays ,and interview etc

Anyways still if you want to nail SC -> go through Thursdays with Ron.


My quant was 48, bringing the total score to 720. Not sure if it will be good enough for H/W/S. I feel like SC should be the area where I can stand to improve the most. Apologies but I am new here - what do you mean by Thursdays with Ron?
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bakhshyan wrote:
sahilvijay wrote:
bakhshyan wrote:
Hi guys,

Wrote my official test yesterday and it was a bit disappointing. In the past practice GMAT exams I was able to hit 40+ on each of CR/RC/SC respectively. I just got the enhanced score report and to my surprise I ended up with 51/51/30 for CR/RC/SC with an overall score of 41 on verbal. Not sure what went wrong here that led to the terrible SC score. I understand the questions are adaptive ie. if i'm doing really well in CR/RC then i'll be getting tougher SC questions but still 30 seems very odd. I'm not a native speaker but have lived in North America for the last 18 years. Any advice on how to improve SC? Does it make sense to hire a gmat tutor at this point for some 1 on 1 lessons aimed at SC?

Thanks


Seems like V41 is a decent score and if your quants score is good eg Q51 => then you can focus on building a solid profile and GMAT score is 25% os process => rest 75% is profile, essays ,and interview etc

Anyways still if you want to nail SC -> go through Thursdays with Ron.





My quant was 48, bringing the total score to 720. Not sure if it will be good enough for H/W/S. I feel like SC should be the area where I can stand to improve the most. Apologies but I am new here - what do you mean by Thursdays with Ron?




Thursdays with Ron is recorded video session narrated by Ron Purewal => you can find the videos in MGMAT website in free resources -> Quants 48 is low ->

I will advice you to give one more GMAT official test after brushing up Quants => get at least Q50 or Q51 is u can..
Q50 V41 => ~740-750 approx => so then you will have better chances at least from gmat score part.


You can even find Thursdays with Ron video link in Carcass's directory , so you can download them for playing offline as well.
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sahilvijay wrote:
bakhshyan wrote:
Hi guys,

Wrote my official test yesterday and it was a bit disappointing. In the past practice GMAT exams I was able to hit 40+ on each of CR/RC/SC respectively. I just got the enhanced score report and to my surprise I ended up with 51/51/30 for CR/RC/SC with an overall score of 41 on verbal. Not sure what went wrong here that led to the terrible SC score. I understand the questions are adaptive ie. if i'm doing really well in CR/RC then i'll be getting tougher SC questions but still 30 seems very odd. I'm not a native speaker but have lived in North America for the last 18 years. Any advice on how to improve SC? Does it make sense to hire a gmat tutor at this point for some 1 on 1 lessons aimed at SC?

Thanks


Seems like V41 is a decent score and if your quants score is good eg Q51 => then you can focus on building a solid profile and GMAT score is 25% os process => rest 75% is profile, essays ,and interview etc

Anyways still if you want to nail SC -> go through Thursdays with Ron.


My quant was 48, bringing the total score to 720. Not sure if it will be good enough for H/W/S. I feel like SC should be the area where I can stand to improve the most. Apologies but I am new here - what do you mean by Thursdays with Ron?




For your ref.
https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/thursdays-with-ron/
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Did you experience the same issues with SC in the mocks? How was your SC performance in GMAT Prep mocks? With such a stellar Verbal score, I am surprised to see a low SC score. But then, you definitely can improve on SC. You should know all the grammar rules and then use "meaning/logic" as a tool to eliminate wrong choices.
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Did you experience the same issues with SC in the mocks? How was your SC performance in GMAT Prep mocks? With such a stellar Verbal score, I am surprised to see a low SC score. But then, you definitely can improve on SC. You should know all the grammar rules and then use "meaning/logic" as a tool to eliminate wrong choices.


During mocks I was able to hit around ~40 on sentence correction. I think the problem could be that I solve most of the SC just by what sounds right instead of by the actual grammatical rules.
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During mocks I was able to hit around ~40 on sentence correction. I think the problem could be that I solve most of the SC just by what sounds right instead of by the actual grammatical rules.


Aah, that may be an issue. You must know Parallelism, Comparisons, Modifiers, and Subject Verb rules. These are heavily tested. Then other things such as Idioms (some are very crucial), Verbs, Pronouns and of course meaning become important. The best strategy for SC, in my opinion, is

- Read the sentence slowly, understanding the INTENDED MEANING and the usual big hitters SV pair, SV number, IC/DC, modifiers, parallelism etc
- Try to find 1-2 mistakes in the original sentence (if any) and eliminate all options with the same mistakes.
- Carefully review the remaining options and use POE to arrive at your answer.

I'd also highly recommend reading this post from GMATNinja

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... l#p1836416

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