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I was wondering if there's a post on sentence correction strategy similar to this post for RC: https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-destr ... 30247.html? (sudarshan22, hazelnut broall ). While at it, is there a post for CR that might have all the commonly tested patterns (nightblade354 )? Sorry, I tried looking but I drew a blank.

I'm averaging 2 min for medium to hard level Qs with an accuracy of 60-90%. I'm usually stuck between 2-3 choices, which take the most time. As a result, I'm struggling to finish verbal.

I'm following the strategy mentioned in the Manhattan SC guide:
1) Take a quick glance and notice the starting and ending splits. (Takes 3-4 seconds)
2) Read the original sentence for meaning. (Takes time)
3) Find a starting point. (Quick to find one)
4) Eliminate based on that point.
5) Repeat 3-4 until left with one choice. (Takes majority of the time)

I've pretty well-versed with the SC content. I've gone through Manhattan's and e-gmat's SC material quite a few times.

I would really appreciate some tips (mikemcgarry, GMATNinja ). Also, would you recommend going through all the OG SC questions again in order to improve to pattern recognition (ability to apply learnt content) and to help with revision? I was thinking that it might help me a bit. I've my exam in 2 weeks.

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Mentioned below are some of the pointers based on my personal experience.

1) The first thing that comes to my mind for mastering SC in verbal is hands-down e-gmat SC course, You can opt for e-gmat verbal course or go through below free resources mainly for SC.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/e-gmat-s-all ... 44985.html
P.S. It is not any paid advertisement from my side, the course is indeed very helpful :lol:

2) Always go for the meaning of the sentence, remember - meaning over any other rules. Do read the sentence completely till the end, many of the times there is one keyword at the end-non-underlined part that completely changes meaning of the sentence( Damn you GMAC, you ain't giving me that point so easy :P ). We have this habit of going for an option which looks/ sounds good but take a pause and try to infer what the intended meaning is before hitting the submit button.

3) Go through Ron Purewal's videos(must if you are aiming to score high in SC) mentioned in below link:
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21A ... 2A63933A42

4) Try revising SC flashcards, you can prepare them on your own or just download one that is floating on the GC already, and trust me there are plenty useful ones.
Personally I found the below mentioned flashcard the best, Thank you slingfox :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/slingfox-s-g ... 96483.html

5) Follow some verbal legends here on GC, go through the ways they tackle SC questions and I guess that should be it.
If you follow the aforementioned pointers, you would be the next GMAT SC Spartan. ;)

Happy learning! :thumbup:
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dabaobao
Mentioned below are some of the pointers based on my personal experience.

1) The first thing that comes to my mind for mastering SC in verbal is hands-down e-gmat SC course, You can opt for e-gmat verbal course or go through below free resources mainly for SC.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/e-gmat-s-all ... 44985.html
P.S. It is not any paid advertisement from my side, the course is indeed very helpful :lol:

2) Always go for the meaning of the sentence, remember - meaning over any other rules. Do read the sentence completely till the end, many of the times there is one keyword at the end-non-underlined part that completely changes meaning of the sentence( Damn you GMAC, you ain't giving me that point so easy :P ). We have this habit of going for an option which looks/ sounds good but take a pause and try to infer what the intended meaning is before hitting the submit button.

3) Go through Ron Purewal's videos(must if you are aiming to score high in SC) mentioned in below link:
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21A ... 2A63933A42

4) Try revising SC flashcards, you can prepare them on your own or just download one that is floating on the GC already, and trust me there are plenty useful ones.
Personally I found the below mentioned flashcard the best, Thank you slingfox :
https://gmatclub.com/forum/slingfox-s-g ... 96483.html

5) Follow some verbal legends here on GC, go through the ways they tackle SC questions and I guess that should be it.
If you follow the aforementioned pointers, you would be the next GMAT SC Spartan. ;)

Happy learning! :thumbup:


Go through Ron Purewal's videos(must if you are aiming to score high in SC) mentioned in below link:
https://onedrive.live.com/?authkey=%21A ... 2A63933A42

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Try this :
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dabaobao, this video goes through some advice on how to set your priorities efficiently on SC. Hopefully that will help a bit.

It doesn't necessarily sound like your general approach is flawed, though. My hunch is that the trouble is happening AFTER you've already eliminated anything with a clear grammatical error. At that point, you have to figure out how the tiny differences between the answer choices affect the meaning and logic of the sentence. That part is much trickier, and it can take some time to really develop that skill. (And I hope that my hunch is wrong, because your test is coming up really soon!)

If that first video doesn't do the trick -- or if you want some examples of what to do when the meaning gets really hairy -- check out this follow-up.

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Hi dabaobao,

Your post seems focused on Verbal questions/advice, but based on your prior Official Score, you appear to have a big opportunity to pick up points in BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections. 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:

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4) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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I need some advice on improving my timing in Verbal. I would really appreciate if some experts/mods could shed some light on this. GMATNinja hazelnut nightblade354 Vyshak

I’m pretty well-versed with the verbal content since I’ve gone through Manhattan’s and e-gmat’s verbal material quite a few times. I've also completed CR Bible. I've been practicing 2 RCs everyday for the past 4 months. I've also been doing 2-3 verbal mock timed sets [36 Q (14 RC, 12 SC, 10 CR) in 65 min] using GC tags. I can never finish the test. When the last 2-3 minutes are left, I'm usually >85%ile but I'm left with around 8-13 questions for which I randomly mark D for all in order to complete the test. This pattern has been consistent over various CATs and my practice mock tests. More details here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-maxim ... 69791.html.

I believe I need to work on my application of concepts so that I can do Qs faster. I’m current average is 2/Q for SC and 2.5/Q for CR and RC.

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Do you think I need to cover any additional material or watch videos in order to improve my speed in Verbal?

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This might be an awkward Q :| Which verbal video series would be more useful in my case of decent accuracy but slow speed (I believe in terms of application of concepts and strategy, particularly for SC & CR): Thursday with Ron’s videos or GMATNinja’s videos? I have great respect and appreciation for GMATNinja Sir but Ron's videos seem to be quite a popular choice. I would want to know what's the difference between them. I've watched 1-2 videos but for different sections so it's hard to decide which one to go with.

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Except for 1 playlist (GMATNinja Live Tips - Season 1), I don't seem to find any playlists for GMATNinja's videos. Any suggestions on how to go through them in an organized manner? It would be great if GMATClub could create different playlists for GMATNinja's videos since I've heard that they are really good.
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There is some good advice here already - have you seen my post about Timing Strategies by chance?
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dabaobao wrote:

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This might be an awkward Q :| Which verbal video series would be more useful in my case of decent accuracy but slow speed (I believe in terms of application of concepts and strategy, particularly for SC & CR): Thursday with Ron’s videos or GMATNinja’s videos? I have great respect and appreciation for GMATNinja Sir but Ron's videos seem to be quite a popular choice. I would want to know what's the difference between them. I've watched 1-2 videos but for different sections so it's hard to decide which one to go with.

There's no way anybody could give you a particularly useful answer to this, unfortunately. Ron and I are radically different teachers, and we have wildly different personalities. So our videos will resonate differently with different people. If you're not sure, why not watch them both, and see what you can pick up? There's no reason why you have to choose one or the other.

dabaobao wrote:
Q3:
Except for 1 playlist (GMATNinja Live Tips - Season 1), I don't seem to find any playlists for GMATNinja's videos. Any suggestions on how to go through them in an organized manner? It would be great if GMATClub could create different playlists for GMATNinja's videos since I've heard that they are really good.

We've done two live video series. The first is detailed here; the second is here. More coming soon.

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