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Hello everyone......

I am 38 years old and reasonably well placed in career as an Assoc Director of Engineering within the medical automation sector with a MS in EE degree. I have always wanted to take the GMAT and do an MBA from a well respected university, without a clear area of expertise. Call it mid-life crisis or wanting to run and complete a mental marathon, I signed up on December 7th 2018 to take the GMAT on January 17th, 2019. Took some ManhattanPrep baseline tests and scored

Manhattan CAT - score 600 (December 7th) - Q 45, V 28
Manhattan CAT - score 550 (December 15th) - Q 39, V 30

CAT (GMAC Practice test) - score 650 (December 29th) - Q 49, V 29

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Am trying to work hard, to see if I can get closer to a 700.
Question 1 = SC is an area where I routinely hit 50/50 on 600-700 levels. I end up getting an incorrect answer on 50% of the questions attempted, and then after reading the solution, the right answer always COMPLETELY makes sense. I seem to be missing one or two words that tend to skew my decision toward the wrong answer. Any feedback on how to improve the 50/50 pattern closer to 75/25 on SC?

I am really unsure about the schools that I should apply for, as I am in So Cal and due to family and job commitments, I may only do an Exec MBA. I have not shortlisted any schools, and have been putting off the decision of where to apply after I score on the GMAT. With my career profile, I do not even know if 650+ is a good score to get into UCLA or UCSD or an Ivy League that offers an eMBA. Just so many questions without answers........sorry about blurting out my thoughts in this post, but I am reaching out for help ! If someone can understand my viewpoint and provide some guidance ..... any guidance at all.......it'll be greatly appreciated........ok back to taking more SC tests on the forum :-)!
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Hello everyone......

I am 38 years old and reasonably well placed in career as an Assoc Director of Engineering within the medical automation sector with a MS in EE degree. I have always wanted to take the GMAT and do an MBA from a well respected university, without a clear area of expertise. Call it mid-life crisis or wanting to run and complete a mental marathon, I signed up on December 7th 2018 to take the GMAT on January 17th, 2019. Took some ManhattanPrep baseline tests and scored

Manhattan CAT - score 600 (December 7th) - Q 45, V 28
Manhattan CAT - score 550 (December 15th) - Q 39, V 30

CAT (GMAC Practice test) - score 650 (December 29th) - Q 49, V 29

Exclusive GMATClub free tests on January 1st - score 610

Am trying to work hard, to see if I can get closer to a 700.
Question 1 = SC is an area where I routinely hit 50/50 on 600-700 levels. I end up getting an incorrect answer on 50% of the questions attempted, and then after reading the solution, the right answer always COMPLETELY makes sense. I seem to be missing one or two words that tend to skew my decision toward the wrong answer. Any feedback on how to improve the 50/50 pattern closer to 75/25 on SC?

I am really unsure about the schools that I should apply for, as I am in So Cal and due to family and job commitments, I may only do an Exec MBA. I have not shortlisted any schools, and have been putting off the decision of where to apply after I score on the GMAT. With my career profile, I do not even know if 650+ is a good score to get into UCLA or UCSD or an Ivy League that offers an eMBA. Just so many questions without answers........sorry about blurting out my thoughts in this post, but I am reaching out for help ! If someone can understand my viewpoint and provide some guidance ..... any guidance at all.......it'll be greatly appreciated........ok back to taking more SC tests on the forum :-)!
Executive programs generally don't look for absurdly high GMAT scores, so a 650-700 score target sounds fine (700 is 88%, clearly more than just "fine" :)).

As for SC, if you already feel comfortable with the concepts, keep track of all the mistakes you make and review them until you become more familiar with the patterns tested on the exam.
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Gekkdude wrote:
SC is an area where I routinely hit 50/50 on 600-700 levels.

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Hi Gekkdude,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Regarding SC, the real question is WHY you are getting only 50 percent of the questions correct. I realize that you understand the answer AFTER you read the solution; however, the reason you are not able to correctly answer the questions the first time is likely because there are many weaknesses in your SC skills that must be addressed, right?

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 likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, 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 clearly refer to nouns? 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 logical meanings. 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, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and 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. 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 to extend your streak. After learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your 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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