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# SC Strat: Look for easy splits bef or after reading the full sentence?

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22 Mar 2018, 14:07
Dear all,

For those who were able to score 700+, do you usually look for easy splits at the beginning and the end of the answer choices, that is before reading the original sentence to understanding its meaning, or do you do look for splits after understanding the meaning?

I think the first approach allows you to figure out quickly what type of errors the question is about and can add a lot of value to your pre-thinking.

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23 Mar 2018, 00:53
Hey Aardwolf ,

I would always prefer to understand the meaning of the sentence first and then decide the splits. Directly jumping on to the splits without reading the sentence may rule out right options.

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23 Mar 2018, 08:33
Aardwolf wrote:
Dear all,

For those who were able to score 700+, do you usually look for easy splits at the beginning and the end of the answer choices, that is before reading the original sentence to understanding its meaning, or do you do look for splits after understanding the meaning?

I think the first approach allows you to figure out quickly what type of errors the question is about and can add a lot of value to your pre-thinking.

Do it twice!

When you first see a SC problem, start by doing a very quick 'first glance' before you read the sentence. Look for very obvious splits at this point. Look at the beginnings and endings of the answer choices. Also, check how long the splits are and how long and complex the sentence is. Like you say, doing this will help you know what to look for when you read the sentence.

Then, read the whole sentence carefully and understand its meaning.

Next, look for splits again and choose which one to work with first. You might pick one of the splits you saw during your 'first glance.' Or, having read the sentence, you might change your mind and look at something different. Either way, that's fine.
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Re: SC Strat: Look for easy splits bef or after reading the full sentence?   [#permalink] 23 Mar 2018, 08:33
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