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# SC Strategy

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30 May 2017, 07:41
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There will usually be a choice split in the ratio of 3:2 or 2:2:1 in the options for SC questions

For example:

Since 1966, roughly 21 percent of those enlisted in the USMC had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years.

(A) had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years
(B) have reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(C) have reached an E-5 ranking in under three years
(D) had reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(E) have reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years

You can see 3 haves: 2 hads. When you eliminate had, you can directly remove options A and D at one go.Now, it boils down to B,C and E, of which you can clearly opt for B as it makes the most sense!

There are cases when a 3:2 or 2:2:1 split is not possible. But, usually, you will find a split. This technique helps saving time as you can eliminate choices at one go and you can answer more accurately.

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31 May 2017, 12:01
mb0812 wrote:
There will usually be a choice split in the ratio of 3:2 or 2:2:1 in the options for SC questions

For example:

Since 1966, roughly 21 percent of those enlisted in the USMC had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years.

(A) had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years
(B) have reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(C) have reached an E-5 ranking in under three years
(D) had reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(E) have reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years

You can see 3 haves: 2 hads. When you eliminate had, you can directly remove options A and D at one go.Now, it boils down to B,C and E, of which you can clearly opt for B as it makes the most sense!

There are cases when a 3:2 or 2:2:1 split is not possible. But, usually, you will find a split. This technique helps saving time as you can eliminate choices at one go and you can answer more accurately.

PLEASE GIVE KUDOS IF IT HELPS !!

Hi mb0812,

This question is already discussed here : https://gmatclub.com/forum/since-1966-roughly-21-percent-of-those-enlisted-in-the-usmc-104302.html

If discussion does not help then you can post your query on the existing thread. You can always use "RWQUEST EXPERT REPLY" facility to get reply from verbal experts.

You may ask if you have any further doubt.

Hope it helps.
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01 Jun 2017, 02:15
mb0812 wrote:
There will usually be a choice split in the ratio of 3:2 or 2:2:1 in the options for SC questions

For example:

Since 1966, roughly 21 percent of those enlisted in the USMC had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years.

(A) had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years
(B) have reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(C) have reached an E-5 ranking in under three years
(D) had reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(E) have reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years

You can see 3 haves: 2 hads. When you eliminate had, you can directly remove options A and D at one go.Now, it boils down to B,C and E, of which you can clearly opt for B as it makes the most sense!

There are cases when a 3:2 or 2:2:1 split is not possible. But, usually, you will find a split. This technique helps saving time as you can eliminate choices at one go and you can answer more accurately.

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Just want to add more points. The choices could be split into any way, not limited to 3/2 or 2/2/1. Could be 4/1, 3/1/1 or even 1/1/1/1/1. Hence this strategy doesn't help us much.
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21 Jun 2017, 10:15
mb0812 wrote:
There will usually be a choice split in the ratio of 3:2 or 2:2:1 in the options for SC questions

For example:

Since 1966, roughly 21 percent of those enlisted in the USMC had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years.

(A) had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years
(B) have reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(C) have reached an E-5 ranking in under three years
(D) had reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(E) have reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years

You can see 3 haves: 2 hads. When you eliminate had, you can directly remove options A and D at one go.Now, it boils down to B,C and E, of which you can clearly opt for B as it makes the most sense!

There are cases when a 3:2 or 2:2:1 split is not possible. But, usually, you will find a split. This technique helps saving time as you can eliminate choices at one go and you can answer more accurately.

PLEASE GIVE KUDOS IF IT HELPS !!

Yes, though this is how almost every prep course starts their SC lessons, you should consider yourself lucky if you get these splits throughout the actual test and end up scoring high. So long story short, invest more time understanding and applying the rules of Grammar and solve all the questions with such splits in record time.
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21 Jun 2017, 10:47
mb0812 wrote:
There will usually be a choice split in the ratio of 3:2 or 2:2:1 in the options for SC questions

For example:

Since 1966, roughly 21 percent of those enlisted in the USMC had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years.

(A) had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years
(B) have reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(C) have reached an E-5 ranking in under three years
(D) had reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(E) have reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years

You can see 3 haves: 2 hads. When you eliminate had, you can directly remove options A and D at one go.Now, it boils down to B,C and E, of which you can clearly opt for B as it makes the most sense!

There are cases when a 3:2 or 2:2:1 split is not possible. But, usually, you will find a split. This technique helps saving time as you can eliminate choices at one go and you can answer more accurately.

PLEASE GIVE KUDOS IF IT HELPS !!

Hi,
As I observed we can have a split ratio for 600-level questions
Haven't seen 700-level questions with this ration. (or didn't pay attention )
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29 Sep 2017, 05:53
mb0812 wrote:
There will usually be a choice split in the ratio of 3:2 or 2:2:1 in the options for SC questions

For example:

Since 1966, roughly 21 percent of those enlisted in the USMC had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years.

(A) had reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years
(B) have reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(C) have reached an E-5 ranking in under three years
(D) had reached an E-5 ranking in less than three years
(E) have reached an E-5 ranking in fewer than three years

You can see 3 haves: 2 hads. When you eliminate had, you can directly remove options A and D at one go.Now, it boils down to B,C and E, of which you can clearly opt for B as it makes the most sense!

There are cases when a 3:2 or 2:2:1 split is not possible. But, usually, you will find a split. This technique helps saving time as you can eliminate choices at one go and you can answer more accurately.

PLEASE GIVE KUDOS IF IT HELPS !!

I agree that we should always search for the split and the decision points, not sure however about the ratios
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