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05 Aug 2007, 12:59
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Guys I need some hard core advice.

I've been at SC for over a month now, I am using the SC 1000 from GMATTER, I do chucks of problems from 25 to 35 and have never reached that 85 % - 90 % correct zone. The closest I've reached is 75% and it keeps flucutation between 65 - 75 % correct.

Do you guys suggest I should do bigger chucks of problems and max out the timer to 75 minutes. I've been consulting with Manhattan gmat sc book too. It's like i'm hitting a wall, how long do you think it's going to take me start hitting those high notes?. What do you think I'm missing in my strategy?

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05 Aug 2007, 13:54
I have similar problem. I am unable to consistently score 80%+ on SC1000.
I have two types of mistakes:
1. the ones that I know how to solve, but missed due to concentration or similar reasons
2. genuinely hard questions.

Most of my mistakes are type 1 mistakes; I wander why after certain point I am not scoring higher?
My average on the first 400 SC1000 questions is 73%.
Is that normal?

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05 Aug 2007, 17:38
I'm in the same boat, silly mistakes when I look back, but I do have one concerning pattern, problems contains mulitiple lines correction is taking me way to long almost 3 minutes to answer and with a 500 chance of success.

C'mon guys any words of wisdom???
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05 Aug 2007, 19:11
Sigh.... I guess that's why we all frequent this forum so often right? I'm also in the same boat as you guys. My test was supposed to be on Monday but I reschedule to Sept because my verbal just sucked that much. (this was confirmed after doing several practice exams). I haven't been able to get my verbal score above 34 (and that is on the high end). My math is okay (although I haven't concentrated as much) but my verbal brings down my overall score. I didn't take the verbal section very seriously when I first started studying and now I realize just how difficult it is to get to that level. I feel that I have exhausted all possible resources and I am going to try the Manhattan Sentence Correction book and perhaps enroll in an online course (too much going on with work). My advice to you is to keep practicing but also understand the structure of the sentence and look out for traps - try to stay focused (I seem to have a problem with that), and try not to feel bogged down by the details. The key is having the foundation (knowing the tenses, idioms, passive vs active voice, etc) and being able to pick apart the sentence. I have also completed the 1000 SC (along with questions from SEVERAL other sources) and I remember getting 60% in the beginning but towards the end I was averaging 75% to 85% and I would say a lot of the mistakes I made later were SILLY mistakes. Don't get discouraged! We're all here to help each other!

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05 Aug 2007, 23:11
Well.....i have been studying for GMAT for around 2 weeks now and i get like 70 -80% SC correct...at times maybe a lil more then that but thats it..
i think without proper knowledge of grammar as few people have in this forum ..you cant get 100% SC correct...honestly...apart from knowing a few basic rules for GMAT SC i rely a whole lot on my ear...but again...personally...if i can get like 85% of SC correct on real GMAT then i would be satisfied...because i definitely don't have time to get hardcore grammar education now...for people who have time on their hands.....i think they should really pick up a good grammar book.

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