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In long underlined question, the cognitive overload is too much. I generally forget the meaning and specially details while skimming through options after reading sentence. Taking notes while reading the question will waste time. Re-reading also wastes time.

Most of the time, while try to read whole sentence quickly, I miss the details e.g. supposed changed supposedly, remind changed to reminded.

I understand there can't be one strategy that suits all. But just wanted to know options. What strategy should I follow? Can I improve through practice?

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Every GMAT SC question will test at least 2 concepts: and you must be able to identify what these are. If you have no clue what concept is being tested, it means that you need to revisit your SC fundamentals! there are some things that are usually wrong on the GMAT, and which would do you good to remember. For example, the GMAT prefers active voice over passive. It also prefers a concise statement over a wordy one. Use these to identify which answer choices you need to be wary about.
So keeping some basic notes in mind and through practice you will be able to tackle any question
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ajit_223 wrote:
In long underlined question, the cognitive overload is too much. I generally forget the meaning and specially details while skimming through options after reading sentence. Taking notes while reading the question will waste time. Re-reading also wastes time.

Most of the time, while try to read whole sentence quickly, I miss the details e.g. supposed changed supposedly, remind changed to reminded.

I understand there can't be one strategy that suits all. But just wanted to know options. What strategy should I follow? Can I improve through practice?


Focus on decision points would be required. We have a post that discusses exactly this problem - 100% of the GMAT Sentence Correction Question is Underlined

Check out the link:
https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... nderlined/
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ajit_223 wrote:
In long underlined question, the cognitive overload is too much. I generally forget the meaning and specially details while skimming through options after reading sentence. Taking notes while reading the question will waste time. Re-reading also wastes time.

Most of the time, while try to read whole sentence quickly, I miss the details e.g. supposed changed supposedly, remind changed to reminded.

I understand there can't be one strategy that suits all. But just wanted to know options. What strategy should I follow? Can I improve through practice?


With this kind of questions, for me, I often compare words by words in each choice and focus on the different parts of them. As comparing two options, I consider which one is better and keep them.

I don't know which method is the best here, but this kind of method is just a trick to finish SC question. The most important thing is that you need to understand the basic concept in GMAT so you could quickly realize which one is better while choosing between two good options.
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