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# Verbal - Strategies for Chooing Between 2 Options Left

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09 Dec 2008, 02:42
Dear all,

When doing the verbal part, I am very often able to eliminate 3 options. I am often frustrated by the remaining 2 options. Almost 99% of questions I got wrong involved wrong selections from the annoying 2 options left. I developed a strategy which is not quite useful or I was just unlucky. MY strategy is that when, for example, only A and B are left, and I think A is the most possible answer, I selected B. But it often turns out that A is the correct answer. But when I think A is the most possible answer, and I choose A; then B is the answer.

Can anyone who can share with me what you will do when facing this situation?
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09 Dec 2008, 08:59
No I am not. But my English is very good as I could score 6 in GMAT analytical writing in my 1st attempt.
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09 Dec 2008, 09:18
I'm not sure I have any new advice for you. I think the best approach is to find even just 1 thing wrong with a sentence and then you can cross it out. Since you've done that already and narrowed your choices down to 2, the differences between the two choices is going to be very slight and difficult to detect. At this point, think about the more obscure rules of English grammar. If you've not used the MGMAT SC Guide, I suggest you read it once (or as many times as you can handle) and that really helps. It helped me a lot.
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09 Dec 2008, 19:05
Thank jallenmorris,

This happens to me not only in SC, but also in Reasoning and Comprehension. My rate of getting the questions right is 50/50 when this situation arises. so it's pretty like guessing.

I am sure if I can crack this type of questions, I can easily get at least 95 percentile for verbal.
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12 Dec 2008, 13:30
Thanks "yhc25" for pointing out this issue. I have similar problem too and am still trying to find out some way to get rid of it. I wonder that how I am so accurate that I choose only the wrong options (out of last two) in SC, RC and CR. I too tried to find out some way as you have spotted but that plan never worked out..... Strikingly I too have a low score 580 in GMAT.

@ jallenmorris: Can you please mention that what you meant by "obscure" grammar rules?
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12 Dec 2008, 13:40
What I mean by the obscure grammar rules are those rules that are not frequenlty tested on the GMAT. We often see questions that do not use parrallelism incorrectly, an incorrect idiom, or an improper verb or adverb. These are often seen and we learn them easily. I'm having a difficult time thinking of an "obscure" rule at the moment. There are certainly grammar rules that you may only see once or twice on the entire verbal section and never again. These rules may be the difference between a right or wrong answer, but the trade off is that if you spend a long time learning these rules, they do not pay much for the investment. you may not even see a question that deals with some rules.

priyankur_saha@ml.com wrote:
Thanks "yhc25" for pointing out this issue. I have similar problem too and am still trying to find out some way to get rid of it. I wonder that how I am so accurate that I choose only the wrong options (out of last two) in SC, RC and CR. I too tried to find out some way as you have spotted but that plan never worked out..... Strikingly I too have a low score 580 in GMAT.

@ jallenmorris: Can you please mention that what you meant by "obscure" grammar rules?

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