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# Which question types of SC constitute 80 % in GMAT

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28 Jan 2019, 15:22
Hi,

I am trying to see which question types will take 80% of SC questions in GMAT test.
I think focusing on those question types that appear more frequently in the test will improve my score.

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29 Jan 2019, 06:42
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Brother, you are preparing for gmat exam. So there is nothing such like 80% or 90% rule. Prepare for all the things. Sometimes even 10% part is there in 40% question. So it’s better to prepare for the worst. There is no 80-20 rule here.

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29 Jan 2019, 06:51
tapasgupta wrote:
Hi,

I am trying to see which question types will take 80% of SC questions in GMAT test.
I think focusing on those question types that appear more frequently in the test will improve my score.

Hi tapasgupta

There are no guarantees that certain question types make up maximum of the test. infact, this approach will penalise you more!
Imagine you get "assumption" question of say 500-550 level and you have never ever practised assumption? What next?

Remember - GMAT penalizes more for simple incorrect answers than it rewards the difficult but correct ones!

All the best buddy!!
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29 Jan 2019, 06:59
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tapasgupta wrote:
Hi,

I am trying to see which question types will take 80% of SC questions in GMAT test.
I think focusing on those question types that appear more frequently in the test will improve my score.

Apart from what Laksh128 had said, i can answer you particular question you want to know which type of concepts being tested in GMAT SC.

Sentence Corrections (SC) (35% out of verbal) (13 questions approx out of 36)

1. Comparisons (11%) (1 or 2 questions)
2. Meaning/Structure (6%) (1)
3. Idioms (10%) (1 or 2)
4. Modifiers(20%) (3)
5. Parallelism (25%) (3)
6. Pronouns (9%) (1 or 2)
7. Punctuations (1%) (0 or 1)
8. Subject-Verb Agreement (9%) (1 or 2)
9. Verb/Tense Form (9%) (1 or 2)

Note: Bold ones build upto 80% of total of SC. There is no such hard and fast rule for above split, these analysis are done by me while preparing my SC Part and it based on questions appears in Official GMAT Guides from 2015 to 2019.

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29 Jan 2019, 10:15
tapasgupta wrote:
Hi,

I am trying to see which question types will take 80% of SC questions in GMAT test.
I think focusing on those question types that appear more frequently in the test will improve my score.

Hey tapasgupta

If I were you, I wouldn't take this approach towards GMAT. One more scenario that's highly plausible is GMAT throws multiple questions from area of the questions that you've gotten wrong. Assume you haven't concentrated much on modifiers and you get one question on modifier that you unfortunately get wrong. There's a high possibility of the next couple of SC questions revolving around modifiers, so this approach will only make the matter worse.

Though I haven't seen the above scenario happen in prep companies' mocks, I had one personal experience in real GMAT in late 2017. I got one question on subject-verb agreement wrong and I got close to 2 more SC questions around SV concept. This scenario may be a coincidence or may be how the algorithm works. Either way, the takeaway is there's no guarantee that 80% of questions will come from one particular area.

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29 Jan 2019, 14:21
Hello,

Thank you all for your wonderful replies.

My strategy for CR was to get the 80% first i.e. Inference, assumption, Strengthen and weaken. So focusing more on these topics rather than on bold face and flaws in reasoning will get me the higher score.

Similarly, For Quant - Numbers, Inequalities, Absolute values, Statistics. Probability.

So, as per your advise, I will go on everything for SC.

But what about CR and Quant, should I go with my strategy or study for everything.

It is funny that when I read the book 80-20 principle, I thought that I should give it a try on GMAT.

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