sentence correction weakness - what to do?

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sentence correction weakness - what to do?

by resilient » Wed Mar 26, 2008 9:52 pm
I have been trying more SC today and its not a good picture. I am scoring around a 60-70 percent correct. THis is my biggest weakness in verbal. I dont know how to approach all the choices. I know how to see the splits yet cant play the options against each other. Maybe I should get a tutor. Any advice? I have read the grammar books, yet get snagged on many areas!

I need a game plan of some form to finish this. My approach of going through the manhattan gmat and powerscore sentence correction bible has not really brought my scores to a satisfactory level. Im open to all options in order to fix this. Thanks for your help!
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by michelsmithm » Thu Mar 27, 2008 2:41 am
I think you have to practice by yourself go on to as much nice books as you can just try to improve grammar and vocabulary i hope you will be improve very soon.

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by black_cat » Thu Mar 27, 2008 3:40 am
Well, this is my best section because I have an English degree and have spent almost 20 years as a professional communicator. My advice would be to review the grammar basics. Most study books tell you what kind of errors SC questions are trying to test (e.g., subject/verb agreement, idioms, etc.). Learn that list.

Even with my experience, I still get tripped up once in a while if I don't fully dissect each sentence. Always start by determining what kind of error you need to fix (always, always, always!!!). After reviewing the 5 answer choices, you should be able to tell. Also, they LOVE to throw in superfluous preposotional phrases and you can usually ignore those to get at the core of the sentence. Those are there to intentionally throw you off track.

I've also noticed that in most questions, typically 3 of the choices are quite obviously wrong. Just by reading them, you can see the awkward structure or language. Many times it comes down to 2 answer choices that are excrutiatingly close, but at least you have a 50-50% chance at that point.

The other thing I'll say is be careful not to rely on what you think you know (the way you talk everyday) because SC questions are typically testing the good old fashioned rules of English (snore!). The more questions you do, the more you should be able to see what you need to solve for in each question. I do think practicing and reviewing grammar rules are the two best strategies.

Good luck!

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Same story

by sangeethai » Thu Mar 27, 2008 4:11 am
Hi Engin,
My situation is identical to yours. I was faring mostly with a 60 %. Then I decided to do each chapter of the Manhattan SC guide coupled with the OG 10 questions for that chapter(the Manhattan guide has the oG 10 Q's pertaining to that chapter). It's been just 2 days since I tried this and have found that my hit rate has gone up to 66 %. I just wish I did this earlier in the prep as I have just about 12 days left for my test. Anyways I am glad that I found a way to increase my SC at least now. I plan to make the most of it for the next 10 days. I hope this helps.

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by Spence » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:56 am
Get a grammar book that can help you master the core grammar rules. I'm generally pretty solid on SC but I got Grammar Smart, and it's a pretty good guide.