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670 (Q47,V34), disappointed. Seek advice to improve verbal

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670 (Q47,V34), disappointed. Seek advice to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2005, 22:08
Hi everybody,

First of all, thanks to everybody who is participating in this forum. Reading your experiences and opinions was really helpful.

I took GMAT in the beginning of July. The result was a bit disappointing: 670 (Q47,V34).

I thought I could do better. I prepared for 2-3 months.
Studied:
1) OG (studied last 1/3 questions in some sections)
2) Kaplan book and CD exercises
3) Kaplan 800 verbal exercises
Took practice tests:
1) PowerPrep: 550, 600 (just before test day: 740)
2) Kaplan diagnostic: 590
3) Kaplan: 540, 550, 590, 640
4) 800score: 650, 750, 650, 730
5) Princeton: 620, 680, 640
My major weakness areas were in RC and SC. I also have hard time reading the text as I really get into topic and content.

Could you advise me how I can improve my verbal part? Going through the same materials probably won't help me much. I understand that improving verbal part is much harder than quantitative, but maybe it's still possible.

Thanks
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2005, 03:41
Congrats HF_2005,

670 is still a very good score. but if you want to improve your verbal i suggest you get another book, Manhattan or Arco (doesn't really matter, it just has to be something fresh) and take your time and assimilate the basic things that are being tested, particularly on SC.

Then take all questions in the OG, if possible twice. Practice, practice and more practice should do it. all the best.
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 [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2005, 23:33
Kwasi7, thanks for congratulations and suggestions.

I'd focus on OG questions. Also I started going to a tutor. She is helping me by explaining some of SC questions.

Overall, I thought, verbal part on the test was not very hard. I probably missed severall questions at the beginning as there were, as I remember, 2 RC passages after several SC questions.

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 [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2005, 04:57
dude get 1000 SC doc and work through EVERY question!! It will do WONDERS for your VERBAL score
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 [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2005, 00:49
Thanks.
I really need to practice more and understand my mistakes. Also time management and staying calm are important.
Some of tips (general and specific) I collected from different posts:

You should be relaxed and resolute.
I trained with the OG by taking questions 10 at a time, under 20 min.
Study your mistakes.
Also make sure you know why your getting the answers right
make sure your approach is the most efficient way to solve the problem.
Approach each question like nothing else in the world matters except getting that question right.
Do not think about the past or future.
Completely focus on the question you are on and nothing else.
Do not let your mind wander at all. Every second counts.
Study Kaplan 800 for math
Study Kaplan Verbal workbook and PR verbal workbook
Study all OG RC and SC
Read LSAT RC and logical reasoning
Stop doing full length tests.
Firstly, focus on questions that you have got CORRECT in the past and try to identify the grammar flaws (for SC) in all the incorrect options
It is extremely important to keep an error log. It is more important to review your error log on a weekly basis.
Instead focus on the concepts and "learn the concepts to the bone".
Try to solve problems under timed conditions, you could do in steps of 20 problems at a time.
Be very careful of first few questions and keep track of your time during the exam.
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