I have query regarding low verbal score in practice test. As I am following Princeton review test series which is primitive of all the existing series as per the forums. I am also following forums but not able to perform well in verbal.Would please guide me how to work on CR and SC topics and solve their respective question with in 2 minutes so that I can give time on RC. I read Manhattan SC book complete and working on Manhattan CR
as advised by you in your self prep forum but still I am not able to grasp on the question .I have taken a exam date on 12 Dec,2013.Please help me to improve.
My score in Princeton test series are :
1. GMAT 10(PRACTICE FREE TEST) : Q46 V25 T590
2. GMAT 1 : Q46 V29 T610
3. GMAT 2 : Q46 V15 T510
4. GMAT 3 : Q41 V13 T460 (I feel disappointed as score are continuously low in verbal)
I can follow any effective study plan and give up to 10-12 hour daily for improvement of my scores.Please help me .
Howdy! I think that I can help!
First, to improve your verbal, you need to be read every day. I recommend that you read articles in The New York Times or in The Economists. You need to be in the habit of reading in English all the time, especially material that will mirror the reading on the test. You will always be exposed to important idiomatic structures and a formal writing style that will help you to identify right answers in the SC section. When you read an article, always work to identify the main idea, the connection between ideas in each paragraph, and the author's opinion. You need to do this on the test, so you might as well do it for everything you read.
Second, before worrying about timing, you need to focus on accuracy. Spend your practice sessions doing problems without a timer. Spend as much time as you need to understand the question and solve it. Spend a lot of time reviewing your mistakes and make note of your mistakes so that you can review them later. As your accuracy increases, then you can start thinking about pacing and timing, not before.
Third, make sure that you can identify each type of RC, CR, and SC question. You should know the strategies for approaching each of these questions and also know the common wrong answers associated with each type of question. You should not have to think too much about this on test day.
Fourth, the more practice problems you do, the better your score will be. I recommend finding new material to practice with since the Princeton Review is of fairly low quality, as you point out. You need to practice with high quality questions if you really want to see improvement. I recommend downloading the GMATPrep software to take practice tests and purchasing the Official Guide to the GMAT 13 Ed. You could even buy the 12th edition and probably save some money.
Fifth, create a study schedule for the rest of the days that you have left. Organize your time and plan out your studying so that you use your time efficiently.
Lastly, make sure you are taking breaks during the day. Studying 10 - 12 hours a day will not help you unless you are taking breaks and getting proper rest. To set yourself up for success, you cannot study that much. You won't learn anything. So make sure that every hour you are breaking for at least 5 minutes, and I would not study for longer than 4 hours at a time in a day.
I hope you find these suggestions helpful.
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