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Dismal Verbal Score - Advice Needed [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 18:06
Well I would first like to thank everyone on the forum for all of the help throughout the past couple of weeks, I finally took the real GMAT today and scored a 660 (Q46,V35) after 2 months of studying. Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed in my performance on the verbal section. On my 6 practice tests (4 manhattan and the 2 GMATprep), I had been scoring in the range of 35-45 on verbal, so I guess my score today is an indication that my true verbal proficiency is at the bottom of that range.

I have gone through all of the manhattan guides multiple times, have done all the official guide problems, and I am now trying to create a study plan for the next 4 weeks as I have signed up to retake the exam on September 18th.

If anyone has any advice on how to tackle the verbal for the next couple of weeks without losing my abilities in quant, I would greatly appreciate it. I am also a little tired of the same study material, so if anyone has any advice on how to switch up the material I am using and make studying a little more interesting, that would also be great. I am really down on myself as I had scored 710's on 2 of my practice exams, and I really hope this forum can provide some insight on how to overcome this.
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Re: Dismal Verbal Score - Advice Needed [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2012, 18:56
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Well I would first like to thank everyone on the forum for all of the help throughout the past couple of weeks, I finally took the real GMAT today and scored a 660 (Q46,V35) after 2 months of studying. Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed in my performance on the verbal section. On my 6 practice tests (4 manhattan and the 2 GMATprep), I had been scoring in the range of 35-45 on verbal, so I guess my score today is an indication that my true verbal proficiency is at the bottom of that range.

I have gone through all of the manhattan guides multiple times, have done all the official guide problems, and I am now trying to create a study plan for the next 4 weeks as I have signed up to retake the exam on September 18th.

If anyone has any advice on how to tackle the verbal for the next couple of weeks without losing my abilities in quant, I would greatly appreciate it. I am also a little tired of the same study material, so if anyone has any advice on how to switch up the material I am using and make studying a little more interesting, that would also be great. I am really down on myself as I had scored 710's on 2 of my practice exams, and I really hope this forum can provide some insight on how to overcome this.



35 - 45 translates to 74 - 98 percentile in verbal, which is a pretty wide range. I would suggest you not to rush into another test till you are consistently scoring 42+ in verbal. Aristotle RC is good for practice and so is SC grail. You can also check out the links(below) for the recent posts that I have made on verbal.
If you truly are at the bottom of that range, then 1 month may not be enough to build the skills. Then again, it may have been a bad day for you.
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Re: Dismal Verbal Score - Advice Needed [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2012, 06:01
Legendaddy,

Thank you so much for the quick reply. I know that my verbal is lacking, but feel that I can get to where I need to be in a month. I will take a look at the SC grail and the RC and see if that makes a difference.
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Re: Dismal Verbal Score - Advice Needed [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2012, 07:44
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If anyone has any advice on how to tackle the verbal for the next couple of weeks without losing my abilities in quant, I would greatly appreciate it. I am also a little tired of the same study material, so if anyone has any advice on how to switch up the material I am using and make studying a little more interesting, that would also be great. I am really down on myself as I had scored 710's on 2 of my practice exams, and I really hope this forum can provide some insight on how to overcome this.


Keep you're head up. Going over lots of questions can only get you so far. But you're close.

Did mental stamina have anything to do with your performance? Were you tired by the end of the test (after IR + Quant)? Make sure you approach your study sessions with the same intensity that you would for the actual exam. Of course, break them down into smaller segments first - then put them all together for actual practice tests.

If you're looking for some fresh questions on verbal, you can take a look at these online questions and go through them http://www.gmatpill.com/gmat-practice-t ... -questions
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Re: Dismal Verbal Score - Advice Needed [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2012, 10:38
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Well I would first like to thank everyone on the forum for all of the help throughout the past couple of weeks, I finally took the real GMAT today and scored a 660 (Q46,V35) after 2 months of studying. Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed in my performance on the verbal section. On my 6 practice tests (4 manhattan and the 2 GMATprep), I had been scoring in the range of 35-45 on verbal, so I guess my score today is an indication that my true verbal proficiency is at the bottom of that range.

I have gone through all of the manhattan guides multiple times, have done all the official guide problems, and I am now trying to create a study plan for the next 4 weeks as I have signed up to retake the exam on September 18th.

If anyone has any advice on how to tackle the verbal for the next couple of weeks without losing my abilities in quant, I would greatly appreciate it. I am also a little tired of the same study material, so if anyone has any advice on how to switch up the material I am using and make studying a little more interesting, that would also be great. I am really down on myself as I had scored 710's on 2 of my practice exams, and I really hope this forum can provide some insight on how to overcome this.


Lots can happen on test day, so unless you feel like you maxed out your potential when you took the real test your ability could very well be above 35. The real key to effective study in this month is to focus on your areas of weakness, based on data and your personal assessments. You have some great data available from the GMAT CATs, what is that telling you?

You've been through all the OG problems, but how has your review been? You should be spending A LOT of time reviewing your problems to really understand what you're doing right and what you are doing wrong (you should be reviewing correct answers too).

Lastly, you need to make OG practice a significant portion of your study plan during these next 4 weeks. Use other tools as a supplement, but you've got to get super comfortable with real GMAT verbal problems.

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Re: Dismal Verbal Score - Advice Needed   [#permalink] 31 Aug 2012, 10:38
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