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For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 06:22
Hi Amneet,

yes, vocaboly software, I mean to say. They have trail version available for free. If you like then you can buy the complete software from them. It's pretty costly to buy the complete software but some one in GMAT club was willing to share the cost, I don't remember where I read about that in one of the GMAT club's post.

If you ask me, initially I thought the same about RC. I don't have rich vocabulary. However I think that, in stead of learning new vocab words at this stage would not benefit much. Almost always my answers about tone of the author are wrong. But I think that there will be max 2 questions like that. I have decided to focus on other parts of the preparation where I can work on and be 100% accurate, like SC.
I mean that's my opinion.

I didn't improve CR in only 10 days or so. Frankly telling, even after doing CR bible, I was not at all improved. Then I did OG10 and lately in OG10 I started seeing improvements. We are sinking in the same boat about professional background.
Verbal is the biggest night mare for me as well. I remember myself spending maximum time for SC preparation. I have gone through doing grammar book as well.
However my SC accuracy is 60% .

About RC, as everybody says, doing 3 passages a day can improve accuracy. We can try that.
Let's study together and fight the evil verbal !!

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 07:57
Than let it be 3 passage daily on RC to improve the performance I would say why not
3 RC passage , 20 SC and 20 CR question daily and see how we perform
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 08:02
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Than let it be 3 passage daily on RC to improve the performance I would say why not
3 RC passage , 20 SC and 20 CR question daily and see how we perform



Hi amneet,

That sounds a very good plan.
Do you have any specific book in mind or can we start from OG 12?

Ready to study !!

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 08:16
I was thinking of doing RC from OG12 and CR and SC from OG 10
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2010, 19:58
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Have you tried 1000 SC, CR & RC? I think they have some great questions. If you have time to spare, try them.
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2010, 09:33
I know but I want first to complete OGs first than I will surely do 1000SC and CR
by the thanks for advice...!!!!
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2010, 00:41
For everyone who is foreign (I'm not) to English - my g/f is Polish and recently took the IELTS exam - my best advice is READ READ READ as much as you can from many different sources to get more comfortable with English!! there are lots of posts on this anyway.
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 24 Aug 2010, 21:47
I agree with n2739178.
Reading is the best way to improve ENGLISH. Its better to start now than to repent later. Start something interesting and then go for novels having convoluted sentence structures.
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2010, 06:13
I am Not able to read Fiction books but ve started reading few articles from The Economist and New York Times.

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2010, 18:44
whenever i find time i read Scientificamerican.com for science passages,Wall street Journal and also harvardmagazine...

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 07:52
Hi,
I am taking GMAT this Friday and feeling really unprepared, because of Verbal :(. My weakness is CR, most of the incorrect answers of Verbal section in GMATPrep are CR. I have been working seriously on it, but for some reasons I cannot improve my CR.

I used PowerScore CR and took notes of all the question types as well as the approach to crack them. After finishing this book, I began practising on OG 12 and Verbal Review and got shocked due to the countless wrong answers :((. I tried to figure out the reason: the major shortcoming was that I did not determine clearly the premises and the conclusion, hence, I got deceived by tricky answer choices. Then I attempted CR again, paying more attention to the premises and the conclusion and reviewing the PowerScore CR notes, but it appears to me that this struggle doesn't help!!! I still get many wrong answers in the GMATPrep.

In sum, the reasons can be as follows:
- My critical reasonning is truly weak (I feel so ashamed but I must admit it)
- Wrong materials, wrong approach

Although I haven't taken the exam, I am having the bad feeling that I will have to retake. If this scenario happens, I will have to build a solid plan to improve my Verbal, especially the CR. In order to do this, I must find out the reasons why I am beaten by it.

Pls kindly give me some pieces of advice!

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 08:02
Do not panic. Now its the right time to revise everything.

Whatever has gone forget it and be confident about your preparation as you can not learn much in few days.
But being confident about your preparation will help you boosting your score.

Good luck and keep us updated.
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 10:20
I think identifying premise and conclusion is crucial to CR. Powerscore has an excellent strategy especially with prephrasing and so on. If you need more help with CR check out the threads on the CR forum. Keep an error log. And you can check out the CR guide I put together. It's in my signature.

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 14:14
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I think identifying premise and conclusion is crucial to CR. Powerscore has an excellent strategy especially with prephrasing and so on. If you need more help with CR check out the threads on the CR forum. Keep an error log. And you can check out the CR guide I put together. It's in my signature.

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Powerscore CR also breaks it down by question type. It will show you common correct answers and incorrect traps that try to trick you!

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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2010, 15:27
that's what make powerscore the best
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 00:01
I'm back :).
I have already taken the GMAT today and the score is as low as I predicted. The reason is that I screwed the Verbal up totally.
Honestly, I am NOT afraid of Verbal, although I am a non-native. The failure is not caused by my English proficiency, rather by my approach to this section.
It's time for self-assessment :)
@whiplash: I had a look at your CR guide, truly succinct and comprehensive. Thank you for sharing this guide!
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 02:28
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I have faced similar situation in CR when I did it for first time.

Read the book thoroughly and solve the questions untimed. DO NOT worry about the time. Do not touch SC for time being. Once you are done with this CR book, do 3-4 questions daily and side by side start Mgmat SC.

Once you wind up MGMAT SC, do 3-4 questions of both CR and SC daily.
when you are done with SC, start CR bible again. Keep doing both the question types daily. Reason why i m asking you to do CR bible again is my accuracy was increased from below 50% to 80% just after my second revision. If required I will revise CR bible and SC multiple times and would like to advice you the same.

Another important thing - do not move to the next section unless you have grasped the previous one. DO NOT rush, build your fundamentals first and do not practice much questions. Once your fundamentals are built, practice as much as you can.


Me again. I spent the whole afternoon to read all the posts in this thread and I found this post. I wish I had read it earlier during my prep :(.
I was in the similar situation when I prepped for CR: after reading CR bible for the first time, I felt like I could grasp the fundamentals but in reality I didn't! I made a huge mistake to rush, practise the problems in OG 12 (and got many Q wrong) and failed to devote time to revising the knowledge gap.

I will try to follow gurpreetsingh's approach by re-reading the CR bible, taking notes and doing about 3-4 CR questions per day. After completing CR Bible, I will crack MGMAT SC and keep doing CR in the same time, moving in a smooth manner.

But the problem is: I have exhausted the CR practice problems in OG 12 (I remember the OA for each problem), so I won't have any reliable materials to practise during my GMAT retaking preparation :(. Perhaps I should try MGMAT and Kaplan instead.

Hope to receive your comments about my retaking strategy :)
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 10 Sep 2010, 03:48
you can buy og verbal as well.

Even if you have done og once, do it again and analyze why the option is right or wrong.

For harder problems , LSAT could be used.
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Re: For all those who fear from Verbal- lets give it a fight [#permalink] New post 13 Sep 2010, 04:00
Manhattan OG Verbal companion is also very good.Wonderful questions and explanations.Try it.
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