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How to improve verbal to 40+?

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Re: How to improve verbal to 40+? [#permalink] New post 12 Jul 2012, 21:10
wow an amazing thread! :) I am going to need to use every bit of the advise ! thanks guys!

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Re: How to improve verbal to 40+? [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2012, 12:10
What was your real exam experience in terms of Q difficulty?

I had practiced and studied from many resources but now i am only using Q's from Official resources such as OG12/13, QR/VR 1 and 2, and QP1 to formalize my D-Day Game Plan . People say that the real exam Q's are tougher than the official resources.
Am i making a mistake or its completely ok to do so?

I tried few of the tough problems (as per my error log) from VR 2 and OG12 again.
In CR and RC, I found that without taking abbreviated notes, i can not solve the Q's with confidence. The good part of the story is that with abbreviated notes my accuracy is close to 100%. It is so ironic is that i resisted taking notes until recently :-(
But the bad part of the story is that i am taking around ~ 2 minutes (plus minus 15 seconds) to solve a CR Q.

In case of RC, the reading timing is ~4 minutes with 30 seconds plus minus variation. But after that i take ~1 minute 15 seconds with 15 second plus minus variation and with close to 100% accuracy. This timing data is for hard problems from QP1, OG12/13 etc.

I am kind of planning to take notes and will try the same in my test this weekend.
Is it a good idea to rely on notes? Is it practical possible in real exam to take notes in CR and RC?

I would love to use Bunnel's strategy mentioned at:


But mentioned SC timing is beyond my capabilities for sure :-(

My SC time is around ~100+ seconds. I am yet to get the final data for accuracy in SC as its varying from 60-70% in hard problems and around 90% in easy and medium problems.

I am scoring in 48ish range in Quant and my target score is 710-720.

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Re: How to improve verbal to 40+? [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2014, 14:29
gmatsaga wrote:
vandygrad11 wrote:
Yeah, I agree with arun. Context is far more important in the 700+ level questions that in the lower difficulty ranges. In fact, context is so important that it's often quicker to solve 700+ level questions than lower difficulty ranges because of obvious meaning changes.

Spot on. I noticed that for 700-level questions POE becomes "rather" obsolete.

Once you accept this fact you will be able to tell yourself that the quantitative and verbal parts of the GMAT are tightly integrated.

Can you explain how this shows that the Q and V sections are tightly coupled?
Re: How to improve verbal to 40+?   [#permalink] 01 Jun 2014, 14:29

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