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How to take it all in?? [#permalink] New post 02 Jan 2012, 10:31
Dear Gmat Club, this forum has been very helpful as it is full with useful info. I'm doing the 2 month study plan and am currently 3 weeks from my exam date. I am scoring in the mid 600's on the practice exams and my goal is to get to 700. For the last 4 weeks I mainly studied the quant and still need to practice some problems but definetly have a good grasp on most of the concepts. I've been scoring about 42-43 on the Quant and I think I still can do better. On my verbal I was scoring a 35 prior to starting to study and once I went over the material (I'm using Manhatta Gmat strategy guides and practice exams) I got a 28 (especially rough on Sentence correction 10/15 incorrect). This was my 4th practice exam and looking back it was really the SC that killed me. This was right after I read thru the MGmat SC book! It seems like it just confused me with all the rules. This brings me to my question... it seems like the SC has an abundance of information that is just impossible to remember, which vs. that, Object/subject, and the idioms!! What was your strategy for SC and how did you succeed? :shock:
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Re: How to take it all in?? [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2012, 00:13
read through it more slowly. The key to verbal is ANALYZE ANALYZE ANALYZE.

Make sure you go through every question you've done and read EVERY answer choice and KNOW why each is wrong. You have to be able to pinpoint like this:

(a) wrong because verb is plural and noun is singular
(b) wrong because pronoun refers to possessive noun
(c) wrong because of misplaced modifier
(d) wrong because the wrong use of tense
(e) correct because verb is plural and noun is plural

If there is a concept you just cannot tackle, throw it on a flash card. Put on a flash card which vs that. and put two sentences on the back. Everyday try to use a sentence that uses those two words. Know which one can become part of a subordinate clause. Know which one must be close to the thing it is referring to.

Verbal is tough because we don't see instant results, but you have to stick with it. I started out with a 32 verbal and I'm now at a 45. Make it a game. Do a little every day and review what you've done the day before. There will be no stopping you
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Re: How to take it all in?? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2012, 18:22
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SC is the easiest section to improve so definitely take advantage of that. Remember not to make stupid mistakes.


Also, business schools are not going to like a strong imbalance between your quant and verbal score. Make a strong effort to improve your verbal score. If you're a busy professional, your time is valuable. Don't waste time reading books. Start off by developing a strong foundation on how to approach GMAT exam questions. Learn where all the booby traps are and develop test strategies that allow you to answer the question correctly without necessarily reading through the entire question and all the answer choices.

The GMAT verbal is arguably more important to your score than GMAT quant as described in this article: http://www.gmatpill.com/the-gmat-pill-m ... -strategy/

Of the GMAT verbal sections, SC is the easiest to improve and RC is probably the section that will take the longest time to improve. These RC videos may help.

Some people recommend reading the NY Times. While that may be beneficial in the long run, it's unlikely that reading NYTimes will actually help boost your score in a few weeks. Focus on keywords in the passage so you know when you should really pay attention and when you can "skim" parts of a paragraph. This is almost an art rather than a science and takes time to develop.


Remember, your time is limited so study smart, not hard.

Hope that helps! Focus. Focus. Focus.
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Re: How to take it all in??   [#permalink] 26 Jan 2012, 18:22
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