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Need guidance on resources - online course for verbal [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 01:16
Hi,

Need insight, i have scored 620 ( v 30 , q 45 ), i wanna score 700+ , and for which i need to take verbal 30 to 37/38 and quant from 45 to 48/49.

I am confident that quant is not a problem with me, and i can increase the same form 40 to 48/49.

But, i am looking to increase verbal from 30 to 38, and i am sure this leap requires strategic and conceptual help.

Please guide me, i have following options so far

1) e-gmat ( almost 330 $ with 4 points gurangee on verbal :) - this excites me :) )
2) gmat pill ( verbal capsule - not sure , though have heard good about this )
3) any one to one tutor with hourly charges ( as such i am less inclined to this , but i am considering this as option )
4) Kaplan gmat advanced ( 800$ , not sure if its worth for me since i dont need the foundations etc )

And , please give me feedback about the book - kaplan advanced.

thanks in advance
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Re: Need guidance on resources - online course for verbal [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 05:00
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I really, really recommend the Powerscore CR Bible. It does an amazing job explaining each type of CR question and how to attack it systematically. If you're weak in grammar, I've heard great things about the MGMAT SC Guide.

Now for reading comprehension, I suggest you read voraciously (in English!). Anything goes: fiction (I'd choose Dickens over Sidney Sheldon), non-fiction, the WSJ, etc. You'll not only get a good sense of what good writing should be like (which will help you with SC and the AWA) but you'll also sharpen the habit of understanding complex texts. If you're really short on time, I would choose classics from the 20th century by authors like Steinbeck, Salinger, Hemingway, and their friends because the vernacular used in their work isn't outdated yet.

Many older classics are available online (Project Gutenberg, for instance) for free. If you're really going to focus on verbal only, you should just spend $50 or so on the relevant books. Read, though. Every single question type in GMAT verbal essentially tests whether or not you learned how to read and reason properly (even for SC; you're expected to know what a grammatically sentence looks like).

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Re: Need guidance on resources - online course for verbal [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 09:11
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wayahead123 wrote:
Hi,

Need insight, i have scored 620 (v 30 , q 45), i wanna score 700+ , and for which i need to take verbal 30 to 37/38 and quant from 45 to 48/49. I am confident that quant is not a problem with me, and i can increase the same from 40 to 48/49. But, i am looking to increase verbal from 30 to 38, and i am sure this leap requires strategic and conceptual help.

Please guide me,

thanks in advance


Dear wayahead123,

I'm happy to make a suggestion here to help you. :)

Check out Magoosh test prep (http://gmat.magoosh.com/). We have over 200 lesson videos, to help you with every aspect of GMAT math and verbal, both content and strategy. Here's a same lesson video on SC grammar:

http://gmat.magoosh.com/lessons/615-modifiers-i

We have over 800 practice questions, each one with its own video explanation of the solution. Here's a sample SC question --- when you submit your answer, the following page will have the video.

http://gmat.magoosh.com/questions/1097

Finally, when you join Magoosh, we will answer any GMAT question from any test prep source, so it's an excellent complement to all the material you already have.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Mike :)
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Re: Need guidance on resources - online course for verbal [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2012, 09:40
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wayahead123,

Your score is not going to go up unless you improve your verbal. This is going to be the most sensitive to your score. The marginal benefit for one point increase in rawscore in verbal is very big. What you need is strategic and conceptual help - do your research on the what is out there and what programs focus on that area you're looking for.

For a diagnosis, I'd need to know what area your weakness is in. But safe to say, many people are either stuck with SC or they are stuck with RC+CR. The strategies are entirely different and you'll want to focus on speed and efficiency as a foundation for changing your thought process. There is a unique approach to reading passages that you should check out for GMATPill - http://www.gmatpill.com/practice-questi ... -guide-rc/

Once you've changed your strategy, do your practice on questions from the OG guide - forwards, backwards and in random order. I tell students not to trust questions from any prep company - the most reliable ones are from the OG guide which are all official. Use practice questions from prep companies to let you practice your frameworks - then apply them in realtime to OG and that's how you'll perform on the real exam.
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