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Need help [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 19:47
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I am facing some problems in Verbal section. Most of the questions from the category 700-800 are getting wrong while i am able to solve almost all <700 category correctly within time. I am getting tricked by the subtle facts hidden in answer choices and/or the questions. Please suggest me that what should i do to come out of this loophole and propel my score above 700. I have taken 1 GMAT prep test and 1 MGMAT test. I scored 620 in MGMAT and 650 in GMAT prep test.

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Re: Need help [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2012, 20:00
You may want to go though this post and all embedded posts. Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Re: Need help [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2012, 00:59
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Hi,

I am facing some problems in Verbal section. Most of the questions from the category 700-800 are getting wrong while i am able to solve almost all <700 category correctly within time. I am getting tricked by the subtle facts hidden in answer choices and/or the questions. Please suggest me that what should i do to come out of this loophole and propel my score above 700. I have taken 1 GMAT prep test and 1 MGMAT test. I scored 620 in MGMAT and 650 in GMAT prep test.

Thank you.


You need to give some more details. What's your Quant/Verbal split? Which sections are you particularly weak in? Which question types get you? etc
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Re: Need help [#permalink] New post 24 Jan 2012, 17:22
Thanks for your responses. Breakdown of my scores are as follows.

MGMAT -> Q 47, V 29 (620)
GMAT Prep test 1 -> Q 49, V 30 (650)

I am OK in RC but need to improve SC and CR. I am OK in Quants. I can't figure out specific question types that tricks me except for SC & RC questions in category 700-800.
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Re: Need help [#permalink] New post 25 Jan 2012, 04:14
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Thanks for your responses. Breakdown of my scores are as follows.

MGMAT -> Q 47, V 29 (620)
GMAT Prep test 1 -> Q 49, V 30 (650)

I am OK in RC but need to improve SC and CR. I am OK in Quants. I can't figure out specific question types that tricks me except for SC & RC questions in category 700-800.


I guess you meant SC and CR in the last line. Anyway, here are my thoughts on all three question types.

SC - Most people dislike it probably because it involves grammar, something we haven't touched for years now and also because we speak incorrectly. That said, the effort required to answer 70%-80% of SC questions correctly is not much. Most errors that appear on GMAT can be categorized - Agreement errors, Pronoun errors, Verb errors, Modifier errors etc. Learn to spot these quickly. Learning a list of rules doesn't help. Also, GMAT is focusing less and less on rules and more and more on logic e.g. above 700 level questions will often involve 'accuracy' errors i.e. grammatically an option is correct but it changes the meaning intended. We tend to overlook this error. So to improve SC, focus on the most common errors and make sure you know the correct usage. Then practice. OG12 has good questions to practice on. Go through the explanation of each and every option. Figure out why A, B, C and D are incorrect and why E is correct. Check out this post on the official GMAT blog: http://www.mba.com/mbacommunity/MBA_com ... -exam.aspx

CR - Very logical, very mathematical... You should be doing well in CR since you are strong in Quant. If not, it only means that your CR fundamentals are not in place. Once you understand the thought behind each question, I think you will be able to handle it very well. There are some things which are very important to keep in mind, especially in 700+ questions. e.g. While working on Strengthen/ Weaken questions, focus on the conclusion of the argument. That is what you have to strengthen/weaken. Make sure that the option you pick strengthens/weakens your conclusion, not a premise of the argument. At the end of the day, every CR question comes down to some such detail.

RC - Mainly practice will help. Read properly the first time around and note the scope, tone, organization and purpose of the passage. Then go on to questions. Do not make errors in the specific detail questions since the answer is right in front of you. Go back to the passage to confirm if you have a doubt. The extra 10 seconds are worth it. Veritas has an RC book which has many 650+ passages. In fact, some of them are the hardest that you could see on GMAT. It also discusses the various types of questions that are asked. Not that you need to know that for the exam but it helps in familiarizing yourself with what they are trying to test in each question type. You can practice from that book if you have the time.

Don't ignore Quant by the way. Keep practicing and keep trying to improve your score further. You don't want Verbal to go up at the expense of Quant going the other way.
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