I did re-take the GMAT in Nov. I managed to push my verbal score from 31 to 39. Thought I'l post my experience. But I got a bit busy with applications..so here we go..
SC: Rules + practice
- I ensured that I pounded Manhattan SC guide repeatedly to absorb all the rules. For ellipsis alone, I referred Kap 800.
- Identifying the errors, and choosing the best answer(you don't get an ideal answer mostly for gmat verbal) is a skill to be developed by practice.
CR : Strategy + practice
- I used the power score CR bible
objectively. I would randomly read a chapter and form a 2-3 checkpoint and strategy to attack the question type.
- Since there are a lot of question types, I suggest adequate question-wise practice, especially in those that are difficult for you. You need an error log
to identify that. A lot of practice can align you with the gmat style of testing.
RC: Active reading - whats ur point author?
A monster, only till you are afraid. Doing a lot of CR will help here. However, to solve my concentration and speed problem, I read a lot. I read 2-3 articles at a time from Economist
, Business Week or Frontline. The gmat passages felt like a joke after this. When I saw a RC passage, I was ready to attack it. Thats the spirit! Of all the techniques, I found the straight forward method of reading the passage, para by para, organizing my thought on how it changes/supports the content presented so far, and then going to questions and getting back to the passage for each question. Even if the question is easy, its necessary to verify by re-reading the relevant portion.
Pressure + less time = wrong answer:
In verbal, I always ran out of time. In the last 10 questions especially, I used to leave out an entire RC and hurry with a string of CR and SC questions.
Adhering to the timing by accelerating in each time slot(15 minutes) ensured that I did not have to do all the acceleration in the last 10 questions and ruin my score. This is easier said than done. So practice.
When taking a test, I always performed better in a section that I practiced the day before. So 2 days before taking a CAT, I ensured I practiced all the sections
. I guess it gives confidence and flow!
1. DOMINATE the test. This was very important for me.
2. Prepare adequately and do the ground work. Plan and have a schedule to cover the basics and get practice.
3. Then Identify your weaknesses and target them till you outperform. Everyone is different.
4. Practice from Manhattan, Kaplan
, etc., But stick to OG and gmatprep questions, especially in the last few days. It puts you in sync with the GMAC way of framing right/wrong/deceiving answers.
This test was very daunting for me. Especially because, I pressurized myself too much. Its important to stay motivated, but not pressurised. It only dampened my performance - reduced my quant score.
Never quit! Out of the 40 days of prep before my second attempt, my verbal score climbed Suddenly in the last 15 days! Thanks to the targeted effort to gain confidence in RC and CR.
Be sure to give it adequate time. In both the attempts I scored 10-20 points less than my recent Gmatprep scores. So know what score you like to see and see it in the gmatprep before you take the GMAT. ATB.
Beware, this is only my take on the GMAT.