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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2009, 13:59
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 29 Oct 2009, 02:49
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2009, 00:37
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 24 Nov 2009, 20:25
This is awesome!

I am in the 3-week countdown to GMAT. Verbal is always my worst enemy. But then i got 43 once on my math(usually it is 51) and of course at that time my verbal was kicking ass.

Sigh....I cannot even concentrate at work. The only time GMAT is out of my mind is when I work out and when I sleep.
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 17 Dec 2009, 21:19
Great. I like the making notes idea. I need to start that too!
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 23 Dec 2009, 22:52
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This is awesome!

I am in the 3-week countdown to GMAT. Verbal is always my worst enemy. But then i got 43 once on my math(usually it is 51) and of course at that time my verbal was kicking ass.

Sigh....I cannot even concentrate at work. The only time GMAT is out of my mind is when I work out and when I sleep.


Ha-ha. Congratulations on the 750. Looks like it paid off :)
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2010, 10:31
I recently installed the gmatclub iphone apps and came across various GRE/GMAT vocab apps. What's the deal with studying vocab for the GMAT? I know its necessary for the GRE but question the need to do so for the GMAT. Do you think it's beneficial to incorporate vocab review into GMAT prep?
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2010, 11:04
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I recently installed the gmatclub iphone apps and came across various GRE/GMAT vocab apps. What's the deal with studying vocab for the GMAT? I know its necessary for the GRE but question the need to do so for the GMAT. Do you think it's beneficial to incorporate vocab review into GMAT prep?


Thank you for your support - will be very interested in feedback about the apps.
As to Vocabulary, GMAC did a study and they saw no correlation between vocabulary study and improved GMAT score, so unless you are an international student that needs help with Vocab, I would not spend any time on that.
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 20 Jan 2010, 21:08
Going to start this verbal beast now...RAWR!
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2010, 12:28
Seems like the closest thing to the "Gmat Club Verbal Book" that is posted. Well done -- thanks!
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2010, 07:26
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 23 Mar 2010, 19:04
Excellent info, I'm a month away from the exam and the only concept I can't grasp is sentence correction. I'll make great use of these materials! Thanks!
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2010, 08:27
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 25 Apr 2010, 03:55
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 29 Apr 2010, 05:39
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Advanced Verbal Preparation [#permalink] New post 10 May 2010, 19:04
Thank u so so much, timetrader. A masterful article. :-D
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2010, 04:41
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 31 Aug 2010, 11:12
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? Please read this first. [#permalink] New post 20 Sep 2010, 13:22
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Re: New to the Verbal Forum? I. Starting From the Basics [#permalink] New post 03 Nov 2010, 05:06
Thanks for these links

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How to Improve Your Verbal GMAT Score: Starting From the Basics

1. Find areas that need improvement
Find out your weak areas. Every section, Section Correction, Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension has its own challenges and strategies how to overcome them. Take a GMATPrep or another free diagnostic GMAT test to identify areas of improvement.

2.Get necessary materials
When you get know your weakness don't rush into solving as many problems as you can. First make sure to learn the concepts. Get a good book. The choice will depend on your need. If you really struggle with verbal, consider buying specific books that cover each topic in detail.
Best GMAT Verbal Prep Books (Reviews & Recommendations)


3.Learn the concepts and strategies
Firstly, note that it's vital to learn the concepts first than move on to strategies. Tricks alone won't do the job for getting a high GMAT score.

Sentence Correction
It is claimed that SC is the area that is the easiest to improve on. In addition this section can be a real time saver for you because after mastering this topic solving a question takes 1 minute on average.
    -Learn the rules. Make sure you understand why one answer is correct and other answers are wrong.
    -Create Notes. This will help to memorize rules, and will ease the task of refreshing your knowledge, since you can always carry them with you. You might consider making them in a flash card format.
      ---Here some Examples of created notes by other users. But again those are just great examples, create your own notes!
Attachment:
Gayathari's SC notes .doc

Attachment:
Sahil's Grammar Notes.doc

Attachment:
Spidey-SC-Sentence-Correction-Notes.pdf

Attachment:
gauss_grammar_notes_341.pdf


      ---(!) Remember, that you can always ask for help from other forum users if you don't understand certain rule.

    -Learn the idioms and improve your vocabulary. Here is a list of idioms, common redundancies and most used vocabulary words created by forum users, you may find it useful.

Take an online Idioms test (30+ idioms) or download a PDF version.
Another list of Idioms - MS Word

Attachment:
GMAT Tiger's Idiom List(updt).zip


Useful links for SC:
useful-links-for-sc-83536.html

Sentence Correction Blog:
http://www.prachipareekh.net/

And this blog with more "user friendly" search:
http://gmat-grammar.blogspot.com/


Critical Reasoning

You don’t have to know the grammar or spelling here. It’s really ALL about the logic. Again, learn the concepts first. Some useful threads to read.:
HongHu's thread on logical reasoning - If X then Y, CR Help and Logical Fallacies, CR and AWA Help
Paul's definitions - СR Vocabulary
CR Principles for beginners

Reading Comprehension
For majority of people there is only one problem in this section - Lack of TIME. Now, there is no universal remedy to this problem.
Some strategies are discussed here- RC Timing Join in the discussion.
Maybe - Doing RC without reading the passage by Rhyme will work for you?
Or is the Gin's Technique of thorough reading is for you?
Attachment:
Gin's RC Tips.doc

Still scacred of the RC? Don't be shy. Post here - Very scared of the RC
After getting to know the concepts of RС, you can try different strategies to see which ones will work best for you.


4. Practice Questions
Practice, review, practice, review...
    - For practice in the timed environment you will find GMAT Timer tool useful. Use in conjunction with error log.
    - It is very important to keep the error log. This invaluable tool will help you to monitor your progress and find areas that need the most improvement. To read all about the error log, and how to get the maximum utility out of it go here - All about the error log..

Participate in verbal forum discussions.
    - Please take time to read the
    - Give the reasons for choosing the answer
    - Participation in forum discussions is great to fixate the knowledge attained from studies and practice. Try explaining some concept to several people and you yourself will remember it for a long time.
    - If you have trouble understanding some kind of a question, go ahead and post in on the forum
    - To get 70 extra hard SC questions for practice visit GMATT73's thread THE BRUTAL SC TEST (More than 2000 downloads!)
    - We are working on other compilations, so if you have something to share, please do!

5.Review the progress with full length test
After you feel that you progressed enough check yourself on the full length CAT test.


Other useful links:
Study Plan:
Attachment:
Study Plan.doc

Grammar references
1. http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/
2. http://www.bartleby.com/64/
Useful Things to know for SC


Special thanks to: Nervousgmat who wrote an awesome post- 720 (Q42, V47): HOW TO IMPROVE VERBAL - TIPS (highly recommend to read it)
And also Walker, Jasonc, Praetorian and all the people mentioned above who shared their knowledge, experience and contributed to this forum.
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