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Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 04:46
Hi everyone,

I have to improve my verbal as currently I am getting around V23 and need to take it higher. I have done OG, Kaplan and MGMAT SC. As per BB's advice, I am reading those books on the list to improve RC.

I am trying to take the tests from Princeton Review and wanted to know whether the verbal there is good to go through for improvement in verbal scores. Also, how does PR fare vis-a-vis the real GMAT?

any more suggestions to improve verbal scores are appreciated.
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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 06:35
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I found verbal PR to be just as off as Kaplan but probably a bit weaker.
It is worth going through it if you don't have anything else but you may get better ROI if you use Manhattan GMAT CR or Manhattan RC or PowerScore CR
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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 07:09
I tried reading Manhattan CR and have read the strategies for CR in that. I think for practice it points to OG questions. So, I was looking for practice which will elevate my CR skills.

since I have the club tests, I will take those as well to see how well I fare in those. BTW, how are those tests in terms of difficulty level (500/600/700 levels)? I actually need to raise my raw score to 35 from 25. Will this require an enormous effort?
I can take a look at Powerscore as it is quite popular here.....

For Quant: I had a Q47 on GMAT Prep, do you think I can improve that to 50 and if so, what more can I do and how much time should I devote to that. What will the effect on the overall score if i get a 49-50 score on Quant, 20-30 points or more? I have done around 7 of the Clubtests here and finished with OG, Kaplan. If I revise, I kind of know the answers so it doesnt seem too interesting. What would a verbal 35 and Quant 49 translate into for a GMAT score on 800?

Advice on this will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.......
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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 09:58
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Wow - you know how to pose three hundred questions in a single post. Just keep in mind that the more questions you pack in a single post, the less replies you will get.

I don't know if tests alone will help you gain 10 V points.

Look into this book: Kaplan Verbal Foundations - this is one of the best grammar books for GMAT i've seen (seems to be more targeted towards non-native speakers).
I just got a copy and thought it was great. My review should be already on Amazon.

q49, v35 = 700
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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 11:27
Thanks BB........
Yes I know I packed too many ques in that post but was just speaking my mind out...........

Will check out the book which you referred for sure.......

i took 2 Princeton tests and my scores were

1. 610 (Q45 - just 3 wrong and V29)
2. 610 (Q41 - 6 wrong and V34)

The main score was the same but I was more focussed on the verbal this second time and scored a 34. do you think, I can improve upon my verbal? I actually get stuck with 2 choices and eventually select the wrong one!! and this frustrates me to no ends........!!!
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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 11:33
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The main score was the same but I was more focussed on the verbal this second time and scored a 34. do you think, I can improve upon my verbal? I actually get stuck with 2 choices and eventually select the wrong one!! and this frustrates me to no ends........!!!


Yes, everybody does this and everyone improves, so you definitely have hope :)

Just make sure you print and bind all the questions you get wrong, esp. the ones that you have a situation like that.
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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 13:33
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If you are a fan of PR - I just got another book in the mail today for review.

1,012 GMAT Practice Questions (Graduate School Test Preparation)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/037542 ... 0375429271

From the first glance looks pretty good. There are about 500 Verbal questions - 150 RC's, 175 SC's and 159 CR's. They are all split according to the question topic - such as Assumption CR's Bold face CR's Subject verb agreement SC's. RC's are a bit screwed up, but nothing is perfect. The book does not much theory/concepts, but only targeted practice. The only issue is that most questions are sub-650 level and only a few are above. Also the PR verbal questions are usually a slightly different flavor than the OG, but still I think could be worth it.

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Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2009, 14:39
Thanks ........I will take a look at the bookstores and then decide whether I should buy the same or not........
but on second thoughts, wouldnt hurt to practice.......
Re: Princeton Review and Tests to improve verbal   [#permalink] 09 Jun 2009, 14:39
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