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09 Jul 2013, 07:22
Hi,

I took the GMAT a week back and didn't do well. I scored 550 (Q-45, V-24). I have been struggling to crack the verbal portion, particularly CR and SC. Before taking the test, I went through Manhattan guides for the SC,CR, and RC. I solved questions from the OG (Verbal) and took a few mocks before the actual test where I was around the 28-29 mark. I couldn't cross the 30 mark and to be honest I was getting confused in most of the questions.

I'm planning to retake the test. Please suggest me how to improve my verbal score. Are paid online sessions useful enough? If yes, which one to opt for? Please share your experience.

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Firstly do not be dejected. Purely judging by your scores I suspect that your verbal foundations need to be refined. You have top quality material but as you already know just doing problems from various guides is not the solution. You have to understand the solution and know the underlying concepts cold.

I suggest you look into MGMAT Foundations of GMAT Verbal or download the GMAT Club Ultimate Grammar pdf. Practice the concepts and drills for a week or two and then re-do MGMAT verbal guides.

Also your score could also be a result of timing on Verbal. Did you do CATs under timing conditions and consistently finished verbal on time?

As far as Quant is concerned you can check out GMAT Club tests and MGMAT Advanced Quant guide to push your Quant score to around 48 to help with your overall percentile.

I personally think throwing money at verbal courses without having a foundation will not be beneficial. But, again people can offer advices but you know better what works for ya.

Give your hard work a second chance before joining a course.

You have taken a strong decision to fight the GMAT again that itself is winning half the battle.

Wish you only the best!

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Hi,

I took the GMAT a week back and didn't do well. I scored 550 (Q-45, V-24). I have been struggling to crack the verbal portion, particularly CR and SC. Before taking the test, I went through Manhattan guides for the SC,CR, and RC. I solved questions from the OG (Verbal) and took a few mocks before the actual test where I was around the 28-29 mark. I couldn't cross the 30 mark and to be honest I was getting confused in most of the questions.

I'm planning to retake the test. Please suggest me how to improve my verbal score. Are paid online sessions useful enough? If yes, which one to opt for? Please share your experience.

Thanks,
Shreejit

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09 Jul 2013, 08:56
@Hulksmashgmat:

Thanks for a reply. Yes I'd work to push my Quant score as well and I am quite confident of that. But verbal, I am not so sure as I was not able to figure a way out. I was unable to apply the concepts or strategies read in MGMAT guides while answering the questions in tests. The main reason: fight against time to answer all the questions. There were times when I didn't really understand the question or answer choices properly and answered just to attempt the question. I guess I need a lot of practise more than anything. And yes of course, I'll start again from the basics.

For CR, I've heard a lot about PowerScore. How good or different is that book? Planning to buy it.

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09 Jul 2013, 12:35
You are most welcome. Like I suspected looks like timing was the main culprit and you are absolutely right you need more practice.

Yes, start from the basics, build your foundation and practice without timing to improve accuracy. Speed will come only after that step, there is no shortcut unless you are a super genius. It is basically training your mind in baby steps to take the big leap. I am thinking you have a error log if not this is a great time to do it.

Powerscore CR is highly recommended. If you search the forum you will see good reviews of it all around.

Cheers and keep us posted on the progress.

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@Hulksmashgmat:

Thanks for a reply. Yes I'd work to push my Quant score as well and I am quite confident of that. But verbal, I am not so sure as I was not able to figure a way out. I was unable to apply the concepts or strategies read in MGMAT guides while answering the questions in tests. The main reason: fight against time to answer all the questions. There were times when I didn't really understand the question or answer choices properly and answered just to attempt the question. I guess I need a lot of practise more than anything. And yes of course, I'll start again from the basics.

For CR, I've heard a lot about PowerScore. How good or different is that book? Planning to buy it.

Thanks again.

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06 Sep 2013, 23:20
@HulksmashGmat

Hello,

I need help from you. I was planning to take the GMAT again sometime in October end. When I look at the application deadline of colleges, some of the dates are in October. Is it okay if I am ready with my score,applications by November end and apply for R2? What will be my chances?

Also, do I take TOEFL or IELTS ?

Thanks!!

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07 Sep 2013, 09:00
shreejit16 wrote:
@HulksmashGmat

Hello,

I need help from you. I was planning to take the GMAT again sometime in October end. When I look at the application deadline of colleges, some of the dates are in October. Is it okay if I am ready with my score,applications by November end and apply for R2? What will be my chances?

Also, do I take TOEFL or IELTS ?

Thanks!!

Shreejit

Most of the US bschools have R2 deadline by Jan 2014...So if your done by november it gives you good time to prepare essays...

Taking Ielts or toefl will depend on your targets bschool...You can ask them through email to get the accurate answer.
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