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# Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it?

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Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  02 Sep 2012, 07:39
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I just took the Gmat and my overall was 640.I got Q50 AWA 5 and V25!As you understand from the AWA I have a good level in English!However, as I am not a native speaker, I would like to know if there are any tips that I can follow to improve the Verbal.

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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  02 Sep 2012, 13:30
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Hey guys

I just took the Gmat and my overall was 640.I got Q50 AWA 5 and V25!As you understand from the AWA I have a good level in English!However, as I am not a native speaker, I would like to know if there are any tips that I can follow to improve the Verbal.

Hi Zoe,

It's hard to improve just with "tips." If you're getting a 5 AWA, you definitely have the skills to pull that Verbal score up noticeably, but you'll have to put some work in to do it! What's your time-frame for your next test, and how much time per day/week can you commit to studying? Once I know that, I'll be much better able to point you to the resources that will help you out!

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Prepare with Kaplan and save $150 on a course! Kaplan Reviews Intern Joined: 02 Sep 2012 Posts: 7 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink] 02 Sep 2012, 23:21 Hi Eli! Thank you for your answer!I have one month left to study and the GMAT is the only thing I have to deal with this period.I am not working right now so the time I can commit to studying is 24/7! Zoe Intern Status: Free Bird Joined: 23 May 2012 Posts: 26 Location: India Concentration: General Management, Social Entrepreneurship GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44 GPA: 3.2 WE: Project Management (Computer Software) Followers: 14 Kudos [?]: 35 [0], given: 3 Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink] 03 Sep 2012, 06:34 ZoeGr wrote: Hey guys I just took the Gmat and my overall was 640.I got Q50 AWA 5 and V25!As you understand from the AWA I have a good level in English!However, as I am not a native speaker, I would like to know if there are any tips that I can follow to improve the Verbal. Thank you all in advance! Your quant score is great, so as you mentioned you just need to pull the verbal part up. I would not say that AWA score is an indicator of the verbal section performance. You do need English grammar and some CR skills in AWA but the verbal section needs a lot more. For RC and CR, I believe that OG problems are good enough. Do both OG 13 and verbal OG. Before trying OG CR problems, read powerscore CR book. For SC, if you have already gone through the rules, just practise with OG, GMATPrep or some good CATs. You can also try official GMAT paper tests for verbal. Intern Joined: 02 Sep 2012 Posts: 7 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink] 03 Sep 2012, 10:35 KapTeacherEli wrote: ZoeGr wrote: Hey guys I just took the Gmat and my overall was 640.I got Q50 AWA 5 and V25!As you understand from the AWA I have a good level in English!However, as I am not a native speaker, I would like to know if there are any tips that I can follow to improve the Verbal. Thank you all in advance! Hi Zoe, It's hard to improve just with "tips." If you're getting a 5 AWA, you definitely have the skills to pull that Verbal score up noticeably, but you'll have to put some work in to do it! What's your time-frame for your next test, and how much time per day/week can you commit to studying? Once I know that, I'll be much better able to point you to the resources that will help you out! Eli Hi Eli! Thank you for your answer!I have one month left to study and the GMAT is the only thing I have to deal with this period.I am not working right now so the time I can commit to studying is 24/7! Zoe Intern Joined: 02 Sep 2012 Posts: 7 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink] 03 Sep 2012, 10:42 Kaps07 wrote: ZoeGr wrote: Hey guys I just took the Gmat and my overall was 640.I got Q50 AWA 5 and V25!As you understand from the AWA I have a good level in English!However, as I am not a native speaker, I would like to know if there are any tips that I can follow to improve the Verbal. Thank you all in advance! Your quant score is great, so as you mentioned you just need to pull the verbal part up. I would not say that AWA score is an indicator of the verbal section performance. You do need English grammar and some CR skills in AWA but the verbal section needs a lot more. For RC and CR, I believe that OG problems are good enough. Do both OG 13 and verbal OG. Before trying OG CR problems, read powerscore CR book. For SC, if you have already gone through the rules, just practise with OG, GMATPrep or some good CATs. You can also try official GMAT paper tests for verbal. Thank you for your advice!I ll definetely check OG Last edited by ZoeGr on 03 Sep 2012, 14:42, edited 1 time in total. Kaplan GMAT Instructor Joined: 25 Aug 2009 Posts: 644 Location: Cambridge, MA Followers: 76 Kudos [?]: 218 [0], given: 2 Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink] 03 Sep 2012, 11:08 Expert's post ZoeGr wrote: Hi Eli! Thank you for your answer!I have one month left to study and the GMAT is the only thing I have to deal with this period.I am not working right now so the time I can commit to studying is 24/7! Zoe Hi Zoe, I recommend a course book such as Kaplan's GMAT Premier. If your essay is a 5, but your verbal score is at it's current level, that tells me that content such as grammar isn't a priority; rather, effective strategies and understanding of the question type are key. For that reason, I actually disagree with Kaps07's recommendation! The OG books are great resources for problems and will cover all the concepts behind GMAT questions, but they are not effective guides for strategy. You'll probably want to pick them up and work through them the week leading up to your exam, but right now your priority should be to have consistent, reliable methods for all three verbal Q-types. Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck! Eli _________________ Eli Meyer Kaplan Teacher http://www.kaptest.com/GMAT Prepare with Kaplan and save$150 on a course!

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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  03 Sep 2012, 13:13
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ZoeGr wrote:
Hi Eli!

Thank you for your answer!I have one month left to study and the GMAT is the only thing I have to deal with this period.I am not working right now so the time I can commit to studying is 24/7!

Zoe

Hi Zoe,

I recommend a course book such as Kaplan's GMAT Premier. If your essay is a 5, but your verbal score is at it's current level, that tells me that content such as grammar isn't a priority; rather, effective strategies and understanding of the question type are key. For that reason, I actually disagree with Kaps07's recommendation! The OG books are great resources for problems and will cover all the concepts behind GMAT questions, but they are not effective guides for strategy. You'll probably want to pick them up and work through them the week leading up to your exam, but right now your priority should be to have consistent, reliable methods for all three verbal Q-types.

Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!

Eli

Thank you Eli!I believe too that my weakness is at strategy!I have alrady practised Kaplan's GMAT premiere and to be honest I think it was very close to the actual exam!So, I would like to practice another Kaplan book also. Are there any other Kaplan suggestions you have that contain some strategy tips?
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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  03 Sep 2012, 14:13
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ZoeGr wrote:
KapTeacherEli wrote:
ZoeGr wrote:
Hi Eli!

Thank you for your answer!I have one month left to study and the GMAT is the only thing I have to deal with this period.I am not working right now so the time I can commit to studying is 24/7!

Zoe

Hi Zoe,

I recommend a course book such as Kaplan's GMAT Premier. If your essay is a 5, but your verbal score is at it's current level, that tells me that content such as grammar isn't a priority; rather, effective strategies and understanding of the question type are key. For that reason, I actually disagree with Kaps07's recommendation! The OG books are great resources for problems and will cover all the concepts behind GMAT questions, but they are not effective guides for strategy. You'll probably want to pick them up and work through them the week leading up to your exam, but right now your priority should be to have consistent, reliable methods for all three verbal Q-types.

Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!

Eli

Thank you Eli!I believe too that my weakness is at strategy!I have alrady practised Kaplan's GMAT premiere and to be honest I think it was very close to the actual exam!So, I would like to practice another Kaplan book also. Are there any other Kaplan suggestions you have that contain some strategy tips?
Kaplan has a Verbal Workbook available through Amazon and other online retailers!
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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  03 Sep 2012, 14:40
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Thank you Eli!I believe too that my weakness is at strategy!I have alrady practised Kaplan's GMAT premiere and to be honest I think it was very close to the actual exam!So, I would like to practice another Kaplan book also. Are there any other Kaplan suggestions you have that contain some strategy tips?[/quote]Kaplan has a Verbal Workbook available through Amazon and other online retailers![/quote]

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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  06 Sep 2012, 12:58
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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  16 Sep 2012, 04:19
Hi zoe!
I got the same score 640(Q42, V 35) on my actual Gmat.When I did my Gmatprep for the first time I scored V25. I actuallu improved 10 points. As far as improving Verbal score is concerned, it actually takes times. You can do the following strategy guides.
Power score CR bible.
Manhattan SC guide.
Manhattan RC guide.
For practice, OG material for verbal is by far the best and most authentic. Try to do OG verbal section multiple times(especially the SC part). Don,t finish the material just for the sake of finishing it, go into micro details and make notes for every SC question. Read the explanation for both the correct and wrong question. As you are a non-native speaker it will help you identify different sentence structures. when you are done with OG you can try these GMATprep 200 SC question. see attachment
1000 SC is not recommended as it quantity more than quality. I will also not recommend RC 99 because in real Gmat the passages are short followed by three or four RC questions, while RC 99 has all long passages. For RC just time every passage from OG at 2min per RC question. If the passage has 4 question it shouldn't take more than 7-8 min. I started with 60% accuracy but after practicing this way my accuracy reached 85% in RC. Secondly, When you do your CR it will also improve your RC performance because a lot of inference and main point based question are there in RC too.You scored 50 in quant can you tell me what material you did to practice above 45 level quant?? I will be thankful if you guide me Best of luck
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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it? [#permalink]  02 Dec 2013, 10:46
Hi,
I have taken e-GMAT SC course and work on around 25 videos but when it comes to application I found myself in a nervous state. Please help me how to approach the course and get most of it. My verbal score is in range of 18-23.
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Re: Terrible Verbal part!How can I improve it?   [#permalink] 02 Dec 2013, 10:46
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