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Verbal: A hard game for an Indian

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Verbal: A hard game for an Indian [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 10:25
I have been trying to cross that 35 barrier since 4 months now. I had started at just V22 when I gave my first gmat prep. Through the 4 months, let me tell you step by step I have reached to V32 now. Its just been because of e-gmat course where they have personally analyzed my weaker areas and given me feedback regarding what I need to revise, what I need to practice and presently I am in stage where test taking strategies needs to be improved.

For Indians especially, I would recommend E gmat course because its the concepts and not just practice that will make you strong. Egmat helps you make the fundamentals strong initially. Normally Indians have the habit of reading faster without comprehending the text. Quicker comprehension is where I think Indians do lack. When you are giving gmat exam, the pressure still makes you weak in comprehension and this is where Egmat helps you alot. The strategy of quicker comprehension and the prethinking technique has helped me alot in these 4 months. I have reached a stage now where I am getting 85% accuracy in Rc in which I used to get only 50% accuracy as inference and detail questions were my weak points. Spending more time on passage and getting the gist in case its a tough paragraph (which usually takes time) are the key strategies to crack RC is what I learnt over here. SC's prethinking technique and getting the meaning of the sentence too has increased my accuracy in 700 level questions which initially used to be wrong. Coming to the test strategies too, I have been following their strategy of getting 2 questions right in the next test by working only on one weak area per week. Let me tell you that it takes time but its worth it. Even if you invest 6 days only on a particular CR weakness or any any other weakness , it helps you answer that particular question in test more confidently. I am left with following weakness as of now:
CR: Bold face, Flaw in the reasoning.
SC: Some unique 700 level in which options are too close
RC: supports a particular argument, least support.
The last test i gave I got 32 in which I got only 13 wrong overall which implies accuracy has improved but needs to be much better in the first 15 questions of verbal where my score dropped actually.

The mental fatigue is what pulling me in verbal. I need to practice more on giving full length tests though. I would appreciate if you could also share some feedback regarding the same.

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Re: Verbal: A hard game for an Indian [#permalink] New post 21 May 2013, 12:53
Hi Ruturaj,

Egmat is indeed a good course, I too used the complete verbal section but my score increase by 1 point in the main exam (second attempt). The problem was that I knew almost all the concepts but I was not able to apply those concepts during the exam. The most important take away from e-gmat is pre-thinking.

The questions in SC appear simple when you are doing it topic wise, as you already know what should be the error. So, try to do as many questions as possible (at least that was my strategy), and you would be able to seek the patterns in the questions. Many tough questions test simple concepts but do have too much information which make the sentence complicated. Also, keep a check on idiomatic usages. Sometimes, close choices only differ in terms of correct usage.

For CR, pre-thinking works the best. So, even for bold face questions try to understand what role does each statement play in the passage. Is the bold face statement
- Author's argument,
- Conclusion of the main argument,
- Fact stated by someone else/conclusion by someone else
- Factual statement, and so on, after identifying this you may check how the two bold face statements are connected. Until and unless you don't know the role of each statement you won't be able to evaluate the answer choices.

Take complete four hour test. Try to compare your performance to what you score when you do verbal questions only.

All the best!

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Re: Verbal: A hard game for an Indian [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 04:25
cyberjadugar wrote:
Hi Ruturaj,

Egmat is indeed a good course, I too used the complete verbal section but my score increase by 1 point in the main exam (second attempt). The problem was that I knew almost all the concepts but I was not able to apply those concepts during the exam. The most important take away from e-gmat is pre-thinking.

The questions in SC appear simple when you are doing it topic wise, as you already know what should be the error. So, try to do as many questions as possible (at least that was my strategy), and you would be able to seek the patterns in the questions. Many tough questions test simple concepts but do have too much information which make the sentence complicated. Also, keep a check on idiomatic usages. Sometimes, close choices only differ in terms of correct usage.

For CR, pre-thinking works the best. So, even for bold face questions try to understand what role does each statement play in the passage. Is the bold face statement
- Author's argument,
- Conclusion of the main argument,
- Fact stated by someone else/conclusion by someone else
- Factual statement, and so on, after identifying this you may check how the two bold face statements are connected. Until and unless you don't know the role of each statement you won't be able to evaluate the answer choices.

Take complete four hour test. Try to compare your performance to what you score when you do verbal questions only.

All the best!

Regards,



Hey,

Thanks alot for your response. I have too experienced the same. Whenever I try the gmat prep wrong questions again after the test, I get it right. This actually irritates.

Bt your gmat 3 score seems to be really good. What test taking strategies would you recommend? I want to overcome this mental fatigue actually.
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Re: Verbal: A hard game for an Indian [#permalink] New post 23 May 2013, 05:53
RuturajPatil wrote:
Hey,

Thanks alot for your response. I have too experienced the same. Whenever I try the gmat prep wrong questions again after the test, I get it right. This actually irritates.

Bt your gmat 3 score seems to be really good. What test taking strategies would you recommend? I want to overcome this mental fatigue actually.

The only key is PRACTICE.
Did you check, why you got the questions wrong? Were you under pressure to complete the exam, was it a mistake that you keep repeating?
I used to get many questions wrong in verbal, but on second look, I could answer many of them correctly. The problem was that I didn't take my attempts seriously enough.
For example - amount of brick and number of bricks, both are right but amount of bricks is wrong. I was not able to understand such subtle differences during the tests initially.
And many times, there is only little difference between answer choices. So, an attentive reading of both question and answer choice would land you to a higher score. Focus!

Also, if you are aware of your weaknesses (some may apply/ some may not) such as
- you get stuck at a question, then don't waste much time and energy on such questions.
- you repeatedly miss out information from the questions, then be more attentive.
- you are solving the question in less time and getting it wrong, then you need to give more time to such questions.

As I mentioned in my debrief, go for a marathon once a week. Sit and complete a test (complete 4 hours exam), review it and then solve more questions from each section till you are exhausted, and then stop!
PM me if you have any other query.

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