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Verbal Study Plan and Advice [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2012, 19:46
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Sorry if this has already been addressed elsewhere. I was just wondering if the verbal tests the GMAT club offers were designed to be extremely difficult as the math tests were? I am currently launching my verbal gmat prep and trying to figure out what my verbal weaknesses are. I am trying to get my verbal up to at least the 40-42 range (consistently) before I take the actual exam. I read bb's very detailed post about verbal study plans, but I am still trying to figure out how much time and prep I need to put into the verbal section, personally. Time is not a severe issue at the moment, as I plan on taking my first exam in mid-April. I definitely don't want to treat the verbal section as an afterthought, but I feel I will get more of a raw score increase spending the bulk of my time on math, rather than on verbal (after I have gone through all of the guides listed below, of course).

Background so far (pre-verbal studying):

V35 on gmat prep #1
29/41 on GMAT Club Verbal Test #6

Current plan:

-MGMAT Sentence Correction, MGMAT Reading Comprehension, MGMAT Critical Reasoning
-Powerscore Critical Reasoning Bible (I figure the more practice exercises the better)
-GMAT Grammar Book (thanks, guys!)
-Kaplan 800 2008-2009 (yay, my local library has a copy of this!)
-Kaplan Verbal Workbook 4th edition -- Exercises Only! (library also has a copy of this)

I believe that sentence correction will be my biggest weakness (I have yet to review my incorrect answers from the gmat club test). I used to be a very voracious reader and feel that I would get little out of reading a lot of books at this point in time. Re-learning and memorizing grammar rules is my main priority at this point, along with practicing critical reasoning type questions. Would 2 hours a day for about a month to a month and half be realistic for aiming to increase my raw score by 5-7 points from my current standing?

Thanks in advance for your help and advice!
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Re: Verbal Study Plan and Advice [#permalink] New post 10 Feb 2012, 15:54
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Would 2 hours a day for about a month to a month and half be realistic for aiming to increase my raw score by 5-7 points from my current standing?


Yes - if those are 2 solid hours where you have complete focus with no distractions, that is good enough to improve your score by that amount.

The GMAT verbal is arguably more important to your score than GMAT quant as described in this article: http://www.gmatpill.com/the-gmat-pill-m ... -strategy/

Of the GMAT verbal sections, SC is the easiest to improve and RC is probably the section that will take the longest time to improve. These RC videos may help.

Some people recommend reading the NY Times. While that may be beneficial in the long run, it's unlikely that reading NYTimes will actually help boost your score in a few weeks. Focus on keywords in the passage so you know when you should really pay attention and when you can "skim" parts of a paragraph. This is almost an art rather than a science and takes time to develop.
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Re: Verbal Study Plan and Advice [#permalink] New post 13 Feb 2012, 11:00
Thanks for the advice, I appreciate it! I always study in a distraction/noise free environment and usually don't take a break without studying for a couple of hours.
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Re: Verbal Study Plan and Advice [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2012, 20:50
Through the first 5 chapters of MGMAT's Sentence Correction Book, I have only been getting roughly 75% of the OG 12th ed. Sentence Correction questions correct. I realize that these are only the "basic" questions, so I am starting to get pretty worried. I left the first few chapters feeling that I had a solid grasp on the material, but the amount of questions I am getting wrong clearly indicates otherwise.

It seems that the majority of the mistakes I am making are with picking answer choices that are "awkward"...although almost always grammatically correct. I was wondering what are some steps I can take to get my sentence correction percentages up to the 85 (ideally 90%) range on a consistent basis, at least for the easier questions?

I have been thinking about buying the Aristotle Sentence Correction Grail and Problem Sets in addition to the MGMAT book. Between the OG, MGMAT, and Aristotle, would I be exposed to the hardest elements of Sentence Correction for the actual exam? I feel that generally throughout these forums, Aristotle has gotten some nice feedback. I feel that Sentence Correction will be far my greatest difficulty in regards to the Verbal Section.
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Re: Verbal Study Plan and Advice [#permalink] New post 14 Mar 2012, 10:24
good info, i am getting only 27 -28 in verbal, can someone recommend some material to get 35+, my RC scores are lowest
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