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I have 3 weeks left for my gmat exam. I have e-Gmat verbal videos. Revised all of them. RC improved a lot.But CR and SC both are still not improved. :cry: Problem is I can not go for next gmat exam. I will openly confess I don't have that kind of money with me (very bad financial condition at home) This is all I got. After 10hrs job I am studying for 5hrs and on weekends 9hrs.

I need support from all gmatclub users. I am sure there are many like me , who faced this kind of situation and improved a lot in weeks time. So please give me a detailed plan books to use for preparation how to improve verbal from 23 to 40.

I have used OG 2019-18
Scored 23-25 in verbal in gmatprep exam.


Now what to do next. pls help
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hey mate..aristotle sc helped me lot. you can download it for free. the lessons are very crisp and the syllabus is condensed in like 150-200 pages. you should see a good improvement after doing it. for cr, you can download powerscore bible (for free again)..that helped me too.
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hey mate..aristotle sc helped me lot. you can download it for free. the lessons are very crisp and the syllabus is condensed in like 150-200 pages. you should see a good improvement after doing it. for cr, you can download powerscore bible (for free again)..that helped me too.
All the best mate :)



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Hi 3swayam,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Clearly, increasing your verbal from 23 to 40 is a major task, so you likely will need more than 3 weeks to improve your score. Why are you unable to take your GMAT at a later date?

In either case, I’m happy to provide some advice on how to improve your Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning skills. To improve in Critical Reasoning, your first goal is to fully master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

As for Sentence Correction, there are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning regimen, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

So, work on accuracy and generally finding correct answers, work on specific weaker areas one by one to make them strong areas, and when you take a practice GMAT or the real thing, take all the time per question available to do your absolute best to get right answers consistently. The GMAT is essentially a game of seeing how many right answers you can get in the time allotted. Approach the test with that conception in mind, and focus intently on the question in front of you with one goal in mind: getting a CORRECT answer.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

Good luck!
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I have 3 weeks left for my gmat exam. I have e-Gmat verbal videos. Revised all of them. RC improved a lot.But CR and SC both are still not improved. :cry: Problem is I can not go for next gmat exam. I will openly confess I don't have that kind of money with me (very bad financial condition at home) This is all I got. After 10hrs job I am studying for 5hrs and on weekends 9hrs.

I need support from all gmatclub users. I am sure there are many like me , who faced this kind of situation and improved a lot in weeks time. So please give me a detailed plan books to use for preparation how to improve verbal from 23 to 40.

I have used OG 2019-18
Scored 23-25 in verbal in gmatprep exam.


Now what to do next. pls help
V23 (32%) to V40 (90%) is a big jump, and is very difficult to achieve in just 3 weeks, unless you are already at a higher level than 23. If it is absolutely critical that you get a 90% score on your first attempt, I suggest you push your target date back. Generally, to get on the right side of the probabilities involved, you'll want to aim for a score that is actually slightly lower than the scores you get on your GMATPreps. In your case, it would mean that in order to have a very high chance of getting a V40 on the actual exam, you should have been getting more than V40 on your practice tests.

The bigger question here, especially if you have to take the exam in the next 3 weeks, is whether you need a V40 in the first place.
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