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Hello Everyone,
I have been studying for the GMAT for some time now. After my first failed attempt of 500 (Q38 V20) I realised that I will have to put in a lot of work to get my self a decent score. I focused on both the Quant and Verbal. My Quant score improved immensely from Q38 to Q47-48 after going through the OG 13, MGMAT guides twice and few GMATClub tests (They are great !).

Of these 4 months of preparation, I dedicated almost 90% of my time for the verbal section. I enrolled in an online Verbal course which is great. A couple of my friends took as well and managed to improve their verbal score significantly. I completed the course twice until I was sure I was comfortable with the process of answering verbal. After completing the course I finished the OG as well and my accuracy improved immensely on the SC and somewhat on the CR and RC. Anyways, I continued to practice as much as I could to get used to the structure of the questions. After having practiced for this much time I moved onto the Mock CATs.
I gave GMATPrep CAT 1 last week and scored a Q45 V26 (590 with 2 repeat Verbal CR questions).
I gave GMATPrep CAT 2 today and was shocked to see a score of Q48 V22 (580 with 1 repeat CR question).


It is so frustrating to see just a few point improvement after pitching in over 100 hours of preparation just for the verbal section. I cant seem to understand what I am doing wrong, I try my best to practice as much content as I can but still the progress has been disappointing. My weakest sections are the RC and CR. No matter how many questions I've done for both of them, the accuracy varies around 20-30 %. I have maintained an error log as well but I cant seem to think it helps much because each questions has its own logic.
For the RC I cant seem to find the right approach to comprehend all the content, after reading the passage even at a slow pace, when I move to the questions it seems as if each one of them is correct and then going back to the passage, locating answers (which end of being incorrect) take too much time. I find RC way too difficult for some reason.
As for the CR, I often get stumped to pin point that missing piece of the puzzle as soon as the question moves into the 600+ difficulty bracket.

I seem to think I have literally tried my best at the verbal section. I would really really appreciate if someone could advice on how to improve or at least how to highlight the core weaknesses. I am sure there are a lot of people who struggled with the verbal section and managed to move into V30+ from V20s.

My target score is 600-620. Targeting schools for 2018 fall.

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Hello Everyone,
I have been studying for the GMAT for some time now. After my first failed attempt of 500 (Q38 V20) I realised that I will have to put in a lot of work to get my self a decent score. I focused on both the Quant and Verbal. My Quant score improved immensely from Q38 to Q47-48 after going through the OG 13, MGMAT guides twice and few GMATClub tests (They are great !).

Of these 4 months of preparation, I dedicated almost 90% of my time for the verbal section. I enrolled in an online Verbal course which is great. A couple of my friends took as well and managed to improve their verbal score significantly. I completed the course twice until I was sure I was comfortable with the process of answering verbal. After completing the course I finished the OG as well and my accuracy improved immensely on the SC and somewhat on the CR and RC. Anyways, I continued to practice as much as I could to get used to the structure of the questions. After having practiced for this much time I moved onto the Mock CATs.
I gave GMATPrep CAT 1 last week and scored a Q45 V26 (590 with 2 repeat Verbal CR questions).
I gave GMATPrep CAT 2 today and was shocked to see a score of Q48 V22 (580 with 1 repeat CR question).


It is so frustrating to see just a few point improvement after pitching in over 100 hours of preparation just for the verbal section. I cant seem to understand what I am doing wrong, I try my best to practice as much content as I can but still the progress has been disappointing. My weakest sections are the RC and CR. No matter how many questions I've done for both of them, the accuracy varies around 20-30 %. I have maintained an error log as well but I cant seem to think it helps much because each questions has its own logic.
For the RC I cant seem to find the right approach to comprehend all the content, after reading the passage even at a slow pace, when I move to the questions it seems as if each one of them is correct and then going back to the passage, locating answers (which end of being incorrect) take too much time. I find RC way too difficult for some reason.
As for the CR, I often get stumped to pin point that missing piece of the puzzle as soon as the question moves into the 600+ difficulty bracket.

I seem to think I have literally tried my best at the verbal section. I would really really appreciate if someone could advice on how to improve or at least how to highlight the core weaknesses. I am sure there are a lot of people who struggled with the verbal section and managed to move into V30+ from V20s.

My target score is 600-620. Targeting schools for 2018 fall.


Hi,

I know you must be disheartened about your score, especially since you have put in so much efforts. 4 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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TalalAzam wrote:
Hello Everyone,
I have been studying for the GMAT for some time now. After my first failed attempt of 500 (Q38 V20) I realised that I will have to put in a lot of work to get my self a decent score. I focused on both the Quant and Verbal. My Quant score improved immensely from Q38 to Q47-48 after going through the OG 13, MGMAT guides twice and few GMATClub tests (They are great !).

Of these 4 months of preparation, I dedicated almost 90% of my time for the verbal section. I enrolled in an online Verbal course which is great. A couple of my friends took as well and managed to improve their verbal score significantly. I completed the course twice until I was sure I was comfortable with the process of answering verbal. After completing the course I finished the OG as well and my accuracy improved immensely on the SC and somewhat on the CR and RC. Anyways, I continued to practice as much as I could to get used to the structure of the questions. After having practiced for this much time I moved onto the Mock CATs.
I gave GMATPrep CAT 1 last week and scored a Q45 V26 (590 with 2 repeat Verbal CR questions).
I gave GMATPrep CAT 2 today and was shocked to see a score of Q48 V22 (580 with 1 repeat CR question).


It is so frustrating to see just a few point improvement after pitching in over 100 hours of preparation just for the verbal section. I cant seem to understand what I am doing wrong, I try my best to practice as much content as I can but still the progress has been disappointing. My weakest sections are the RC and CR. No matter how many questions I've done for both of them, the accuracy varies around 20-30 %. I have maintained an error log as well but I cant seem to think it helps much because each questions has its own logic.
For the RC I cant seem to find the right approach to comprehend all the content, after reading the passage even at a slow pace, when I move to the questions it seems as if each one of them is correct and then going back to the passage, locating answers (which end of being incorrect) take too much time. I find RC way too difficult for some reason.
As for the CR, I often get stumped to pin point that missing piece of the puzzle as soon as the question moves into the 600+ difficulty bracket.

I seem to think I have literally tried my best at the verbal section. I would really really appreciate if someone could advice on how to improve or at least how to highlight the core weaknesses. I am sure there are a lot of people who struggled with the verbal section and managed to move into V30+ from V20s.

My target score is 600-620. Targeting schools for 2018 fall.


Hi,

I know you must be disheartened about your score, especially since you have put in so much efforts. 4 months is a good enough time to prepare for GMAT. It’s a good thing you have given GMAT once. You now know your weaknesses and work on them. If you are willing to study dedicatedly for 4 months, you are sure to achieve your goal. I believe you may benefit from taking an additional GMATPREP course. If you are willing, there are some great GMAT prep companies that can help you with your preparation.

In order to make an informed decision I would highly encourage you to go to their websites and try on their free trial and decide for yourself which one do you like better. You try out free access to EmpowerGMAT, Magoosh and Optimus Prep as they have great reviews on GMATCLUB.

Also for verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

I must add that if you are particularly looking to discover and improve on your weak areas in quant; a subscription to GMATCLUB tests is the best way to do that. They are indeed phenomenal and will not only pinpoint your weak areas but also help you improve on them.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the latest version of OG and the verbal review for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... 68383.html

Lastly, you can check out a very interesting article by Mike McGarry from Magoosh detailing a 3 month study plan

https://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/3-month-g ... -students/. You will find it very helpful as it gives out a study plan as per your needs.

Hope this helps. All the best.


Hi Rohan,
Thank you for the advise. I have been using the Course for the last 4 months. I got the Verbal online version and to be honest the course is great, the videos start at the very basic level and help develop a good understanding.
The Scholarinium is a great tool. It has such good questions. I have been practicing on it for the last few days. I make customised quizzes (10 SC, 5 CR and 1 RC, consisting on medium and hard difficulty) and complete them in the recommended time. I take 2-3 such quizzes daily. My accuracy on that is decent (55-65%). But when I move to GMATPrep questions/test I seem to score very poor. I think a lot of them gets wasted in trying to get RC questions done that it hampers the time for the remaining SC/CR questions resulting in getting some easy questions wrong.
For RC i tried writing down brief summaries of passages, but it takes too much time. I remember I took around 14mins to complete a 3 question passage while practicing.

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Hi TalalAzam,

While I'm certain that you've worked through lots of practice questions, it's not clear what your Tactics are. There's a big difference between working on a quiz and working through a fully-adaptive Verbal section as part of a larger CAT. From what you describe, you also don't take notes (and THAT is a mistake). Beyond making it difficult to deal with individual questions, you also don't have anything to review later (so you can't analyze any mistakes that you made).

With a score goal of 600+, you're almost to that level right now. If you're willing to learn and practice the proper Tactics though, you could score a lot higher than that.

1) When are you planning to take the GMAT?
2) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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New post 23 Aug 2017, 07:10
I had initially planned to take the test this month, but after seeing the score trends in GMATPrep I have rescheduled it for the 10th of October as the deadlines for most of the schools are due in November.
This gives me exactly 40-45 days to improve from where I am to V30.

I already have E-GMAT course with me, is it wise to attempt as many questions on the Scholarnium as possible?
I have also downloaded a Pdf file from GMATClub downloads for CR and SC. I have heard it's great for practicing and all the questions are from GMATPrep.
My only concern is the approach to address an incorrect question. What particulars to look for in order to work on and avoid making those mistakes again?

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Hi TalalAzam,

I responded to your PM.

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