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610 to 650 to...730+? Seeking Verbal Advice!

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Hi GMAT Club!

I will try to keep this brief. I appreciate any advice and tips you may have. TLDR - verbal score is stagnating in the low 30s, need to raise it to 40+, how?!

Background:
    - Started my GMAT journey with Manhattan Prep 10-week course in Summer 2017
    - 1st GMAT in Sept 2017 - 610 (Q42, V32)
    - 2nd GMAT in July 2018 - 650 (Q48, V31)
    - 3rd GMAT planned for late Sept/early Oct - Target score of 730+
    - Taken multiple GMATprep and MGMAT CAT tests and it highlights that my verbal level is in the low 30s
    - Focused my latest prep solely on verbal (all three parts)
    - Had private tutoring sessions on CR

Tools Utilized:
    - OG 2017 (recent prep has been solely focused on working through questions and analyzing them)
    - Manhattan Prep books (not so much lately)

Other Notes:
    - 3rd GMAT planned for late Sept/early Oct - Target score of 730+
    - 4th GMAT can be planned for 16 days after the 3rd GMAT
    - Taken CATs/practice tests with Q first then V (usually did not complete IR/AWA)
    - CATs/practice tests taken in one sitting

I noticed it's easier to improve my overall score by improving on my verbal score, so I have been focusing on verbal. I feel like I have hit a wall in terms of improving my verbal and can seem to break past the low 30s. I cannot post my ESRs, but would appreciate if anyone can analyze them!

Thanks in advance!!
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I can highly advice to follow the user GMATNinja on this forum, his is the verbal guru.

Furthermore, there are some verbal videos from said member on the Gmatclub youtube chanel, those videos helped me alot in increasing my understanding of the verbal section.

Last but not least, I tried to collect some of the things I came accross in a small thread:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-strat ... l#p2082192

All the best for your prep,
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A couple of things that helped me in verbal:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-strategies-268700.html#p2082192

Gmat Prep CAT #1: V42, Q34, 630
Gmat Prep CAT #2: V46, Q35, 660
Gmat Prep CAT #3: V41, Q42, 680

On the mission to improve my quant score, all help is appreciated! :)

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Hi YNWA,

While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). Since you're new to GMATClub, you won't be able to post it just yet, but if you email it to me, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

Beyond that data, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Since you last took the GMAT, how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) Your next planned Test Date will be some time in the next 2-3 weeks. Do you have the flexibility to push back that Test Date if needed?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Re: 610 to 650 to...730+? Seeking Verbal Advice!  [#permalink]

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New post 11 Sep 2018, 16:06
Arro44 wrote:
I can highly advice to follow the user GMATNinja on this forum, his is the verbal guru.

Furthermore, there are some verbal videos from said member on the Gmatclub youtube chanel, those videos helped me alot in increasing my understanding of the verbal section.

Last but not least, I tried to collect some of the things I came accross in a small thread:
[link]

All the best for your prep,
Chris


Thanks, Chris! I will look through the material. (I have already watched on youtube video and it was very helpful!)

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Hi YNWA,

While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define what went wrong (and what you should work on to score higher). Since you're new to GMATClub, you won't be able to post it just yet, but if you email it to me, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

Beyond that data, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) Since you last took the GMAT, how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
2) Your next planned Test Date will be some time in the next 2-3 weeks. Do you have the flexibility to push back that Test Date if needed?
3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich


Thanks Rich for your response. I have sent you my ESRs to your email. Please see below for my answers.

1) Since you last took the GMAT, how have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
    - 8/4, MGMAT CAT 660 (Q44, V36)
    - 8/19, Official MBA 620 (Q44, V32)
    - 9/8, Official MBA (reset) 680 (Q46, V37)

2) Your next planned Test Date will be some time in the next 2-3 weeks. Do you have the flexibility to push back that Test Date if needed?
    - I do. This answers your next question too, I plan on applying in R2. The plan is to finish up the GMAT in early October and start working on apps in October. Taking into consideration GMAT's 16 day rule, I am planning to schedule two GMATs.

3) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
    - R2 deadlines in early Jan 2019.

4) What Schools are you planning to apply to?
    - The schools I am targeting include: Haas, Booth, Sloan, Kellogg, Anderson, and Yale SOM
    - Given the schools I am targeting, my goal is 730+
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Re: 610 to 650 to...730+? Seeking Verbal Advice!  [#permalink]

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New post 12 Sep 2018, 23:34
Hi YNWA,

What you are experiencing in Verbal is 'Score Plateau'. To learn more about this and how to overcome it, I recommend that you watch recording of a recent Strategy Session conducted by e-GMAT Founder, Rajat Sadana. You may skip to 1:30:00 if you want to learn only about Score Plateau.

To analyze the ESR you can follow the 3steps mentioned in this article on ESR Analysis. If you need any further help on it, write to us at support@e-gmat.com.

Hope this helps!

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