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# A Strategy needed for Verbal

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13 May 2004, 23:28
hi,

i am new to the group. so i decided to ask some suggestions for my verbal score improvement.

i tried kaplan test to know my current level...

i got 610 in one test and 640 in second.
but in both i got lower score in verbal.

my current standing on accuracy

90% - 95% for Math

55%- 60% for VERBAL

i am planning to write GMAT in august end.
i usually have only 2 to 3 hours to study daily.

please suggest me some good books for VERBAL (particularly RC).

presently having OG 9th edition , PR , KAPLAN

i really want to get more than 700.

Thanks
Sammy

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15 May 2004, 10:55
Use your PR book for verbal strategies, and supplement it with OG practice questions. PR is far and above the best for verbal prep.

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15 May 2004, 14:08
syamee_u wrote:
hi,

i am new to the group. so i decided to ask some suggestions for my verbal score improvement.

i tried kaplan test to know my current level...

i got 610 in one test and 640 in second.
but in both i got lower score in verbal.

my current standing on accuracy

90% - 95% for Math

55%- 60% for VERBAL

i am planning to write GMAT in august end.
i usually have only 2 to 3 hours to study daily.

please suggest me some good books for VERBAL (particularly RC).

presently having OG 9th edition , PR , KAPLAN

i really want to get more than 700.

Thanks
Sammy

From myself, I would add, Kaplan's verbal workbook is very good for strategies, esp Reading and CR I found helpful (answring the question before even reading the answer choices).

However, I found most books insufficiently helpful with grammar, esp to international students. I would suggest some ESL language book, toefl guide, or something else that has a lot of basic and straighforward rules about English usage. Then you can use PR/Kaplan to learn STYLE - that's what those books emphasize, not really subject verb agreement.

I have a few fresh reviews here:

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17 May 2004, 20:08

i have ordered for PR VERBAL Work Out.

How Good this book is for International student or non-native english speaker like me.

I am having conidence in both CR and SC. but SC creating a lot of problems to me.

Any good websites to practice SC while i am in office also..

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17 May 2004, 20:13
sorry,

it's not sc it's RC that creating problems to me.

please suggest me some good websites to practice while i am in office

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17 May 2004, 20:13
syamee_u wrote:

i have ordered for PR VERBAL Work Out.

How Good this book is for International student or non-native english speaker like me.

I am having conidence in both CR and SC. but SC creating a lot of problems to me.

Any good websites to practice SC while i am in office also..

Sammy

Sammy, I am not a fan of PR, but I will be glad to hear your thougths on this; there are not too many websites to practice SC, but there is a number that help with your grammar and I think I would start on refreshing the basics rather than jumping into practice. There is no need to practice with Real bullets right?

Try here:

GMAT Club Tests

IT does not seem to be super helpful for SC, however.
If you find anything or have any resources, you can post them here.
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17 May 2004, 20:19
hi,

yes , i am having some links that may be helpful to our group..

i am giving some links below in which some are out dated.

Verbal

http://richardbowles.tripod.com/gmat/sc/sc_hints.htm
http://novapress.net/diagnostic/gmat_te ... t_sol.html
http://webster.commnet.edu/grammar/index2.htm (Excellent site)
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Math

http://skonline.salkeiz.k12.or.us/algeb ... eries1.htm
http://www.mathleague.com/help/wholenum ... olenumbers
http://regentsprep.org/Regents/math/math-a.cfm
http://www.boxermath.com/
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(Click on the weird characters you see. Most of them are working links to files)
http://www.gter.net/index.jsp

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http://cyberprep.com/bschool/gmatdx/startgmatdxv.htm
http://www.allthetests.com/gmat_intro/index.shtml
http://iiswinprd03.petersons.com/testpr ... stions.asp
http://www.gmatclub.com
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The chinese pages could be translated by using the translator at
babel.altavista.com

http://webster.commnet.edu/sensen/part1/index.html
http://www.bartleby.com/64/
http://webster.commnet.edu/sensen/index.html
http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/agcomm/traps.html

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17 May 2004, 20:21
You are the man!

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18 May 2004, 17:34
Lucyloo wrote:
Use your PR book for verbal strategies, and supplement it with OG practice questions. PR is far and above the best for verbal prep.

Can I ask which PR book you are refering to ? Is it possible for you to give me detail description of the PR book ?

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19 May 2004, 20:53
wing wrote:
Lucyloo wrote:
Use your PR book for verbal strategies, and supplement it with OG practice questions. PR is far and above the best for verbal prep.

Can I ask which PR book you are refering to ? Is it possible for you to give me detail description of the PR book ?

I believe it is this one:

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20 May 2004, 11:12
hi ,

Can anyone help me with the address of the chinese translator software??

thanx
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20 May 2004, 12:57
Yes, I meant the PR Cracking the GMAT book. The verbal tips are excellent.

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20 May 2004, 13:11
empress wrote:
hi ,

Can anyone help me with the address of the chinese translator software??

thanx
empress

Yes, sure,

1. Find the page you want translated.
2. Go here http://babel.altavista.com/ and enter the URL int the box at teh bottom, pick the translation (Chiense-simp to English) then wait a few seconds and you will see a page in English.

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26 May 2004, 17:47
I have written this one for one of the questions in a Private Message, but I think it will be helpful to many:

PR, Kaplan, and other sources of CR are often misleading as only ETS CR is right and has a certain format. I have noticed that Kaplan was pretty similar, but more complicated. PR seemed to have a much greater twist to it.

What helped me most with CR was:
this way nothing temps me
- Summarizing the passages
- Practice finding assumptions of arguments - this is quite helpful. Just take any argument out there and practice summarizing and finding the assumptions.

Reading was much harder, I can only say what I did, since you did nto say what you were doing. I improved tremendously after I started to stop after each passage and summarize my readings. The readmap concept outlined in many textbooks. I think this was most helpful.
Another element was reading a lot of literature just to get used to extensive reading times and improve "absorbing" skills for various levels of BS. I was very bad focusing/concentrating as I often start thinking about other things. I also tried to question author's points but that was difficult and required a lot of practice. In the review mode, I would often re-read the passages to see why I made a mistake and the second time it was much more obvious and I sort of "learnt" how to figure out a trap or predict a question. Sometimes I just knew this question was coming.
I did not do any mistakes on the "Topic" or "title" of this passage could be ..... those were always fairly easy - the scope quesitons. It is good to understand that.

There is much more to the scope than many think. Very many questions have answer choices that are very good but are out of scope. I would estimate that you can help it in 30% of CR"s understanding the scope correctly. Very often the passage will talk about passanger cars and the answer choice will be about cars or trucks. Sometimes, the passage will talk about costs, and the answer choice will be about efficiency, profit, and ROI, which are not related. (though they may in some questions where new information is actually needed to answer the question or bring clarification.)
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