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DISMAL PERFORMANCE IN VERBAL

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I took gmat on 18 august and scored dismal 24 in verbal. I have never ever in 13 mocks, 5 from kaplan, 6 from manhattan and 2 from gmatprep official test, scored below 30. I scored 47 in quant. My last mock was from gmatprep on 10th august in which i scored decent 690, Q50 V33. I never was too ambitious and just wanted ti score around 680 -710...and thought with a bit of luck and revision of concepts in 5-6 days after last mock would take me there...but i was completely devastated by my verbal score. Obviously i cancelled the score and plan to give it another shot around sept 20. I must admit i never went through a complete study material and indulged in learning through practice apart from learning bits n pieces of basics from veritas and manhattan guides. I must have solved close to 700 questions on gmatclub timer....accuracy 50 _ 60 % and the complete official guide ...accuracy 75%.
Now i have less than a month to improve at least 12 points in verbal...considering deadlines. I also have to take IELTS as i am from india.
Please suggest how should i proceed to improve 12 points on verbal....my drawback....not too much fond of grammar and use logic in sentence correction....my weakest area CR...

THANX

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saurabhsavant wrote:
Hi
I took gmat on 18 august and scored dismal 24 in verbal. I have never ever in 13 mocks, 5 from kaplan, 6 from manhattan and 2 from gmatprep official test, scored below 30. I scored 47 in quant. My last mock was from gmatprep on 10th august in which i scored decent 690, Q50 V33. I never was too ambitious and just wanted ti score around 680 -710...and thought with a bit of luck and revision of concepts in 5-6 days after last mock would take me there...but i was completely devastated by my verbal score. Obviously i cancelled the score and plan to give it another shot around sept 20. I must admit i never went through a complete study material and indulged in learning through practice apart from learning bits n pieces of basics from veritas and manhattan guides. I must have solved close to 700 questions on gmatclub timer....accuracy 50 _ 60 % and the complete official guide ...accuracy 75%.
Now i have less than a month to improve at least 12 points in verbal...considering deadlines. I also have to take IELTS as i am from india.
Please suggest how should i proceed to improve 12 points on verbal....my drawback....not too much fond of grammar and use logic in sentence correction....my weakest area CR...

THANX

Dear saurabhsavant,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

First of all, I want you to read carefully this blog and all the linked blogs:
Lower on the Real GMAT than on Practice Tests
If you can implement a serious focus on stress-reduction skills across the board in your life, this might account for a substantial portion of the gain you want to achieve, but you would have to take these practice with the utmost of determination.

I also want to point out something ironic. You say: "I never was too ambitious and just wanted to score around 680 -710." Do you realize the glaring self-contradiction here? You want to outscore 85% of the GMAT-taking population and yet you don't consider this at all ambitious? Those scores, while not the highest, are certainly in an elite range. Don't think you can get there simply by brushing up and minor improvement. Getting there requires blood, sweat, and tears.

I will also say, if you want to get into that elite territory, you need to take everything about your approach to the next level. You wrote, "I must admit i never went through a complete study material and indulged in learning through practice apart from learning bits n pieces of basics from veritas and manhattan guides." This suggest to me that reaching the next level will involve being systematic about learning, forcing yourself to spend time & energy on every detail.

I am not sure why you posted this request in the Magoosh sub-forum, but I think Magoosh offers you a unique opportunity. Since you cancelled your GMAT score, I am not sure whether Magoosh would be able to extend to you its score guarantee--you should write to help@magoosh.com and ask them. Also, we have a brand new Magoosh IELTS product. The IELTS product is not very expensive at all, but you might also ask the student help whether you would get some kind of discount if you bought both our GMAT product and our IELTS product. I honestly don't know, but it's worth asking.

If you buy Magoosh, I would strongly recommend systematically watching every single verbal lesson. Here's a sample SC lesson:
Substantive Clauses
You could take the dip-into-as-needed approach with Math, which is probably strong for you, but on Verbal, I recommend an approach of unwavering diligence. Here's a practice CR question:
The Culinary Bill
Here's a practice SC question:
With American cryptanalysts
When you submit your answer to either question, the following page will have a complete video explanation of that particular question. Each one of Magoosh's 1000+ practice questions has its own VE: that kind of immediate feedback is exactly what you need to make the accelerated gains you want to see.

Finally, what you want to accomplish is ambitious. If you underestimate this challenge, then you will be guaranteed not to succeed. It is absolutely essential that you appreciate everything it demands. I strongly recommend incorporating all of the habits of excellence into your practice. If you really dig deep into yourself, you can do this!

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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New post 18 Aug 2017, 19:39
Thanx Mike
First my apologies for posting it here, but I posted here not because I had referred veritas n manhattan but because i wished fir a reply from experts.
When i wrote i was not very ambitious i implied that i was not very ambitious in leaping forward from 690 in gmatprep mock...and yes i have been working hard for last 6 months or so just that efforts in verbal were not as systematic as quant

I guess i need to work on my writing skills too
I have never in any of the mock tests scored so pathetically low.
I went through ur stress management article, it seems to b good and will definitely try it but time is not on my side.
So i only wish to know ...is an improvement of around 12 points possible?...i am yet to book the date but can only delay it to late september.
Does Magoosh have any such programme​?

Thanx for all the help.


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saurabhsavant wrote:
Thanx Mike
First my apologies for posting it here, but I posted here not because I had referred veritas n manhattan but because i wished fir a reply from experts.
When i wrote i was not very ambitious i implied that i was not very ambitious in leaping forward from 690 in gmatprep mock...and yes i have been working hard for last 6 months or so just that efforts in verbal were not as systematic as quant

I guess i need to work on my writing skills too
I have never in any of the mock tests scored so pathetically low.
I went through ur stress management article, it seems to b good and will definitely try it but time is not on my side.
So i only wish to know ...is an improvement of around 12 points possible?...i am yet to book the date but can only delay it to late september.
Does Magoosh have any such programme​?

Thanx for all the help.

Dear saurabhsavant,

I'm happy to respond. :-)

My friend, with all due respect, some of the questions you are asking imply that you didn't read carefully what I wrote.

Is an improvement of 12 points possible? As I explained, yes, it is possible, but it isn't easy. You are going to have to bring your entire game up to the next level. Yes, it is possible, but this effort will demand levels of commitment and dedication that you have not had to manifest before in your life.

You asked: "Does Magoosh have any such programme​?" The nature of your question is unclear. Students who purchase Magoosh are free to use it at their own pace. Many students choose to use it over course of 2-3 months, but we have had students do everything inside a week's time. It all depends on how much time you have each day and how hard you are willing to work.

Does all this make sense?
Mike :-)
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