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Do hearbooks improve RC/SC?

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Hey guys,

I was wondering whether listening to books (e.g. via apps such as audible) can improve one's performance on the Verbal section...

While I am aware that actually reading a book is probably much more beneficial as this act resembles the GMAT takes much more closely, I have been wondering if there is any value in listening to books.
Personally, I listen to books during my commute to work as the level of noise in the tube makes it impossible for me to concentrate.

Given the time and silence, I do however try to read newspapers, books etc.

Please let me know your thoughts.

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There has been some limited research that suggests that while listening to audiobooks takes away the "decoding" aspect of reading, many of the other parts (making sense of language, understanding why a word is used, etc.) remain. I'd argue that if you aren't going to be able to read anything else on your commute that audiobooks at the very worst will be an enjoyable activity that has minimal effect on your GMAT score and at the best a way to increase your ability to understand spoken English (which can be applied at least a bit to written English) and expand your English language vocabulary, both of which can have an impact on your score.

All that said, I wouldn't expect for your score to improve by leaps and bounds through audiobooks. All I'd argue is that it certainly won't hurt!
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There has been some limited research that suggests that while listening to audiobooks takes away the "decoding" aspect of reading, many of the other parts (making sense of language, understanding why a word is used, etc.) remain. I'd argue that if you aren't going to be able to read anything else on your commute that audiobooks at the very worst will be an enjoyable activity that has minimal effect on your GMAT score and at the best a way to increase your ability to understand spoken English (which can be applied at least a bit to written English) and expand your English language vocabulary, both of which can have an impact on your score.

All that said, I wouldn't expect for your score to improve by leaps and bounds through audiobooks. All I'd argue is that it certainly won't hurt!


Thank you Laura, that's pretty encouraging to hear.

As you mentioned is less about avoiding reading in general, but more about supplementing normal reading by something that is less taxing on my concentration and can thus be done while commuting to work.

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