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New post 29 Mar 2019, 12:04
Hi all,

I will retake gmat in 4 weeks. I need to score 650.

Results so far:
Prep test #1 - 680 (Q47, V36, IR 3)
Prep test #2 - 640 (Q47, V32, IR 7)
Real test #1- 580 (Q46, V24, IR 6, AWA 4.5)

I have failed verbal part (I can not attach my ESR since I don't have 5 posts, that is why I have posted 3 links with space after dot):
CR 97th
RC 57th
SC 11th - awful result

Could you suggest me how to prepare for SC and RC in a structered way?

Thank you in advance.

P.s. As you have probably guessed, I am not a native speaker. I consider my english level slightly above average (I am able to understand TEDTalks and to pass an interview conducted in english, but apparently not able to use grammar).

ESR Verbal pics:
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• Your Verbal score of 24 is higher than 36% of GMAT Exam scores recorded in the past three years. The mean score
for this section is 27.04.
• Your performance on Critical Reasoning questions was equivalent to a score of 51, which is better than 97% of GMAT
Exam scores recorded in the past three years. The mean score for this sub-section is 27.59.
◦ Your performance of 100% on Analysis/Critique questions is considered Very Strong.
◦ Your performance of 100% on Construction/Plan questions is considered Very Strong.
• Your performance on Reading Comprehension questions was equivalent to a score of 30, which is better than 57% of
GMAT Exam scores recorded in the past three years. The mean score for this sub-section is 27.29.
◦ Your performance of 60% on Identify Inferred Idea questions is considered Average.
◦ Your performance of 100% on Identify Stated Idea questions is considered Very Strong.
• Your performance on Sentence Correction questions was equivalent to a score of 14, which is better than 11% of
GMAT Exam scores recorded in the past three years. The mean score for this sub-section is 27.19.
◦ Your performance of 42% on Grammar questions is considered Weak.
◦ Your performance of 60% on Communication questions is considered Average.
• You completed 36 questions in the Verbal section.
• You responded correctly to 50% of the first set of questions, 86% of the second set of questions, 71% of the third set of
questions and 88% of the final set of questions.
• The average difficulty of questions presented to you in the first set of questions was Medium, the average for the
second set of questions was Medium , the average for the third set of questions was Medium and was Medium for the
final set of questions.
• The average time it took you to respond to the first set of questions presented was 1:37, the average time for the
second set of questions was 1:45, the average time for the third set of questions was 1:37 and 1:40 for the final set of
questions.
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Hi kirill4191,

Once you have 5 posts in the forums, you will be able to include attachments (in your posts and PMs). 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 on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher - beyond just your SCs). I'll be happy to analyze your ESR for you; you can feel free to email it directly to me if you like.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?

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3) When is your exact Test Date?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
5) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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EMPOWERgmatRichC,

Thank you for your answer.

Studies:
1) 1 month, mainly on weekends.
2) GMAT OG 2019 and Prep Now SC youtube videos

Goals:
3) End of april
4) I am applying for an exchange year (I am doing my Masters right now)

P.s. Sent you email with my ESR
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Hi kirill4191,

I've sent you a PM with an analysis of your ESR along with some notes and additional questions.

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Hi kirill4191,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you really did not put a ton of time into your prep, it’s not too surprising that you scored a V24, right? So, if you can work your butt off for the next month and study smart, you probably can improve your GMAT verbal score. That said, here is some advice you can follow to improve your Sentence Correction and Reading Comprehension skills.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you incorrectly answer Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you didn’t truly understand what you read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey logical meanings. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

Feel free to reach out with any questions. Good luck!
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Hi kirill4191,

I understand your score was not in line with your expectation. Be confident and prepare in a structured way this time.

To reach a 650, there is much scope of improvement in both Quant and Verbal. A Q48 and V31 will help you reach that 650 with a month of dedicated effort. To get an estimate of the effort required in each sub-section you can use the Personalized Study Planner tool.

Way Forward

To replicate the success each time you need to learn a reliable process that you can apply even to the toughest of problems.
You have mastered CR because you have the core skills required for solving them. Developing the core skills for SC and RC will make your performance consistent. Let us see what it takes to ace GMAT SC or RC.

GMAT SC is not all about grammar rules. Understanding meaning is the key to solving every SC question. Learn how Anuj leveraged this approach to improve from V36 to V44. Similarly, applying the right reading strategies you can comprehend the meaning of complex passages in the first read itself. Arjun mastered the right RC strategies to improve from V26 to V41 and received admits from Oxford Said and ISB.

To get some idea about the same I am sharing few free resources with you. You can get access to a lot more of these videos and practice questions once you sign up for the Free Trial.

You can also attend the free RC webinar this weekend to learn how to effectively understand what the author is trying to communicate in a passage. Click here to register for the Reading Comprehension webinar.

To improve in Quant, you can you need to brush up a few concepts and focus on the structured application of the process. To get a detailed analysis of your performance and understand where the gaps are you can attend the Quant Workshop this weekend. Click here to register – Free Quant Workshop.

If you need to discuss the plan further, you can send in your ESR to us at suppot@e-gmat.com.

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