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ESR Analysis Request Verbal

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GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
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New post 15 Jul 2018, 23:05
Hi all,

I scored a V38 this past week, and just recently got my ESR. There are some obvious weak areas, but I would appreciate if you could take a look and provide your thoughts on how I can improve from a V38 to V44.

My biggest issue was timing and not following the process I have for different question types during the exam. For example, I usually think of an assumption or a weakener before I start reading the choices in CR, but I don't know why I couldn't do the same in the exam. The same issue is with RC. I was getting 80-90% accuracy in RC, but maybe it was the exam pressure or something that I couldn't follow my approach to tackle RC passages.

I was left with only 10-12 minutes for the last 9 questions and definitely I got 50% of them wrong. My biggest challenge right now is:

1) I am out of official practice tests and have used up Manhattan CATs. So, I don't know what's the best way to practice the Verbal section and improve timing. I gave only a few practice tests before the exam, since I have exhausted all official tests. Not sure if the lack of practice tests caused this issue.

2) How to skip questions in the verbal section? I have a timing strategy but I am never able to follow it because let's say I have set that at the start of 20th question in Verbal, I should have 32 minutes left. But when I am appearing for the exam, I am not able to decide which question to skip if I am behind my target time. In addition, the RC at the start of let's say 19th question messes up my timing (this happened in the exam). If I randomly skip an easy question, then that's bad. How do I work on improving my timing strategy so I don't end up rushing in the end?

Please advise!! Thank you!

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New post 16 Jul 2018, 23:39
Hi sdlife,

V38 (85 percentile) is a good score to now aim a V44. This improvement in Verbal score will surely boost up your total score.

Observations & Recommendations based on your ESR

1. You must focus on RC and CR sections for maximum improvement.
2. You are spending way too much time on incorrect questions compared to questions that you got correct.
3. Your score in RC section suggests challenges in your ability to infer from the passage which is one of the most important topics in RC
4. Your time to solve CR questions suggests some flaw in the process that you used, maybe because of the exam pressure it took you more time to come up with assumptions.
5. It is essential that you try to keep yourself calm during the test. I know it is easier said than done, but you must find ways that help you remain calm during the test.
6. You must figure out the time you need to correctly answer questions in each SC, CR, RC. You must not spend more time than that on solving questions of those categories. If
you have not been able to come up with an answer in that much time, you should probably guess the answer and move on. Your timing and skipping decision should not be
general but basis the time required to solve each sub-sectional question.

Way Forward

Your current score of V39 suggests a good grasp over concepts and their applications. Going forward from here would require you to identify your weaknesses and plugging those gaps. Here is a 3 step process to do improve to V40:
• Evaluate topic level preparedness
• Isolate weaknesses and improve upon them
• Track Improvement and repeat the process until you achieve your desired scores

Evaluating Topic Level Preparedness & Isolating Weaknesses

Click here[ to take a Verbal Ability Quizz to evaluate your topic level preparedness
• Check ‘Skill Data’ section to Isolate the topics in which you are weak

Improving Upon the Weaknesses

You may use your current resources to do so or check out our extensive Free Trial content to see if it suits your learning style. I am sharing direct links to a few of them. You can get access to a lot more of these (25+ video lessons and 350+ practice questions) once you sign up for the Free Trial.
Introduction to Assumption
Main Point Concept 1

Here are a couple of examples of students who like you improved to a V44+ from a score in V30s:
1. After scoring a 710, Anuj planned his second attempt, methodically improving his verbal score from V36 to V44 (98 percentile). Click here to watch his video amazing video interview to learn how he managed to get to 770. Click here to read his de-brief
2. Kinjal scored a 760 improving his Verbal score from 51 percentile to 98 percentile. In this detailed interview, Kinjal discusses how he approached GMAT Verbal to score V44.
3. Martina improved from V31 to V46 in just 3 weeks. Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.

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