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Hi All,

Last week I appeared for my GMAT exam. It was my 1st attempt. My total score came as 650 Q - 49 and V - 30. I am planning to give my 2nd attempt in a month's time. I would like to get some suggestions from experts here on how to improve verbal score to 37/38 so that I can reach 700 mark in 1 month time. Please advise.

Also I would like to know what kind colleges I can get with my current score. I am having 10 years of experience in IT industry with major CMMI level 5 IT companies and currently working as Team Lead in my current organization after completing my B.Tech in Computer Science. Is there a chance to get into IIM Calcutta PGPEX with this score? Please advise.

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New post 19 Aug 2018, 13:35
Hi Sudhamoy,

First off, a 650/Q49 is a strong score (it's right around the 80th percentile overall), so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Since you're asking about which Schools to apply to, you might find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

http://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admission ... tants-124/

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

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1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your practice CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

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New post 20 Aug 2018, 08:37
Hi Rich,

Please find the required details given below.

1) How long have you studied?

I started my GMAT journey from February 2018. So, it is around 6 months preparation before my 1st attempt. I am planning to take my 2nd attempt by mid of September.

2) What study materials have you used so far?

Official guide 2018, Quant and Verbal review 2018 and few online materials.

3) How have you scored on EACH of your practice CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

In my GMAT Prep 1 & 2 I scored Quant - 49/50 and verbal - 37/38. Overall score 710/720.

4) When are you planning to apply to Business School?

I want to attend 2019-2020 session and planning apply in round 2 this year. My target B-schools are ISB, IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L primarily for 1 year MBA. But you can suggest me any other good B-schools also. I am having 10 years of experience in IT industry with major CMMI level 5 IT companies and currently working as Team Lead in my current organization after completing my B.Tech in Computer Science.

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New post 20 Aug 2018, 11:28
Sudhamoy wrote:
Hi All,

Last week I appeared for my GMAT exam. It was my 1st attempt. My total score came as 650 Q - 49 and V - 30. I am planning to give my 2nd attempt in a month's time. I would like to get some suggestions from experts here on how to improve verbal score to 37/38 so that I can reach 700 mark in 1 month time. Please advise.

Also I would like to know what kind colleges I can get with my current score. I am having 10 years of experience in IT industry with major CMMI level 5 IT companies and currently working as Team Lead in my current organization after completing my B.Tech in Computer Science. Is there a chance to get into IIM Calcutta PGPEX with this score? Please advise.

Thanks in advance.


Hi Sudhamoy,

For verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hi Sudhamoy,

I've responded to your PM with some notes/suggestions about how you might approach the next phase of your studies.

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New post 21 Aug 2018, 01:54
Hi Sudhamoy,

One month would be enough to improve by 8 points if you use the right resources and approach. Here are a few examples of students who were able to do this:
    • Nipun improved from V25 to V38 in 4 weeks. Click here to learn how he improved his RC and SC ability tremendously.
    • Rhea improved from V32 (620) to V41 (760) in just 40 days. Click here to watch her video interview and learn how she achieved this amazing feat.
    • Martina improved from V31 to V46 in just 3 weeks. Click here to learn how she achieved this feat.

Way Forward

You must invest your time wisely and be very focused in your approach. Below are steps that you may follow to get to your target score:
    1. Take Ability Quiz in Scholaranium
    2. Isolate the topics in which you are relatively weak and improve them using e-GMAT free content available in your Free Trial dashboard or your current resources
    3. Track improvement and repeat the process till you reach desired score
Since you have already taken the test once, you must also couple the data analytics available in Scholaranium with the ESR information and move forward. You may write to us at support@e-gmat.com if you need help in analyzing your ESR.

Hope this helps!

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New post 23 Aug 2018, 09:21
HI Sudhamoy,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help.

First off, awesome job with your quant score. Regarding verbal, given that you have been preparing since February and scored a V30, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes. If you can follow a sound, thorough, and linear study plan, you can improve your GMAT score. Thus, you will need a study plan that allows you to slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a Weaken the Argument question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of Reading Comprehension questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. 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. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 meanings that make sense. 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 in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to 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. For instance, 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 that would have extended your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about how to score a 700+ on the GMAT.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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Sudhamoy wrote:
Hi All,

Last week I appeared for my GMAT exam. It was my 1st attempt. My total score came as 650 Q - 49 and V - 30. I am planning to give my 2nd attempt in a month's time. I would like to get some suggestions from experts here on how to improve verbal score to 37/38 so that I can reach 700 mark in 1 month time. Please advise.

Also I would like to know what kind colleges I can get with my current score. I am having 10 years of experience in IT industry with major CMMI level 5 IT companies and currently working as Team Lead in my current organization after completing my B.Tech in Computer Science. Is there a chance to get into IIM Calcutta PGPEX with this score? Please advise.

Thanks in advance.

It would be useful if you could share what all resources you used for your preparations before the first attempt. Also what mocks did you give? And what were your mock scores?

It will be useful to get an ESR to see where exactly you slipped.
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