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Today, I took GMAT for the first time. But could score only 590 ( V25 Q47). Whereas, in the mocks, I used to score around 680. How to improve my verbal, Can someone please guide me. I am facing issues in SC.
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Hello. Sorry that your test didn't go as you wished. What materials did you use to prepare for this attempt? What was your baseline mock score?Posting how you prepared should help the experts in analyzing your situation
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I joined a decent coaching center in Delhi. I used only coaching material and O.G. Apart from this, I took mocks of VeritasPrep and 800score website. What is a baseline score?
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Hi Jashleen,
You can start with GMAT club Grammer book which will refresh your Basics.
Followed by that you can solve Manhattan SC book.
Practice is the key to improve score in SC.
Also check this forum, it will help you
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-eff ... 2#p1092923

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jaykpatel21 wrote:
Hi Jashleen,
You can start with GMAT club Grammer book which will refresh your Basics.
Followed by that you can solve Manhattan SC book.
Practice is the key to improve score in SC.
Also check this forum, it will help you
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-eff ... 2#p1092923

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New post 24 Jun 2019, 09:08
Ok. By baseline score, I mean the score of the 1st mock you too when you started your GMATprep. You said you were scoring 680, is this an average of several mocks, or just a single data point? I’d recommend that you checkout Target Test Prep for your quant and e-gmat verbal online for verbal. I am currently using both course and everything is looking good so far. TTP requires a lot of time to finish, but I think you can use the accelerated study plan since you scored a 47 on the real test.

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Hi Jasleen! Since you mention SC as your specific area of concern, thought I would mention that our sentence correction book Sentence Correction Nirvana is perhaps the only book that offers a score improvement guarantee, and is especially designed for non-native speakers.

After reading the book twice (yes! it's an academic book, and so must be read twice in all seriousness, to reinforce the concepts), you will start looking forward to solving SC questions!

The book is available on Flipkart and Amazon.in. You might want to refer to these sites, to also read testimonials of how readers have benefited.

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New post 25 Jun 2019, 09:48
Although it seems that you are struggling in all aspects of verbal, I’ll provide some advice on how to improve your SC skills. If you’d like further advice regarding RC and CR, feel free to reach out.

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 really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning the 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 less than 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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 until you start to see the differences 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 take the time to see the differences between answers 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. 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 to arrive at that answer and what you could do differently 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 do differently to extend your streak.

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.

Also, you may find it helpful to read this article about How to Score a 700+ on the GMAT.

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Hi JasleenKahlon,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. Before we discuss any of those potential issues though, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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You might also choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. 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). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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JasleenKahlon wrote:
Today, I took GMAT for the first time. But could score only 590 ( V25 Q47). Whereas, in the mocks, I used to score around 680. How to improve my verbal, Can someone please guide me. I am facing issues in SC.
It may just be underperformance. Did you get those 680s on official practice tests, and were you familiar with any of the questions you saw on those tests?
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