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GMAT Verbal issues for native speakers

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Hi, are any other native speakers facing difficulties acing the Verbal? It's not that I don't understand the questions, rather I get flummoxed by the amount of information I need to process.
I have a decent Quant score of 48, how do I get better at Verbal in 2 weeks?
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Hey pineapple123456,

Is it a particular part of the verbal that's tripping you up (critical reasoning, reading comprehension, sentence correction), or is the whole thing? We can do a deeper dive based on that, but in the meantime here are a couple pointers.

1. Sentence correction is going to be more about strategy than you think. Determine what's changing between the answer choices and then eliminate answer choices based on the rules you know. (Is there an underlined verb that changes? Awesome. Eliminate based on subject/verb agreement or verb tense. Is there a pronoun underlined? Check for pronoun agreement.) A lot of people (especially native speakers) lose time because they try to read the whole answer over and over again to look for the one that seems best instead of focusing on concrete reasons to eliminate answer choices.

2. Reading comprehension is killer for a lot of people because they're used to reading for deep understanding and panic when they don't get it in the time allowed. Don't worry about deep understanding. You should be taking ~90 - 120 seconds (if you can) to read the passage. You're looking for only a couple things. A) What's the main idea/purpose? B) A mental map of where major ideas occur. C) A basic understanding of tone. Those three things and some judicious re-reading based on the questions you get is going to be helpful.

3. Critical reasoning is all about breaking down what you're given and having a strategy for each question type. For strengthen and weaken questions, for example, you're looking for the "gap" between the information given and the conclusion. Find that gap and then look for the answer choice that either fixes it for a strengthen question or exploits it for a weaken question. Given what you said, questions with bold face also might trip you up since they have both a fair amount of text in the prompt and the answer choices. For those, it can help to do some 'iterative process of elimination.' What I mean by that is to just look at the first bolded bit and eliminate answers based on what's said about that. Then look at the second and eliminate answers based on what's said about the second. Then if you need to, take one last pass.

As you probably noticed, a lot of these are about test taking skills rather than language skills. Generally issues for native speakers aren't because of lack of knowledge (although lack of knowledge is sometimes a problem). But most of the time it's all about strategy!
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Hi pineapple123456,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, great work with quant! A Q48 is a really nice quant score. Regarding verbal, before providing specific advice, I’d to learn more about your situation with the GMAT. I have some questions:

1) Please describe how you have been studying. For many hours a day and for how many months? What resources have you been using?

2) To what programs will you be applying? What are the deadlines for these programs?

3) By when MUST you take the GMAT?

4) For how many hours a day, on average, can you study between now and your next GMAT?

5) What is your GMAT score goal?

Once I learn a bit more about you, I can provide some detailed advice.

You also may find it helpful to read this article about
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