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Help! How to raise my verbal score from V26 to V40 in 6 weeks?

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Hello wonderful inspiring members of the gmat club,

First of all, I want to say that you guys have been such an inspiration! I always feel like you have all done it and therefore, maybe, just MAYBE, I can too! You give me hope and I want to thank you all for that.

My gmat verbal score is begging for help. (so is quant but I want to focus this post on the verbal section).

Gmat exam 1: V 29
Ok, that needs to be improved. SO, I enrolled with Magoosh. Did 800 or so magoosh verbal questions. Saw every single video of veritas prep (woohoo Brian!!)

Gmat exam 2: V26
WHAT THE HECK! How did the score go down?? I took it 2 weeks ago. I am shocked and a little depressed. Just slowly trying to come out of this shock.

Gmat exam 3: Upcoming in 6 weeks. I NEED A V40. 3rd time lucky maybe??? hopefully!

I have no idea if this is relevant but my AWA score is 6.0. So obviously, my english is not as bad as my verbal score seems to make it out to be!

I have an ESR report (cant upload as I don't have 5 posts yet mostly because i never have anything useful to say). The potholes in my verbal section astounds me. Gmat couldn't have made me feel worse about myself. BUT, I looked into this website, and voila so many of you are going through this and have succeeded. Now please tell me how to as well.

Weakest: CR - 5th percentile (WHAT?!)
Medium (low end of the medium spectrum): RC - 35th percentile (UGH!!!)
Strongest: SC - 80th percentile (PHEW!)

Help help help please.
Someone here suggested The power score critical reasoning bible. I am doing that. What else guys? Anyone want to help tutor me a bit???

Lots of love and positive energy to all of you,

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Hello wonderful inspiring members of the gmat club,

First of all, I want to say that you guys have been such an inspiration! I always feel like you have all done it and therefore, maybe, just MAYBE, I can too! You give me hope and I want to thank you all for that.

My gmat verbal score is begging for help. (so is quant but I want to focus this post on the verbal section).

Gmat exam 1: V 29
Ok, that needs to be improved. SO, I enrolled with Magoosh. Did 800 or so magoosh verbal questions. Saw every single video of veritas prep (woohoo Brian!!)

Gmat exam 2: V26
WHAT THE HECK! How did the score go down?? I took it 2 weeks ago. I am shocked and a little depressed. Just slowly trying to come out of this shock.

Gmat exam 3: Upcoming in 6 weeks. I NEED A V40. 3rd time lucky maybe??? hopefully!

I have no idea if this is relevant but my AWA score is 6.0. So obviously, my english is not as bad as my verbal score seems to make it out to be!

I have an ESR report (cant upload as I don't have 5 posts yet mostly because i never have anything useful to say). The potholes in my verbal section astounds me. Gmat couldn't have made me feel worse about myself. BUT, I looked into this website, and voila so many of you are going through this and have succeeded. Now please tell me how to as well.

Weakest: CR - 5th percentile (WHAT?!)
Medium (low end of the medium spectrum): RC - 35th percentile (UGH!!!)
Strongest: SC - 80th percentile (PHEW!)

Help help help please.
Someone here suggested The power score critical reasoning bible. I am doing that. What else guys? Anyone want to help tutor me a bit???

Lots of love and positive energy to all of you,

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https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html
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New post 09 Nov 2019, 12:01
Thank you for these links. I’ve been through them several times actually. Maybe it’s my fault and I haven’t worded my question right. So let
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When you see a sc, cr or rc question, what do is the first, second, third.. etc thing you do to get the answer. Like how is each person choosing to solve it?

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Thanks for clarifying. You need to search for the strategy suggested by experts in separate forums.
One more thing you can do is to join the Always-On chat and will find 'Nightblade354' there. He will guide you and suggest strategies.
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Thanks A LOT!!! Very very helpful.


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Hi silverparkakeet,

Since you recently scored V26, to improve your verbal skills moving forward, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn GMAT verbal from the ground up. In other words, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to learn each verbal topic individually and then practice each topic until you’ve gained mastery. Let me expand on this idea further.

For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific 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 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 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 questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect 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 stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction 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 likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is 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 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 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, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to put in the necessary 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.

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 skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple SC 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 my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!
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