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Help! I can't break 35 in Verbal!

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New post 15 Nov 2008, 13:18
I have 2 weeks before the test, and I'm consistently running out of the time in the verbal section! Most of my wrong answers come from the last 10 questions. I usually have 8 questions with 10 minutes left.

It is then I start to panic and realize I can't even focus on the remaining questions.

Here's my strategy so far, which doesn't seem to be working too well.
RC -
I take a lot of notes on the RC - this keeps me awake, but it's taking too much of my time I think. The good thing is that I usually get the questions correct.

CR -
I write out the premise and conclusion (a la Manhattan GMAT) - and it helps me really understand the passage, but again, it takes a lot of time.

SC -
No notes, but it takes me an avg of 1.5 minutes to do one. I can't speed it up, because I'll end up re-reading it (and that wastes more time).

Any advice? I have no problem guessing on Quant, but I never really guess verbal... Maybe that's my problem? I need to start?

Thanks.

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Re: Help! I can't break 35 in Verbal! [#permalink]

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I have 2 weeks before the test, and I'm consistently running out of the time in the verbal section! Most of my wrong answers come from the last 10 questions. I usually have 8 questions with 10 minutes left.

It is then I start to panic and realize I can't even focus on the remaining questions.

Here's my strategy so far, which doesn't seem to be working too well.
RC -
I take a lot of notes on the RC - this keeps me awake, but it's taking too much of my time I think. The good thing is that I usually get the questions correct.

CR -
I write out the premise and conclusion (a la Manhattan GMAT) - and it helps me really understand the passage, but again, it takes a lot of time.

SC -
No notes, but it takes me an avg of 1.5 minutes to do one. I can't speed it up, because I'll end up re-reading it (and that wastes more time).

Any advice? I have no problem guessing on Quant, but I never really guess verbal... Maybe that's my problem? I need to start?

Thanks.


My GMAT is next week and I've got the same problem. Fortunately, I'm maintaining a 39 somehow. I usually miss 1 question in the first ten, 5 or 6 in the first 30, and tank the final stretch by missing 5-8.

Verbal is all about timing, right? Well, I did several timing drills and discovered that it took me the same amount of time to read a passage entirely as it did to read only the first and last sentence of each paragraph while taking notes (around 2-2.5min). I read the entire passage, miss no more than 3 RCs per test, and maintain pretty good timing.

I also don't take notes on CR. CR has never been a huge issue (usually no more than 4 incorrect), but I miss a lot when I'm out of time.

SC accounts for MOST of my incorrect answer choices. Most of my SC errors occur in the final 10 when I'm out of time, but I still need to improve speed and accuracy for this subject. In my timing drills I'm able to average less than 55sec/question with 90% accuracy, but the SCs in GMATPrep are much more difficult.

Most people say you should work on timing exclusively in your final week, but I think I need to hit the books on SC for the next couple days instead. Hopefully having a better understanding of SC will help me answer the harder questions quickly.

Overall I'm missing 9-10 Quant questions - giving me a 47/48 (a 44 once), and I'm missing 12-15 Verbal - giving me a 39 (a 34 once).
This has worked out to 650 (Q47,V34), 710 (Q48,V39), and 680 (Q44, V39). It's really important that I hit ~42 on Verbal, so I'm right along with you trying to improve :)

Can anyone comment on whether a 42 is possible by missing 3RC, 3CR, and 3SC? (by missing them non-consecutively)
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New post 18 Nov 2008, 19:22
Guys. . .

I totally hear what your saying. My quant is right there, but I took the real test 3 weeks ago and found the verbal to be far more dificult than any pratice test. I'd say that I didn't miss any from verbal 1-10. The first RC popped up around #9 or 10. It was all down hill from there. It was like the answers weren't on the test, not even remote. I ran out of time with 8 minutes when question 33 qued up.

Hah. . .I have been through so many books, practically stacked to my sealing. I remember that the RCs had fragments in the first paragraphs. I couldn't make out what was being said. Anyways, I found the real verbal to be much more difficult than any of the practice materials. If you have any suggestion here i would really appreciate it because I'm tanked.

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