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# Help needed to improve verbal score !!!!

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08 Sep 2018, 23:32
Hi Guys,

I began an extensive study after rescheduling my GMAT. Its been almost 10-15 days that I have followed all the tips and suggestions collected from various sources online. Have been practicing and also reviewing my errors. However, seems I am still stuck in the same place. I took a GMATPrep Mock today and scored 590 ( Q48,V24 ).

As For the quants, I came across a few questions, whose concept I was unaware of and ran out of time while solving the last question, due to some technical glitch. Also, 2 questions were wrong due to my carelessness. So I know where to put in effort.

The major problem is Verbal, of which I am clueless. After having practiced CR and SC thoroughly, I had been expecting minimal errors there, but that wasn't the case. In a few questions, i was very close to the correct answer but then marked them wrong. I don't know how to proceed.. Do I need to practice more or is it concepts that I am struggling with, I am unable to judge.. Is there some online tutorial available specifically for verbal ?? Badly need your help for verbal... !!!!!
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08 Sep 2018, 23:58
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Hi Guys,

I began an extensive study after rescheduling my GMAT. Its been almost 10-15 days that I have followed all the tips and suggestions collected from various sources online. Have been practicing and also reviewing my errors. However, seems I am still stuck in the same place. I took a GMATPrep Mock today and scored 590 ( Q48,V24 ).

As For the quants, I came across a few questions, whose concept I was unaware of and ran out of time while solving the last question, due to some technical glitch. Also, 2 questions were wrong due to my carelessness. So I know where to put in effort.

The major problem is Verbal, of which I am clueless. After having practiced CR and SC thoroughly, I had been expecting minimal errors there, but that wasn't the case. In a few questions, i was very close to the correct answer but then marked them wrong. I don't know how to proceed.. Do I need to practice more or is it concepts that I am struggling with, I am unable to judge.. Is there some online tutorial available specifically for verbal ?? Badly need your help for verbal... !!!!!

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09 Sep 2018, 18:56
Hi PRanjan1988,

In a prior post, you mentioned that your plan was to take the GMAT on September 1st. Did you end up taking the Test as scheduled (and if you did, then how did you score?) or did you pay to reschedule your Exam?

Beyond that question, this recent CAT Score is similar to most of the other CAT scores that you have reported, so you clearly continue to 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT in the same general ways as before. To hit 700+, you're going to make have some significant changes to how you work through he Verbal section. Have you used any new materials study materials over the last month or do you think that you just ended up working through lots of practice questions without actually changing your Tactics?

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Hi PRanjan1988,

In a prior post, you mentioned that your plan was to take the GMAT on September 1st. Did you end up taking the Test as scheduled (and if you did, then how did you score?) or did you pay to reschedule your Exam?

Beyond that question, this recent CAT Score is similar to most of the other CAT scores that you have reported, so you clearly continue to 'see' (and respond to) the GMAT in the same general ways as before. To hit 700+, you're going to make have some significant changes to how you work through he Verbal section. Have you used any new materials study materials over the last month or do you think that you just ended up working through lots of practice questions without actually changing your Tactics?

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Hi Rich,

First of all I did not take the test as scheduled. I got it postponed by two months. So, I'll appear for the exams on 1st Nov now.

Coming to the second point, I thoroughly studied CR and SC during these two weeks and did quite a number of practice questions. However, what I observed during that period also was that my accuracy didn't improve very much. I was dangling between an average of 40-70%. However, I realized i at least know now, a lot many concepts better than what I knew before. Yet, it seems that hasn't added any value.

Do you have any suggestion ?

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10 Sep 2018, 08:17
PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I began an extensive study after rescheduling my GMAT. Its been almost 10-15 days that I have followed all the tips and suggestions collected from various sources online. Have been practicing and also reviewing my errors. However, seems I am still stuck in the same place. I took a GMATPrep Mock today and scored 590 ( Q48,V24 ).

As For the quants, I came across a few questions, whose concept I was unaware of and ran out of time while solving the last question, due to some technical glitch. Also, 2 questions were wrong due to my carelessness. So I know where to put in effort.

The major problem is Verbal, of which I am clueless. After having practiced CR and SC thoroughly, I had been expecting minimal errors there, but that wasn't the case. In a few questions, i was very close to the correct answer but then marked them wrong. I don't know how to proceed.. Do I need to practice more or is it concepts that I am struggling with, I am unable to judge.. Is there some online tutorial available specifically for verbal ?? Badly need your help for verbal... !!!!!

What materials have you used for your preparation and practice? Any other mocks you had taken prior to this?
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10 Sep 2018, 13:05
Hi PRanjan1988,

Based on what you describe, it sounds like your 'default approach' to most Verbal questions is to 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and then "guess".' While that approach is fine when you're dealing with really difficult questions, it will likely limit how high you can Score overall (since you will likely get about 1/2 of the questions wrong when you approach them in that way - and you can't score 700+ doing that). To score at a significantly higher level, you're going to have to learn and practice the proper Tactics, so that you can properly apply those Tactics regardless of the difficulty level of the prompt that you're facing. The Verbal section of the GMAT is just as consistent and predictable as the Quant section is, so you CAN train to score at a higher level (you have put the necessary effort into your training though).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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10 Sep 2018, 21:07
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi PRanjan1988,

Based on what you describe, it sounds like your 'default approach' to most Verbal questions is to 'narrow the answers down to 2 choices and then "guess".' While that approach is fine when you're dealing with really difficult questions, it will likely limit how high you can Score overall (since you will likely get about 1/2 of the questions wrong when you approach them in that way - and you can't score 700+ doing that). To score at a significantly higher level, you're going to have to learn and practice the proper Tactics, so that you can properly apply those Tactics regardless of the difficulty level of the prompt that you're facing. The Verbal section of the GMAT is just as consistent and predictable as the Quant section is, so you CAN train to score at a higher level (you have put the necessary effort into your training though).

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi Rich,

I can dedicatedly spend 10-15 hrs per week. I plan to spend one third of that for quants and remaining for verbal. Please let me know how to proceed...
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10 Sep 2018, 21:10
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PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I began an extensive study after rescheduling my GMAT. Its been almost 10-15 days that I have followed all the tips and suggestions collected from various sources online. Have been practicing and also reviewing my errors. However, seems I am still stuck in the same place. I took a GMATPrep Mock today and scored 590 ( Q48,V24 ).

As For the quants, I came across a few questions, whose concept I was unaware of and ran out of time while solving the last question, due to some technical glitch. Also, 2 questions were wrong due to my carelessness. So I know where to put in effort.

The major problem is Verbal, of which I am clueless. After having practiced CR and SC thoroughly, I had been expecting minimal errors there, but that wasn't the case. In a few questions, i was very close to the correct answer but then marked them wrong. I don't know how to proceed.. Do I need to practice more or is it concepts that I am struggling with, I am unable to judge.. Is there some online tutorial available specifically for verbal ?? Badly need your help for verbal... !!!!!

What materials have you used for your preparation and practice? Any other mocks you had taken prior to this?

I have used the OG 18 and Veritas Verbal. I also keep on scavenging study materials from various other sources online. I had appeared for 3-4 mocks of GMATPrep earlier and my performance was similar to what I have mentioned in this post. The highest I have scored in verbal is 29, which is nowhere close to what I need to score.
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11 Sep 2018, 11:49
Hi PRanjan1988,

Based on all of the information that you have provided, I think that you would find the EMPOWERgmat Verbal Score Booster to be quite helpful. Most of our clients finish that Study Plan in under a month, so it would fit your schedule perfectly. During that time, you'll also be able to access any of the Quant resources that interest you. We have a variety of free resources on our site (www.empowergmat.com), so you can 'test out' the Course before setting up an account.

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I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you have yet to improve your verbal score, you need to look at HOW you have been preparing and potentially make some changes. Since you scored a V24, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high score. To improve your skills, you will want to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can 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, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning 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 of question. 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.

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 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 regiments, 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 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.

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20 Sep 2018, 09:53
PRanjan1988 wrote:
Hi Guys,

I began an extensive study after rescheduling my GMAT. Its been almost 10-15 days that I have followed all the tips and suggestions collected from various sources online. Have been practicing and also reviewing my errors. However, seems I am still stuck in the same place. I took a GMATPrep Mock today and scored 590 ( Q48,V24 ).

As For the quants, I came across a few questions, whose concept I was unaware of and ran out of time while solving the last question, due to some technical glitch. Also, 2 questions were wrong due to my carelessness. So I know where to put in effort.

The major problem is Verbal, of which I am clueless. After having practiced CR and SC thoroughly, I had been expecting minimal errors there, but that wasn't the case. In a few questions, i was very close to the correct answer but then marked them wrong. I don't know how to proceed.. Do I need to practice more or is it concepts that I am struggling with, I am unable to judge.. Is there some online tutorial available specifically for verbal ?? Badly need your help for verbal... !!!!!

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How much time you have studied for verbal?
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Hi Guys,

I began an extensive study after rescheduling my GMAT. Its been almost 10-15 days that I have followed all the tips and suggestions collected from various sources online. Have been practicing and also reviewing my errors. However, seems I am still stuck in the same place. I took a GMATPrep Mock today and scored 590 ( Q48,V24 ).

As For the quants, I came across a few questions, whose concept I was unaware of and ran out of time while solving the last question, due to some technical glitch. Also, 2 questions were wrong due to my carelessness. So I know where to put in effort.

The major problem is Verbal, of which I am clueless. After having practiced CR and SC thoroughly, I had been expecting minimal errors there, but that wasn't the case. In a few questions, i was very close to the correct answer but then marked them wrong. I don't know how to proceed.. Do I need to practice more or is it concepts that I am struggling with, I am unable to judge.. Is there some online tutorial available specifically for verbal ?? Badly need your help for verbal... !!!!!

Hi PRanjan1988,

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.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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It may sound too simple, but you have to go with the meaning. I learned a lot of strategies and rules, but only after learning how to digest the meaning I could improve my verbal from 22 to 37. When you read questions don't rush. Take as a rule -untill you understand what you just have read don't move to answer options. After 1 month your score will increase graduately.
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