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Hi Folks,
I just took the GMAT two days back and performed horribly in the Verbal section. I scored 660 (Q50, V30). I did not feel very nervous during the exam and particularly found the Quant section to be a piece of cake, but verbal seemed to have much longer passages than I have seen (with 2 long RC passages). Here is a background on my prep:
I spent approx. 2 months preparing for the GMAT and used the following resources:
Quant
- MGMAT Guides
- Target Test prep
- OG Quant
Verbal
- MGMAT Guides for RC, SC and CR
- OG Verbal
- About 40 of the Artistotle RC Guide passages
- Powerscore Bible for CR
I took all six GMAT Prep Practice tests and scored between 680, 680, 730, 680 and 710 with verbal scores of 35-41 in each and Quant scores of 46-51. My target score is at least 700, and am planning to retake the test in 15 days but this time honing in on my Verbal skills. My ESR showed accuracies of 35% RC, 70% SC and 70% CR. What resources would you recommend I use to practice RC's and CR questions for my retake? (OG or GMAT Club RC's). Also, what are good sources to practice SC and CR.

Thanks for your help!
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nikiwalt – I understand that you are disappointed with a 660 but I think you are in a really good place:

1. 660 is a really good score to begin with.
2. You are almost done with GMAT Quant. You need to spend 90% of your energy on improving GMAT Verbal.
3. Most of your focus needs to be on improving GMAT RC.

How will you improve to 700+
Since you are aiming for a score of 700+, I would recommend that you aim for 730+. As per my estimate, a score of 730+ yields an incremental $500K ROI for most students. Read this article:
https://e-gmat.com/blogs/a-gmat-score-o ... 0k-in-roi/

To score 730, you would need a V40. Now you can attain a V40 if you improve your SC and CR abilities to the 90th percentile and your RC ability to the 70th percentile. Take a look at the graphic below:

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How should you improve RC?
Focus on comprehending RC passages. Make sure you reject RC answers for good reasons. As one 770-scorer said:

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“for every single choice, either right or wrong, you have to find proof in the message. If you eliminate a certain answer choice, find wherein the message that includes information that proves it wrong”


Watch the recording of a webinar we conducted on GMAT RC.


I hope this helps you decide how to move forward. Let me know if you have any other question.

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nikiwalt wrote:
Hi Folks,
I just took the GMAT two days back and performed horribly in the Verbal section. I scored 660 (Q50, V30). I did not feel very nervous during the exam and particularly found the Quant section to be a piece of cake, but verbal seemed to have much longer passages than I have seen (with 2 long RC passages). Here is a background on my prep:
I spent approx. 2 months preparing for the GMAT and used the following resources:
Quant
- MGMAT Guides
- Target Test prep
- OG Quant
Verbal
- MGMAT Guides for RC, SC and CR
- OG Verbal
- About 40 of the Artistotle RC Guide passages
- Powerscore Bible for CR
I took all six GMAT Prep Practice tests and scored between 680, 680, 730, 680 and 710 with verbal scores of 35-41 in each and Quant scores of 46-51. My target score is at least 700, and am planning to retake the test in 15 days but this time honing in on my Verbal skills. My ESR showed accuracies of 35% RC, 70% SC and 70% CR. What resources would you recommend I use to practice RC's and CR questions for my retake? (OG or GMAT Club RC's). Also, what are good sources to practice SC and CR.

Thanks for your help!


i think veritas is good source for verbal
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Hi nikiwalt,

First off Q50 is amazing, so nice job!

Regarding verbal resources, in addition to seeking advice in this thread, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

Feel free to reach out with further questions.

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I think you haven't done Official Guide yet. You only did OG Verbal Review and OG Quant Review.

Learn from the thick Official Guide thoroughly and you will definitely increase your score.

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Congrats on initial score. I guess a 5 point increase in verbal can do the trick. Needs a lot of reading and understanding Complicated English sentences and this can help in this 5 point increase
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Hi nikiwalt,

First off, a 660/Q50 is a strong Score, so it could be enough to get you into your first-choice School. As such, a retest might not be necessary. Depending on the Schools that you plan to apply to, you would likely find it beneficial to speak with an Admissions Expert about your overall profile. There's a Forum full of those Experts here:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ask-admissio ... tants-124/

There's certainly no harm in continuing to study though - and you certainly have the opportunity to pick up some significant points in the Verbal section. Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores though, so with just 2 months of study, it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort yet.

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming that you took your CATs in a realistic fashion, most of your CAT score results - along with your Official Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 680 +/- a few points). You handle certain aspects of the GMAT consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes.

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) How many hours did you typically study each week?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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). Since you purchased the ESR, I'll be happy to analyze it for you. Before you can include attachments to your posts/PMs, you need to have at least 5 posts in the forums. If you would rather not go through those extra steps right now, you can feel free to email your ESR directly to me (at Rich.C@empowergmat.com).

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New post 08 Nov 2019, 01:17
660/Q50 V30 is a good score to start with. You are strong in GMAT Quant, so focus most of your effort to improve Verbal.

Buy OG2020 (not the Verbal/Quant Review). Do all the SC, RC, and CR questions and read why each wrong answer is wrong.


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