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Verbal for many gmat takers especially non-native speakers has been a dreadful section to ace. To do well on the GMAT one needs to be good at both sections. Now i know there are many links on gmatclub on how to improve on the verbal section by many experts and I'm trying to bring them all at one place. I also know there are courses like e-gmat, empowergmat, gmatpill, exampal, Et al. to help ace the verbal section but this post is about using GC effectively to help people ace the verbal section.

Now before starting preparing for verbal, have a look at the best books out there -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu
and the best posts of verbal -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-of-verb ... l#p1999302

Once you have the books for preparation, take a look at the study plan for verbal

1. Verbal Study Plans

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-verbal-study-plan-2017-edition-233279.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-improve-your-verbal-score-213013.html

Follow one religiously / make a plan for yourself understanding how to ace the verbal.. ( take a look at this as well - https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml?fl=menu )
Now after you've planned on how to ace the verbal and have a plan ready, look at the following links for each individual section tested on the GMAT


SC -

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-sc-140372.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-sc-rules-official-qs-by-experts-legendary-club-members-145563.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/sc-verbal-question-bank-and-directories-by-carcass-195439.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/compiled-thursdays-with-ron-sentance-correction-154538.html


RC -

https://gmatclub.com/forum/guide-to-reading-comprehension-221112.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-rc-140373.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/rc-verbal-question-bank-and-directories-by-carcass-195438.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/lsat-rc-collection-250720.html


CR -

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-comprehensive-collection-of-everything-official-cr-140375.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/critical-reasoning-megathread-145178.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/actual-lsat-cr-bank-by-broall-249447.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/cr-verbal-question-bank-and-directories-by-carcass-195437.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/thursdays-with-ron-critical-reasoning-series-critical-140883.html


Understanding concepts -

videos - https://gmatclub.com/forum/mgmat-study-hall-thursdays-with-ron-verbal-videos-209197.html
[url]book - https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 33952.html[/url]

DONOT practice LSAT material posted by broall until you are consistently scoring well on the verbal section. The standard is higher and LSAT material is tougher than the GMAT imo


I would suggest you to start your preparation by having a rough note book along with you. Everything that you feel is important or if there is something you fail to understand try and make a note of the concepts in a rough book and always revise before the exam. Check out the Error log and use it to help yourself in your preparation.


Use your best judgement to stick with materials used for preparation.( the more official/standard the better)


IMO -


These above are what I liked most during preparation/found to be most useful. Kaplan, Princeton and other materials are available but it's your wish to use them.

If you feel that you've already solved most of the questions and are wondering what to do. Use this link effectively
https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?view=search_tags

Search for questions as per difficulty and in the area of your weakness.. To assess your weakness during the course of your preparation take a MOCK cat and then focus on the areas of your weakness. Constant practice is needed for Verbal. Do not miss out on that.

If you need more personal tips from people who have done well on the gmat/some materials use this - https://gmatclub.com/forum/download.php
Search for Specific section i.e CR/SC/RC and make the most of the ones that you find helpful.

AVOID THIS - Trust me when i say this, I have solved about 2000 or more questions from various official sources but have never improved in verbal during my initial days of preparation. Learn that solving does not equal learning, understand why you have gone wrong make a note of that and consciously try to revise them and make sure that you do not repeat the mistakes again. THE MORE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BETTER. There are people who have solved only the OG and ended up with a 700+ as well :)

Good luck for your preparation

Regards,
HK :cool: GMAT - 710 ( Q49 V36 IR 7 AWA 6)

P.S - I am no gmat/verbal expert, I'm just trying to help people here. Now there are a lot of debriefs with verbal tips and help, I cannot individually go through all of them and thus if you do find something that may benefit people in the verbal section, feel free to post in comments and I will edit the post accordingly. Let's help one and another in acing the dreaded verbal section :D

If you are an active youtube user - Subscribe to the GC youtube channel for updates and do take a look at the videos posted there - https://www.youtube.com/user/gmatclub/videos
There are some excellent videos by GMATninja for verbal posted there

excuse typos :)
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Congratulation for your score.

nice compilation of different resources.
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Congratulation for your score.

nice compilation of different resources.


ahh thanks :D took the exam in 2016. I hope this post helps :)

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Congratulation for your score.

nice compilation of different resources.


ahh thanks :D took the exam in 2016. I hope this post helps :)

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what woke you up to write this post after so long .... don't mind .... just kidding .

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what woke you up to write this post after so long .... don't mind .... just kidding .

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Too many people asking for how to improve in verbal and i've like 10 bookmarks to look at all the links and share with them. I thought it'll help others if everything is at one place and saves me time as well. Selfless act :P :angel:

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Thanks for the initiative. The verbal improvement plan was one of those sought-after ones. All the links you have posted in your post are invaluable.

Allow me to add my 2 cents. I personally follow the below given link to help me reach V-40. This plan needed to be followed after one steadies their fundamentals.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... fl=similar
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Hi,
Verbal for many gmat takers especially non-native speakers has been a dreadful section to ace. To do well on the GMAT one needs to be good at both sections. Now i know there are many links on gmatclub on how to improve on the verbal section by many experts and I'm trying to bring them all at one place. I also know there are courses like e-gmat, empowergmat, gmatpill, exampal, Et al. to help ace the verbal section but this post is about using GC effectively to help people ace the verbal section.

Now before starting preparing for verbal, have a look at the best books out there -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu
and the best posts of verbal -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-of-verb ... l#p1999302

Once you have the books for preparation, take a look at the study plan for verbal

First look at the plans for verbal -

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-ver ... 33279.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 13013.html

Follow one religiously / make a plan for yourself understanding how to ace the verbal.. ( take a look at this as well - https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-study-p ... ml?fl=menu )

Now after you've planned on how to ace the verbal and have a plan ready, look at the following links for each individual section tested on the GMAT

SC -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-com ... 40372.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/all-sc-rules ... 45563.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/sc-verbal-qu ... 95439.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/compiled-thu ... 54538.html

RC -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/guide-to-rea ... 21112.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-com ... 40373.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/rc-verbal-qu ... 95438.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/lsat-rc-coll ... 50720.html

CR -
https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-most-com ... 40375.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/critical-rea ... 45178.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/actual-lsat- ... 49447.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/cr-verbal-qu ... 95437.html
https://gmatclub.com/forum/thursdays-wi ... 40883.html

Understanding concepts -
videos - https://gmatclub.com/forum/mgmat-study- ... 09197.html
book - https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-gma ... 33952.html

DONOT practice LSAT material posted by broall until you are consistently scoring well on the verbal section. The standard is higher and LSAT material is tougher than the GMAT imo

I would suggest you to start your preparation by having a rough note book along with you. Everything that you feel is important or if there is something you fail to understand try and make a note of the concepts in a rough book and always revise before the exam. Check out the Error log and use it to help yourself in your preparation.


Use your best judgement to stick with materials used for preparation.( the more official/standard the better)


IMO -

OG
Manhattan
Veritas
Artistotle
PowerScore

These above are what I liked most during preparation/found to be most useful. Kaplan, Princeton and other materials are available but it's your wish to use them.

If you feel that you've already solved most of the questions and are wondering what to do. Use this link effectively
https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?view=search_tags

Search for questions as per difficulty and in the area of your weakness.. To assess your weakness during the course of your preparation take a MOCK cat and then focus on the areas of your weakness. Constant practice is needed for Verbal. Do not miss out on that.

If you need more personal tips from people who have done well on the gmat/some materials use this - https://gmatclub.com/forum/download.php
Search for Specific section i.e CR/SC/RC and make the most of the ones that you find helpful.

AVOID THIS - Trust me when i say this, I have solved about 2000 or more questions from various official sources but have never improved in verbal during my initial days of preparation. Learn that solving does not equal learning, understand why you have gone wrong make a note of that and consciously try to revise them and make sure that you do not repeat the mistakes again. THE MORE IS NOT ALWAYS THE BETTER. There are people who have solved only the OG and ended up with a 700+ as well :)

Good luck for your preparation

Regards,
HK :cool: GMAT - 710 ( Q49 V36 IR 7 AWA 6)

P.S - I am no gmat/verbal expert, I'm just trying to help people here. Now there are a lot of debriefs with verbal tips and help, I cannot individually go through all of them and thus if you do find something that may benefit people in the verbal section, feel free to post in comments and I will edit the post accordingly. Let's help one and another in acing the dreaded verbal section :D

If you are an active youtube user - Subscribe to the GC youtube channel for updates and do take a look at the videos posted there - https://www.youtube.com/user/gmatclub/videos
There are some excellent videos by GMATninja for verbal posted there

excuse typos :)


It is great effort HK. The first thing people want is compilation of resources to practice. You are helping them with such a great post.

Thanks''

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It is great effort HK. The first thing people want is compilation of resources to practice. You are helping them with such a great post.

Thanks''

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Thanks :D
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Hatakekakashi
Thanks for the initiative. The verbal improvement plan was one of those sought-after ones. All the links you have posted in your post are invaluable.

Allow me to add my 2 cents. I personally follow the below given link to help me reach V-40. This plan needed to be followed after one steadies their fundamentals.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... fl=similar



Hi the link is already added, kindly check verbal plans (Y)

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My bad. I did not see the link.

Thanks for bringing that up.

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Nice! Two things I would add to make this link bomb a little more manageable though:

1. Use an error log (I prefer Google Sheets) to keep track of which problems you've done and which you will do next. Update it regularly. Revisit the questions once a week.

2. When you review problems, ask yourself these questions:

RC: "Which parts of the passage did I need to read to answer this question? Did I read the right parts?"
SC: "How does the correct answer correctly and succinctly convey the intended meaning? Why does the incorrect answer not do so?"
CR: "What is the original argument? How does the correct answer fit into (weaken, strengthen, etc.) the original argument?"

Verbal, unlike quant, really lends itself well to overarching strategies. That's what I focus on with my students.
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