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# How to improve verbal?

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28 Jan 2018, 10:41
Hi Guys,

I need some advice how to move forward.

I started my journey with GMAT in September when I signed up for Manhattan online course. I did the Manhattan mock test at the beginning of October scoring 550 (Q33, V32). Then, I started learning 1-2 hours per week day, 3-5 hours per weekend day (15-20 hours per week). My schedule is very tight – full time consulting job, two small kids… life is not easy

I did the first real GMAT exam at the beginning of December scoring 610 (Q42, V32). Yesterday, after two months of studying I took second real test and I scored 580 (Q44, V25). My second GMAT test is very in line with two mock test I took one week and one day before the second real GMAT (I scored 620 and 590 respectively). Funny, that the mock test I took one day before second real GMAT is almost identical (590, Q44, V27).

As you can see, I improved quant, but my verbal is poor. I really spent 60-70% of the time so far to improve quant and now need to focus on verbal. From the last GMATPrep mock test, out of 17 incorrect Verbal responses, 5 were for RC, 8 were for SC, 4 were for CR.

I am planning to apply to a school where I need to be around 700 to have a competitive application. What would you recommend? Yesterday, I ordered The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible as I remembered good reviews. However, I am not sure whether there are better ways to move forward. As an example, should I try to work with a private tutor?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Kanar
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28 Jan 2018, 13:33
Hi Kanar,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your various CAT score results - along with your Official GMAT Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 580 +/- a few points). This means that you handle certain aspects of the Exam consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Raising a 580 to a 700+ will likely take at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

You might choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define your performance on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

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2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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29 Jan 2018, 05:30
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi Kanar,

GMAC has publicly stated that the Official Score that you earn on Test Day is within +/- 30 points of actual ability. Assuming a similar 'swing' in how your CATs function, your various CAT score results - along with your Official GMAT Score - show that you essentially performed the same each time (about 580 +/- a few points). This means that you handle certain aspects of the Exam consistently well, but you also make certain consistent mistakes. Raising a 580 to a 700+ will likely take at least another 2-3 months of consistent, guided study - and you'll have to make significant improvements to how you handle BOTH the Quant and Verbal sections.

You might choose to purchase the Enhanced Score Report. While the ESR doesn't provide a lot of information, there are usually a few data points that we can use to define your performance on Test Day (and what you should work on to score higher). If you purchase the ESR, then I'll be happy to analyze it for you.

1) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
2) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Sir +/-30 points is a big deviation. This can make or break an application and screw someones total year.
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29 Jan 2018, 10:20
kanar wrote:
Hi Guys,

I need some advice how to move forward.

I started my journey with GMAT in September when I signed up for Manhattan online course. I did the Manhattan mock test at the beginning of October scoring 550 (Q33, V32). Then, I started learning 1-2 hours per week day, 3-5 hours per weekend day (15-20 hours per week). My schedule is very tight – full time consulting job, two small kids… life is not easy

I did the first real GMAT exam at the beginning of December scoring 610 (Q42, V32). Yesterday, after two months of studying I took second real test and I scored 580 (Q44, V25). My second GMAT test is very in line with two mock test I took one week and one day before the second real GMAT (I scored 620 and 590 respectively). Funny, that the mock test I took one day before second real GMAT is almost identical (590, Q44, V27).

As you can see, I improved quant, but my verbal is poor. I really spent 60-70% of the time so far to improve quant and now need to focus on verbal. From the last GMATPrep mock test, out of 17 incorrect Verbal responses, 5 were for RC, 8 were for SC, 4 were for CR.

I am planning to apply to a school where I need to be around 700 to have a competitive application. What would you recommend? Yesterday, I ordered The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible as I remembered good reviews. However, I am not sure whether there are better ways to move forward. As an example, should I try to work with a private tutor?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Kanar

Hi
Sorry to hear that your Gmat didn't go well.
As per your scores, you need to improve in both Quant and Verbal. Since you have already appeared twice for the Gmat, I would suggest to take a Gmat course, either online or classroom. You can find some online courses which have very good reviews on Gmatclub. I would also suggest to take a free trial first before zeroing in on the course.
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29 Jan 2018, 12:42
kanar wrote:
Hi Guys,

I need some advice how to move forward.

I started my journey with GMAT in September when I signed up for Manhattan online course. I did the Manhattan mock test at the beginning of October scoring 550 (Q33, V32). Then, I started learning 1-2 hours per week day, 3-5 hours per weekend day (15-20 hours per week). My schedule is very tight – full time consulting job, two small kids… life is not easy

I did the first real GMAT exam at the beginning of December scoring 610 (Q42, V32). Yesterday, after two months of studying I took second real test and I scored 580 (Q44, V25). My second GMAT test is very in line with two mock test I took one week and one day before the second real GMAT (I scored 620 and 590 respectively). Funny, that the mock test I took one day before second real GMAT is almost identical (590, Q44, V27).

As you can see, I improved quant, but my verbal is poor. I really spent 60-70% of the time so far to improve quant and now need to focus on verbal. From the last GMATPrep mock test, out of 17 incorrect Verbal responses, 5 were for RC, 8 were for SC, 4 were for CR.

I am planning to apply to a school where I need to be around 700 to have a competitive application. What would you recommend? Yesterday, I ordered The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible as I remembered good reviews. However, I am not sure whether there are better ways to move forward. As an example, should I try to work with a private tutor?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Kanar

Hi

Manhattan GMAT Verbal guides and Aristotle Verbal Guide for CR critical reasoning bible is best book with 300+ pages of comprehensive Data

Learn the concepts tested on GMAT. After learning, practice your learned section with timed practice. You can also take quizzes to meet the pace of GMAT. 1 Month for learning concepts and 15 days of practice, When completed all the concepts learning and handsome practice. Take full lenght CATs, know your estimated score. Analyze the result with Correct/incorrect questions, pacing analysis trace your mistakes and learn from them, make an error log to know your mistakes in the previously attempted questions

Best Mocks

1. Official GMAC (50+50\$)
2. Manhattan GMAT (49\$)
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30 Jan 2018, 07:12
kanar wrote:
Hi Guys,

I need some advice how to move forward.

I started my journey with GMAT in September when I signed up for Manhattan online course. I did the Manhattan mock test at the beginning of October scoring 550 (Q33, V32). Then, I started learning 1-2 hours per week day, 3-5 hours per weekend day (15-20 hours per week). My schedule is very tight – full time consulting job, two small kids… life is not easy

I did the first real GMAT exam at the beginning of December scoring 610 (Q42, V32). Yesterday, after two months of studying I took second real test and I scored 580 (Q44, V25). My second GMAT test is very in line with two mock test I took one week and one day before the second real GMAT (I scored 620 and 590 respectively). Funny, that the mock test I took one day before second real GMAT is almost identical (590, Q44, V27).

As you can see, I improved quant, but my verbal is poor. I really spent 60-70% of the time so far to improve quant and now need to focus on verbal. From the last GMATPrep mock test, out of 17 incorrect Verbal responses, 5 were for RC, 8 were for SC, 4 were for CR.

I am planning to apply to a school where I need to be around 700 to have a competitive application. What would you recommend? Yesterday, I ordered The PowerScore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible as I remembered good reviews. However, I am not sure whether there are better ways to move forward. As an example, should I try to work with a private tutor?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Kanar

Hi kanar,

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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