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# How to improve your verbal score

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Hi Sayantan,

I sometimes get kind of "Messy" during LONG-RCs< especially if the passage is on Geography or Chemistry >.
Also,I somehow get lost while reading some Details described for a process in the passage< can be anything >.
Any tips to address this would be highly appreciated

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Abhishek Sinha

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Updated the post with some additional tips on CR and RC sections.
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Hi Sayantan,

I sometimes get kind of "Messy" during LONG-RCs< especially if the passage is on Geography or Chemistry >.
Also,I somehow get lost while reading some Details described for a process in the passage< can be anything >.
Any tips to address this would be highly appreciated

Regards,
Abhishek Sinha

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Updated the post with some additional tips on CR and RC sections.

For me RC was the most difficult section to improve, and no tips worked. I just kept practicing, almost with a zen-like indifference - practice because you are supposed to practice: no deviations whatsoever.
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To throw in my 2 RC cents:

A.) Passage: The turning point of my RC score has been to understand how important it is to mentally stop reading after every 2-3 sentences. I can highly recommend to actually stop reading for 2-3 seconds and try to summarize in very simple terms what you just read and try to pre-think where the passage might go next. This habit alone will automatically push your attention level to the max. The necessary speed comes with practice.

B.) Answers: Be very well aware that the real enemy in RC is not your lack of understanding the passage, instead the little twists and turns in the answers are what will kill your score (you can disagree...). Learn to really eliminate each answer not only on a sentence level but on a word by word level. Even the last single letter of one specific word can make the answer incorrect. And it will not help you if all the other words are 100% in line with questions and passage.

Those two key points helped me to answer all RC questions correct in my last attempt (acc. to the ESR in an avg. of 2:03 min. per question - believe me I was surprised...). However, since I have many weak spots in other sections I am still hanging around here...

Keep A and B in mind - practice, practice, practice and you should see improvements pretty soon. Good Luck!
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This thread has some of the most well thought out and well-constructed advice I have seen. Well done. Too often people focus just on the subject matter of GMAT preparation and not on habit forming. Much of where you get in the GMAT is determined by the grit you have in breaking through your old mental habits and forming the ones needed for the exam.

When I prepared for the Verbal section I tried to make my practice as 'formulaic' as possible because it is easier to practice when there is structure in place. For SC for example, I created a mental checklist of 4 things to check for in EVERY problem I saw:

1. Parallel Structure
2. Pronoun & Antecedent Agreement
3. Placement of Modifiers
4. Subject - Verb Agreeement

Then I studied each specifically in depth while building the consistent habit of scanning for these 4 things in each sentence correction question. In the end, after enough repetition, it becomes muscle memory. You can do it.

I have an open (Free) pdf here along with links to the sites I used to prepare: https://mindovergmat.com/courses/verbal-mastery/lectures/4864930

Sorry for the external link, it is easier for me than reformatting the whole thing. DM me if you want access to my broader courses.
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Finding an idiom list relevant for GMAT SC, understanding the way INFERENCE questions work on RC, and pattern recognizing incorrect answer choices on CR may be helpful.

How to get a V40 or higher on the GMAT? What about a V51?
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