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Slow But Accurate: How to Maximize the Verbal Score?

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I was a wondering what's a good strategy to maximize the verbal score of a person who's a slow reader but has a high accuracy? I know some other people like me who have this issue of not being able to complete the test.

I've attached screenshots of 2 Verbal section CATs (CAT 2: V33, CAT 4: V36) from Manhattan Prep. As you'll see, I have high accuracy but I can never finish the test. When the last 2-3 minutes are left, I'm usually >85%ile but I'm left with around 8-13 questions for which I randomly mark D for all in order to complete the test. This pattern has been consistent over various CATs and my practice mock tests (Selected 36 Q in 65 min: 14 RC, 12 SC, 10 CR).

I'm a really slow reader and it takes me 4-6 minutes to read a RC passage followed by 1-2 min/Q.

Some things I've been doing for the last 1 month:
Day 1: 4 RCs
Day 2: Practice mock test (Selected 36 Q in 65 min: 14 RC, 12 SC, 10 CR)
Day 3: 4 RCs
Day 4: Practice mock test (Selected 36 Q in 65 min: 14 RC, 12 SC, 10 CR)
Day 5-6: 4 RCs, Review error logs

I've done all Manhattan Prep guides and E-Gmat's Verbal course so I know most of the stuff except that I am not fast enough to apply them and finish the test.

Q1: Any suggestions on how to improve in the long term (within next 2 months)? I have my official test in 3-4 days so I'm going to do some light studying. I'm at a 650 level but I need to get to 700+ so I'll be taking the test again if needed.

Q2: In short term, any tricks or suggestions for boosting my score such as skipping questions in the middle? I plan on skipping (randomly marking) any long RC in the last 12 minutes since I usually can't concentrate due to time pressure.

I would appreciate your feedback. Thanks in advance! Hopefully this thread can help others as well who might be in the same boat as me.
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Hi dabaobao,

You do NOT need to be a 'fast' reader to score at a high level on the GMAT, but you DO need to be 'efficient' with how you approach each prompt. If you routinely have to 'rush' through 10 (or more) Verbal questions at the end of each section, then it's likely that you're approaching all 3 major question types (RC, SC and CR) in inefficient ways.

With just 3 days before your Official GMAT, you can't reasonably expect to make any major changes to how you tackle the overall test (or the Verbal section in particular) - and you shouldn't try to 'cram' in too much studying in these last few days (a bit of light review and practice is fine, but don't take any CATs). Try to get some extra rest so that you can go into Test Day calm and ready to work. After you've taken the Official GMAT, you should post back with your results and we can discuss how best to proceed.

1) Do you have a similar pacing issue in the Quant section?
2) What 'order' have you been taking the sections on your practice CATs?

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