GMAT Question of the Day - Daily to your Mailbox; hard ones only

 It is currently 13 Nov 2018, 21:10

### GMAT Club Daily Prep

#### Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

## Events & Promotions

###### Events & Promotions in November
PrevNext
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
28293031123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
2526272829301
Open Detailed Calendar
• ### Essential GMAT Time-Management Hacks

November 14, 2018

November 14, 2018

07:00 PM PST

08:00 PM PST

Join the webinar and learn time-management tactics that will guarantee you answer all questions, in all sections, on time. Save your spot today! Nov. 14th at 7 PM PST
• ### \$450 Tuition Credit & Official CAT Packs FREE

November 15, 2018

November 15, 2018

10:00 PM MST

11:00 PM MST

EMPOWERgmat is giving away the complete Official GMAT Exam Pack collection worth \$100 with the 3 Month Pack (\$299)

# Slow But Accurate: How to Maximize the Verbal Score?

Author Message
Manager
Joined: 24 Oct 2016
Posts: 214
GMAT 1: 670 Q46 V36
Slow But Accurate: How to Maximize the Verbal Score?  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2018, 13:07
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.
Attachments

CAT 2 (Part 1).png [ 427.97 KiB | Viewed 282 times ]

CAT 2 (Part 2).png [ 547.46 KiB | Viewed 283 times ]

CAT 4 (Part 1).png [ 479.24 KiB | Viewed 283 times ]

CAT 4 (Part 2).png [ 490.04 KiB | Viewed 283 times ]

_________________

Verb Tenses Simplified

If you found my post useful, KUDOS are much appreciated. Giving Kudos is a great way to thank and motivate contributors, without costing you anything.

EMPOWERgmat Instructor
Status: GMAT Assassin/Co-Founder
Affiliations: EMPOWERgmat
Joined: 19 Dec 2014
Posts: 12852
Location: United States (CA)
GMAT 1: 800 Q51 V49
GRE 1: Q170 V170
Re: Slow But Accurate: How to Maximize the Verbal Score?  [#permalink]

### Show Tags

05 Jul 2018, 19:39
1
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?

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

760+: Learn What GMAT Assassins Do to Score at the Highest Levels
Contact Rich at: Rich.C@empowergmat.com

# Rich Cohen

Co-Founder & GMAT Assassin

Special Offer: Save \$75 + GMAT Club Tests Free
Official GMAT Exam Packs + 70 Pt. Improvement Guarantee
www.empowergmat.com/

*****Select EMPOWERgmat Courses now include ALL 6 Official GMAC CATs!*****

Re: Slow But Accurate: How to Maximize the Verbal Score? &nbs [#permalink] 05 Jul 2018, 19:39
Display posts from previous: Sort by

# Slow But Accurate: How to Maximize the Verbal Score?

Moderator: HKD1710

 Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group | Emoji artwork provided by EmojiOne Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.