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How to stabilise my Verbal Score? ( Ranging from V27 to V45 )

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Hello

I have been struggling to stabilize my verbal score from last two months.

My verbal score has ranged from V27 to V45 in the several tests I took.

On GMAT Prep tests, I have scored V30, V35 , V40 and V42

On Gmat Club Verbal tests, I have scored V30 , V30 , V38 , V27 , V45.

Today I took the GMAT Prep 4 and I got V31.

Because of such a wide ranging verbal score, my overall score ranges from 680 to 750. Unfortunately in my last official GMAT exam it was just V30 and I ended up scoring overall score of 680
Please suggest me how can I stabilize my verbal score and hence increase my chances of scoring 750.

My exam is due in less than 10 days. For sure, I remember all the concepts and I even know their applications. Still I'm not able to perform consistently in verbal section.

All the suggestions and tips are warmly welcomed.

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Hi ayushman1103,

You must review all your tests in detail to identify patterns or topics where you falter. Is it simply because of lack of focus or there are bigger concerns. Once you identify the pattern and problems, make sure you improve upon them. If you are not able to detect any pattern I would recommend that you follow the below mentioned steps since you have very few days till your exam –
    1. Identify topic level preparedness using Ability Quizzes in Scholaranium
    2. Isolate the topics in which you are relatively weak
    3. Improve upon those topics

All the best!

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New post 08 Aug 2018, 01:07
Thanks a lot Aditee for he needful guidance.

I'll definitely follow up on my weak areas.

In particular, I've noticed that whenever the Humanities based RC passage came in my verbal test, my score went down.

I'll practise more such passages and reduce the chances of faltering.

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Hi ayushman1103,

I’m glad you reached out and I’m happy to help. Given that you scored V30, and 680 overall, on your latest practice GMAT, you aren’t likely to score 750 in just 10 days. Are you able to take your GMAT at a later date?

Although you have managed to score as high as V42, and 750 overall, you appear to have not mastered GMAT verbal prior to taking practice exams. GMAT practice tests are tools designed to help gauge your current GMAT skills, not improve your GMAT score. Sure, each test provides a general overview of your strengths and weaknesses, but taking tests won’t help you improve those weaknesses. As you’ve seen, taking test after test without true GMAT mastery leads to inconsistent scores and no improvement in your GMAT skills.

So, assuming that you can take your GMAT at a later date, you will to need to adjust your study routine such that it allows for linear learning, i.e., building GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. For example, let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: strengthen the argument, weaken the argument, resolve the paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can track your knowledge in the topic. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly. Follow a similar process for Reading Comprehension.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved likely is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects. Let's discuss each of those aspects and how you can work on them.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not really a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Often, your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions: what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even, say, ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

The third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct is what you have to do. The main thing that you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. For instance, are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off, and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently that would have resulted in your extending your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regiments, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you will then want to practice with Sentence Correction questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

You also may find my article with more information about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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