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Dear Sir/Madam,

I am looking for assistance and some serious help. I think there is a fundamental flaw in the way I approach verbal section. Coming from a technological back-ground I have no issue at all with the Quantitative section, even with some goofs up and some silly experiments (To test the scoring algorithm in two CATs and actual Exam) I have always managed score above 40. My verbal part is really poor; I never have crossed 30 even in any of the two Manhattan CATs that I have finished so far. I am consistently scoring between 22 to 25 mark.

Study Material: Cover each and every page of all the available Manhattan guides for both Quantitative and Verbal section (Including their foundation course guides as well). For practice I have used Official Guide 12, 13, & 14. For sentence correction one additional book from Aristotle. For critical reasoning I have mostly rely on PowerScore bible book.

My target score is in 700+ range so that it will open doors of all the top 10 B schools.

If most of the good candidates across the globe are able to cross 40 level mark in Verbal section, then it is definitely achievable.

My approach: First I have covered all the study materials. While studying I have made notes from each of the book. As I am working 9 hours a day in my current job, it took me sometime to finish all the books. After finishing study material ,I started with OG-13 and on one Saturday I have covered all the Critical reasoning questions, next day all Quantitative section questions ,then next two evenings all Sentence correction questions and finally on next Saturday and Sunday all reading comprehension passages and their respective questions. I made note of all the questions which I answered wrongly in my 1st attempt for sentence correction, critical reasoning, and quantitative sections. I struggled mainly in 2 of the OG-13 passages and 8 to 9 questions in total from different passages.

Then I took 1st free CAT of Manhattan, result Quantitative 45 and Verbal 22. My reading comprehension was poor as I skimmed most of it, as my focus on this free test is to test my timing. I have 22 wrongs out of 41. Those 22 wrongs also include sentence correction and critical reasoning questions.

Then I picked 6 different RC passages from different OG sources which I have not covered (Old OG guides, covering all the difficulty level, short, medium and long). I made small script and timed (8 minutes for short passages, 9 minutes for medium and 12 minutes for long passage) those so that I get mixture of medium, short and long passages. My success rate was 90% for all the 6 passages, each having at least 4 questions to answer.

While working on sentence correction problem from OG-13, I found out, even though rules are clear to me, it did not come out nicely from my mind, means I was not able to apply those rules to actual problem. So I referred another sentence correction book from Aristotle.

After working on weakness I took my first actual Manhattan CAT and my score is Quantitative 42 and Verbal 25.Again in Verbal 23 wrong answers.

Then I thought I need more practice ,so I took 2 weeks off and covered OG-15, OG-12 for all verbal part question accept RC passages and next 1 week I have just revised all my notes + all the problems which I answered wrongly on my 1st attempt. After studying for 8 hours a day, on Friday I took my actual GMAT exam (1st attempt).

My feeling was if I have covered all the OGs problems definitely my verbal will improve ,so I took the date of my GMAT exam and just after 2 Manhattan CATs without even testing how good I am on two available practice tests from GMAC, I appeared in GMAT exam, and end up with Quantitative 44 and Verbal 25.

Actual GMAT quantitative questions were tougher compare to what I found in 2 CATs, also my score dropped as I have put 17 minutes to solve 3 very tough quantitative questions. To manage the time, I just blindly select options for 7 quantitative questions b/w question number 18 to 31 smartly so that my score should not drop below 40.

Verbal score shows that there is a fundamental flaw in the way I approach or answer verbal section questions. Now problem is, I have solved OG-12, OG-13 and OG-15 verbal sections completely, what else I can practice for my 2nd GMAT attempt. How much preparation & time is required for me to master verbal section and to secure a decent 40+ score. What should be my new approach for the verbal part.

Thanks in advance for your help.

With Sincere Regards
Deepika

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New post 21 Mar 2016, 20:03
One important thing with GMAT preparation is to learn as much as you can from every question you use in preparation. It is true that it is also important to be using new questions in your preparation. However, it seems as if you have not absorbed all the lessons on offer from the questions you have considered. I would suggest making some notes on why you are making errors. Assemble a list of rules in sentence correction, for example. You can refer to this list just before the exam to commit all necessary rules to memory.
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