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28 Mar 2007, 20:49
Hi all,

Gave my Gmat on the 26th of March with about a month of preparation
Score : 660 (q47/v34)

Gmatclub math forum was of great help and would like to thank each one of you for your active involvement !
It helped me jump from consistent scores of 40-45 to lates 40s with ease.

However, my weak point seems to be the Verbal section - especially the SCs

Heres the prep I did -

OG11
Princeton
Kaplan Verbal work book
Kaplan tests

I am planning to give another shot at Gmat sometime in the next 2-3 months in an attempt to break into the 700s

I need advice/suggestions from you guys on ways to improve my score in the verbal section of the Gmat - I badly want my verbal scores up there in the 40s

What is the most effective way to prepare for Verbal ? Materials ?
Any help/suggestions will be highly appreciated !

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28 Mar 2007, 21:53
I recommend Manhattan SC.

Practice more SC probs using 1000 SC.

There is also 1000 CR (and RC??)

As for RC, I guess you just have to read read read to try to understand the passage as a whole and the author's intention/purpose.

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29 Mar 2007, 07:40
To move verbal score into 40s, you can follow thisâ€¦

1) Analyze the reason for below 40 score. Is there a weak area (like you mentioned SC) or you feel low energy/concentration by the time you reach verbal section after completing AWA and quant section. One way to identify this will be to practice 20 SC questions (in 25 minutes) at a time from 1000 series. Your verbal is weak if you have more than 3 wrong (out of 20) in SC. Similar tests you can do for CR and RC.

2) If SC is weak, best source to learn concepts, as mentioned by Kevin, is Manhattan SC book. For practice, OG 11 and 1000 series are the best source. Explanations in OG 11 are very good and you will learn many good concepts from them.

3) For CR, I found 1000 series as the best source for practice.

4) For maintaining energy/concentration level, you will have to find what works best for you. Select the food which you need to take during breaks to maintain right glucose level (for maximum brain activity) throughout exam duration. Similarly have a strategy for getting good night sleep on the night before exam. I read in other forums that some people take Nyquil to have good night sleep before exam. So you can find what works best for you.

Apart from that, I will say that try to move your score in quant also to 50-51 range. Try to solve all questions posted on Math thread and that WILL help you move into 700+ region.

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29 Mar 2007, 12:21
Practice different strategies with RC, and see which one works best for you. Some people skim read, some get engrossed, some take notes etc.

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30 Mar 2007, 11:58
Hi guys, thanks a lot for your inputs !

My weakness as I figured out is mainly the SC portion of the verbal section
Guess, I'l first start off with some basic grammar book and then move on to Manhattan SC and finally into the 1000s series for practice.

Regarding the energy level, well yes .. interesting inputs, il keep them in mind.

Trying to increase the math score was a valuable suggestion, defn a score in the 50s wont hurt

Again thank you guys !!

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