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# Need help with Verbal section

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14 May 2018, 06:29
Hi!

I need help in how to proceed with my verbal studies, I started studying 4 weeks ago, 3 week ago I did a MGMAT prep exam and scored 640 (Q44, V33), and my weakest area wa SC and CR with a 29% and 40% accuracy respectively in each section and 92% accuracy in RC, therefore, in order to bump my score I decided to focus my studies in SC and CR.

Today I just did another MGMAT prep test and scored 570 (Q38, V30) as for right now I am not concerned with quant I wanted to focus only on verbal first, I didn't even put that much effort in the quant section (I even went to the bathroom quickly while the quant section was running). After studying intensively for 3 weeks verbal (20 hours a week) I only managed to lower 3 points, I have been studying from the MGMAT strategy guides, I only improved marginally in SC and CR (went from 28% to 43% in SC and 40% to 50%) but SC went from 92% to 60%.

My tentative exam date is July 15, I am aiming for a 720+ score, therefore;
• What recommendation would you give me?
• Is it real to improve to 720+ in the next 2 months?
• Should I focus the next few weeks in verbal and then quant or should I start studying both section at the same time?

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14 May 2018, 10:36
Hi Martin,

There's enough of a difference between a 640 and a 570 that we really need to better define your current 'ability level.' As such, I strongly recommend that you take one of the Official GMAT CATs and take it in a realistic fashion (take the FULL CAT - with the Essay and IR sections, take it away from your home, at the same time of day as when you'll take the Official GMAT, etc.). Once you have that score, you should report back and we can discuss how best to proceed.

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28 May 2018, 07:24
MRE2510 wrote:
Hi!

I need help in how to proceed with my verbal studies, I started studying 4 weeks ago, 3 week ago I did a MGMAT prep exam and scored 640 (Q44, V33), and my weakest area wa SC and CR with a 29% and 40% accuracy respectively in each section and 92% accuracy in RC, therefore, in order to bump my score I decided to focus my studies in SC and CR.

Today I just did another MGMAT prep test and scored 570 (Q38, V30) as for right now I am not concerned with quant I wanted to focus only on verbal first, I didn't even put that much effort in the quant section (I even went to the bathroom quickly while the quant section was running). After studying intensively for 3 weeks verbal (20 hours a week) I only managed to lower 3 points, I have been studying from the MGMAT strategy guides, I only improved marginally in SC and CR (went from 28% to 43% in SC and 40% to 50%) but SC went from 92% to 60%.

My tentative exam date is July 15, I am aiming for a 720+ score, therefore;
• What recommendation would you give me?
• Is it real to improve to 720+ in the next 2 months?
• Should I focus the next few weeks in verbal and then quant or should I start studying both section at the same time?

Martin

Hi

Best Books for Verbal

For Concept Learning

For CR: The Powerscore GMAT Critical Reasoning Bible
For SC: Manhattan SC Guide

For Practice

The Official Guide for GMAT 2015-18
The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2015-18

Start first with Sentence correction. One month for learning concepts and one month for practicing questions. During you Practicing question don't forget to make an error log to track your weak areas after practice. Once you know your weak areas revise your Concepts related to those areas and do some more Practice. 6-8 CATs are enough for practice the real tests.

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28 May 2018, 09:56
MRE2510 wrote:
Hi!

I need help in how to proceed with my verbal studies, I started studying 4 weeks ago, 3 week ago I did a MGMAT prep exam and scored 640 (Q44, V33), and my weakest area wa SC and CR with a 29% and 40% accuracy respectively in each section and 92% accuracy in RC, therefore, in order to bump my score I decided to focus my studies in SC and CR.

Today I just did another MGMAT prep test and scored 570 (Q38, V30) as for right now I am not concerned with quant I wanted to focus only on verbal first, I didn't even put that much effort in the quant section (I even went to the bathroom quickly while the quant section was running). After studying intensively for 3 weeks verbal (20 hours a week) I only managed to lower 3 points, I have been studying from the MGMAT strategy guides, I only improved marginally in SC and CR (went from 28% to 43% in SC and 40% to 50%) but SC went from 92% to 60%.

My tentative exam date is July 15, I am aiming for a 720+ score, therefore;
• What recommendation would you give me?
• Is it real to improve to 720+ in the next 2 months?
• Should I focus the next few weeks in verbal and then quant or should I start studying both section at the same time?

Martin

Hi MRE2510,

For verbal especially for CR and SC, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

Hope this helps. All the best.
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31 May 2018, 00:02
MRE2510 wrote:
I need help in how to proceed with my verbal studies, I started studying 4 weeks ago, 3 week ago I did a MGMAT prep exam and scored 640 (Q44, V33)

Hi Martin, just wanted to highlight that V33 is 69th percentile, while Q44 is 52nd percentile. So, relatively speaking, your performance in Verbal was better than that in Quant.

So, I would suggest you should focus on both Quant and Verbal, to realize your target score.
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31 May 2018, 10:42
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In the beginning, we recommend studying verbal and quant separately.

Then, once you are you seeing results, then start studying them together.

During your SC studies, we encourage you to follow along expert video explanations to guide you in your thought process.

http://www.gmatpill.com
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