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Hello,

I need some advice on improving my Verbal score. I have been consistently scoring V34 in the mocks I've been taking. Now, before I present my results, I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking my GMAT on 7th October, so I'm extremely short on time. I understand that at this point, I won't be going to a V45 but I just want to ensure that I'm doing everything I can and I want to know if there's anything better I can do.

1) GMAT Prep 1 - 700 (Q49 V35)
2) Veritas 1 - 670 (Q48 V34)
3) MGMAT 1 - 640 (Q43 V34) (Some unexpected factors affected my Quant score)
4) Veritas 2 - 680 (Q50 V33)

My error log shows that my weak sections are RC and CR. SC is relatively strong with only 2-3 mistakes (rarely 4).
My current strategy for RC is to read and understand the entire passage (skimming didn't do it for me) and most of my RC mistakes are due to a poor understanding of the passage (too dense too little time so I tend to rush) and timing issues.
For CR, I try to pre-think as much as I can. But I haven't been able to put my finger on what makes me pick the wrong answer.

I haven't studied from any of the guides so I'm possibly missing out on a bunch of tips and tricks. I've only used the OG and the free resources on the Internet. I did check out the post 'How to Improve Verbal from V30 to V40' but it didn't help as much.

I would at the very least like to reach V40. Feel free to tell me if I'm aiming too high. Thank you :)
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Sanjana0202 wrote:

I need some advice on improving my Verbal score. I have been consistently scoring V34 in the mocks I've been taking. Now, before I present my results, I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking my GMAT on 7th October, so I'm extremely short on time. I understand that at this point, I won't be going to a V45 but I just want to ensure that I'm doing everything I can and I want to know if there's anything better I can do.

1) GMAT Prep 1 - 700 (Q49 V35)
2) Veritas 1 - 670 (Q48 V34)
3) MGMAT 1 - 640 (Q43 V34) (Some unexpected factors affected my Quant score)
4) Veritas 2 - 680 (Q50 V33)

My error log shows that my weak sections are RC and CR. SC is relatively strong with only 2-3 mistakes (rarely 4).
My current strategy for RC is to read and understand the entire passage (skimming didn't do it for me) and most of my RC mistakes are due to a poor understanding of the passage (too dense too little time so I tend to rush) and timing issues.
For CR, I try to pre-think as much as I can. But I haven't been able to put my finger on what makes me pick the wrong answer.

I haven't studied from any of the guides so I'm possibly missing out on a bunch of tips and tricks. I've only used the OG and the free resources on the Internet. I did check out the post 'How to Improve Verbal from V30 to V40' but it didn't help as much.


Firstly, please do not rely on so-called "tricks". They are misleading and will likely cause harm on test day. There is no shortcut to conceptual understanding.

For RC: Do untimed reading of passages. Analyze the typical questions that are asked in RC. e.g., conclusion, argument type, weaken/strengthen, etc. Come up with your own answers to these questions. Do not look at questions and their answers before fully understanding the main points of the passage. Pay attention to changes in argument and how they relate to other parts of the passage.

Follow similar process for CR.

Spending time understanding passages will pay off when answering the questions. The answer choices may cause confusion if the testtaker jumps into the questions without proper preparation.

Again, please avoid "tricks". Most of them are either bogus or will only work in some special cases.

Pay attention to only the official materials and tests. Use thrird-party resources selectively to assist your learning.

Good luck and please post a debrief regardless of the score. You can always reattempt.
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Sanjana0202 wrote:
Hello,

I need some advice on improving my Verbal score. I have been consistently scoring V34 in the mocks I've been taking. Now, before I present my results, I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking my GMAT on 7th October, so I'm extremely short on time. I understand that at this point, I won't be going to a V45 but I just want to ensure that I'm doing everything I can and I want to know if there's anything better I can do.

1) GMAT Prep 1 - 700 (Q49 V35)
2) Veritas 1 - 670 (Q48 V34)
3) MGMAT 1 - 640 (Q43 V34) (Some unexpected factors affected my Quant score)
4) Veritas 2 - 680 (Q50 V33)

My error log shows that my weak sections are RC and CR. SC is relatively strong with only 2-3 mistakes (rarely 4).
My current strategy for RC is to read and understand the entire passage (skimming didn't do it for me) and most of my RC mistakes are due to a poor understanding of the passage (too dense too little time so I tend to rush) and timing issues.
For CR, I try to pre-think as much as I can. But I haven't been able to put my finger on what makes me pick the wrong answer.

I haven't studied from any of the guides so I'm possibly missing out on a bunch of tips and tricks. I've only used the OG and the free resources on the Internet. I did check out the post 'How to Improve Verbal from V30 to V40' but it didn't help as much.

I would at the very least like to reach V40. Feel free to tell me if I'm aiming too high. Thank you :)



You may consider watching "Thursday with RON" for RC. He has made seven videos on RC. he showed beautifully how to read long and technical passages.
do you know why GMAT exam test RC? it's not because they want you to understand everything, its because they want to test your ability of "not to get into details but still got the main point" . SO watch his videos. I personally find them helpful.
good luck.
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Read understand entire passage at a goal? Geez! that’s not what Gmat expect of you. You have to be smart I second Rashedvai ,Kindly go to YouTube and download Thursday’s with Ron watch the RC and CR videos Infact watch his SC videos too though you strong in it Those videos are gold
Sanjana0202 wrote:
Hello,

I need some advice on improving my Verbal score. I have been consistently scoring V34 in the mocks I've been taking. Now, before I present my results, I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking my GMAT on 7th October, so I'm extremely short on time. I understand that at this point, I won't be going to a V45 but I just want to ensure that I'm doing everything I can and I want to know if there's anything better I can do.

1) GMAT Prep 1 - 700 (Q49 V35)
2) Veritas 1 - 670 (Q48 V34)
3) MGMAT 1 - 640 (Q43 V34) (Some unexpected factors affected my Quant score)
4) Veritas 2 - 680 (Q50 V33)

My error log shows that my weak sections are RC and CR. SC is relatively strong with only 2-3 mistakes (rarely 4).
My current strategy for RC is to read and understand the entire passage (skimming didn't do it for me) and most of my RC mistakes are due to a poor understanding of the passage (too dense too little time so I tend to rush) and timing issues.
For CR, I try to pre-think as much as I can. But I haven't been able to put my finger on what makes me pick the wrong answer.

I haven't studied from any of the guides so I'm possibly missing out on a bunch of tips and tricks. I've only used the OG and the free resources on the Internet. I did check out the post 'How to Improve Verbal from V30 to V40' but it didn't help as much.

I would at the very least like to reach V40. Feel free to tell me if I'm aiming too high. Thank you :)


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Hi Sanjana0202,

Since RC and CR seem to be your weak areas in verbal, here is some advice you can follow to improve your RC and CR skills.

To improve in Critical Reasoning, you first need to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each question type, do focused practice so you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific 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.

A major mistake that people make when training for CR, and for GMAT verbal in general, is that they do practice questions too fast. To get Critical Reasoning questions correct, you have to see exactly what's going on in the passages and answer choices, and it's likely that you won't learn to do so by spending a few minutes on each question. At this stage of your training, you may need to spend as many as 15 minutes on each question, learning to see what there is to see. Here is a way to look at this process: If you get a new job in a field in which you are not experienced, you may not be as fast as the other people working with you, but you know you have a job to do and you make sure you learn all the angles, so that you do the job well, if not as quickly as those around you. Rushing through the job and doing it incorrectly would not make sense. Then, as you gain more experience, you learn to do the same job more quickly. Think of Critical Reasoning questions similarly. Your job is to do what? To get through questions quickly? Not really. Your job is to get correct answers.

So, first you have to learn to get correct answers, generally at least 10 to 15 in a row consistently, and more in a row would be better. Doing so is your job, and if it takes you fifteen minutes per question to get correct answers consistently, then so be it. Only after you have learned to get correct answers consistently can you work on speeding up. Working quickly but not doing your job is useless. Better to work slowly and learn to do your job well. You can be sure that with experience, you will learn to speed up, and then you will still be doing your job well, i.e., getting correct answers consistently.

Finally, a key aspect of getting correct answers to Critical Reasoning questions is noticing the key differences between trap choices and correct answers. Trap choices can sound temptingly correct but don't get the job done. The logic of what a trap choice says simply doesn't fit what the question is asking you to find. So, to get better at your job, learn to see the key differences between trap choices and correct answers.

To improve in Reading Comprehension, you need to focus on understanding what you are reading. When you incorrectly answer Reading Comprehension questions, it’s partly because you didn’t truly understand what you read, right? Thus, you likely have to slow down in order to (eventually) speed up. At this point, your best bet is to focus on getting the correct answers to questions, taking as much time as you need to see key details and understand the logic of what you are reading. You have to learn to comprehend what you read, keep it all straight, and use what you are reading to arrive at correct answers. If you don't understand something, go back and read it one sentence at a time, even one word at a time, not moving on until you understand what you have just read. There is no way around this work. Your goal should be to take all the time you need to understand exactly what is being said and arrive at the correct answer. If you can learn to get answers taking your time, you can learn to speed up. Answering questions is like any task: The more times you do it carefully and successfully, the faster you become at doing it carefully and successfully.

Another component of understanding what you are reading is being “present” when reading. Don’t worry about how things are going at work, or what you will eat for dinner, or even how long you are taking to read through the passage. Just focus on what is in front of you, word by word, line by line. Furthermore, try to make reading fun. For example, even if you are reading about a topic that bores you, pretend that you are the person making the argument. By doing so, you will make the passage more relatable to YOU, and ultimately you should be able to read with greater focus.

One final component of Reading Comprehension that may be tripping you up is that RC questions contain one or more trap answers that seem to answer the question but don't really. So, a key part of training to correctly answer RC questions is learning to notice the differences between trap answers and correct answers. You have to learn to see how trap answers seem to follow from what the passages say, but don't really, while correct answers fit what the passages say exactly.

Lastly, you may find it helpful to read this article about [url=(https://blog.targettestprep.com/how-to- ... 0-on-gmat/]how to score a 700+ on the GMAT[/url].

If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out.
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ScottTargetTestPrep,

Thank you so much for your detailed and helpful response. I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to answer my question. I'll be sure to implement the strategies you mentioned during my prep. I'm confident it'll improve my score as I completely agree with what you have suggested. Hopefully, I'll be posting a debrief (a happy one) soon. Once again, thank you.
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That's an excellent advice. I personally have seen every Thursday with Ron episode for SC and now I can confidently say that I can solve any SC.

For indians, time invested in reading and getting the meaning of RC is slightly more than time for native speakers. The time saved in solving sc questions has been a big help


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Sanjana0202 wrote:
Hello,

I need some advice on improving my Verbal score. I have been consistently scoring V34 in the mocks I've been taking. Now, before I present my results, I wanted to let you know that I'll be taking my GMAT on 7th October, so I'm extremely short on time. I understand that at this point, I won't be going to a V45 but I just want to ensure that I'm doing everything I can and I want to know if there's anything better I can do.

1) GMAT Prep 1 - 700 (Q49 V35)
2) Veritas 1 - 670 (Q48 V34)
3) MGMAT 1 - 640 (Q43 V34) (Some unexpected factors affected my Quant score)
4) Veritas 2 - 680 (Q50 V33)

My error log shows that my weak sections are RC and CR. SC is relatively strong with only 2-3 mistakes (rarely 4).
My current strategy for RC is to read and understand the entire passage (skimming didn't do it for me) and most of my RC mistakes are due to a poor understanding of the passage (too dense too little time so I tend to rush) and timing issues.
For CR, I try to pre-think as much as I can. But I haven't been able to put my finger on what makes me pick the wrong answer.

I haven't studied from any of the guides so I'm possibly missing out on a bunch of tips and tricks. I've only used the OG and the free resources on the Internet. I did check out the post 'How to Improve Verbal from V30 to V40' but it didn't help as much.

I would at the very least like to reach V40. Feel free to tell me if I'm aiming too high. Thank you :)



You may consider watching "Thursday with RON" for RC. He has made seven videos on RC. he showed beautifully how to read long and technical passages.
do you know why GMAT exam test RC? it's not because they want you to understand everything, its because they want to test your ability of "not to get into details but still got the main point" . SO watch his videos. I personally find them helpful.
good luck.


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Sanjana0202 wrote:
ScottTargetTestPrep,

Thank you so much for your detailed and helpful response. I really appreciate you taking the time and effort to answer my question. I'll be sure to implement the strategies you mentioned during my prep. I'm confident it'll improve my score as I completely agree with what you have suggested. Hopefully, I'll be posting a debrief (a happy one) soon. Once again, thank you.


My pleasure!!
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