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24 Aug 2019, 03:20
Dear GMAT Experts,

Please help me as I am going to take my third attempt at GMAT in a month. Here is the snapshot of my verbal performance in the last two shots:

First Attempt: V-32 (SC: 39%ile, CR: 82 %ile, RC: 83 %ile)
Second Attempt: V- 32 (SC: 73%ile, CR: 65%ile, RC: 41 %ile)

Even after scoring Q-51, because of the Verbal score, I am lagging behind my target GMAT score. To meet the R1 application deadlines, I have to reattempt GMAT in a month. Any kind of expert guidance, feedback, suggestion, help will be too much helpful.

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24 Aug 2019, 15:34
Hi mallicks123,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) On what dates did you take each of your Official GMATs and how did you score on EACH?
2) How long have you studied in total? How many hours do you typically study each week?
3) What study materials have you used so far?
4) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
5) What is your overall goal score?
6) When is your exact Test Date?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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24 Aug 2019, 23:36
EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote:
Hi mallicks123,

Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) On what dates did you take each of your Official GMATs and how did you score on EACH?
2) How long have you studied in total? How many hours do you typically study each week?
3) What study materials have you used so far?
4) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
5) What is your overall goal score?
6) When is your exact Test Date?
7) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich

Thanks for your reply team. Let me try to clarify all of it in details :
Studies:
1) On what dates did you take each of your Official GMATs and how did you score on EACH?
- GMAT 1st Attempt on 19th September 2018 (670). After that due to work pressure, I have to go on a break from study. Re-attempted on 22nd July 2019 (690).
2) How long have you studied in total? How many hours do you typically study each week?
- Ideally 4 hrs on weekdays, 1nd 6-7 hrs on weekends
3) What study materials have you used so far?
- I have been taking classroom coaching and Manhattan books. Official 404 question set and Official GMAT Test
4) On what dates did you take EACH of your CATs/mocks and how did you score on EACH (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
- GMAT Prep1 on 6th May 2019 - Score 690 (Q-50, V-33)
GMAT Prep 2 on 30th May 2019 - Score 740 (Q-50, V- 40)
GMAT Prep 4 on 16th June 2019 - Score 760 (Q- 51, V - 41)
GMAT Prep 3 on 22nd June 2019 - Score 760 (Q- 51, V - 41)
GMAT Prep 5 on July 10 2019 - Score 770 (Q- 51, V - 42)
GMAT Prep on July 20, 2019 - Score 760 (Q- 51, V - 41)

Goals:
5) What is your overall goal score?
- I am satisfied with my GMAT Quant score, I am basically concerned with my verbal performance. Anything with the same Quant 0f 50, but an improved verbal score in range 38-40, would be my target score.
6) When is your exact Test Date? 23rd September can extend it max by one more week. have to complete my test on or before 30th September.

I have also attached screenshots from my ESR. Hope this helps.

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25 Aug 2019, 14:40
Hi mallicks123,

I've sent you a PM with some additional questions.

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26 Aug 2019, 17:46
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Hi mallicks123,

Sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. Based on the verbal score breakdown of your two GMAT attempts, since there is no clear biggest weakness, in order to improve your GMAT score, you likely need to work in all aspects of verbal. Do you want some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills?
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27 Aug 2019, 05:45
ScottTargetTestPrep wrote:
Hi mallicks123,

Sorry to hear how things went with your GMAT. Based on the verbal score breakdown of your two GMAT attempts, since there is no clear biggest weakness, in order to improve your GMAT score, you likely need to work in all aspects of verbal. Do you want some general advice on how to improve your verbal skills?

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27 Aug 2019, 19:08
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Hi,

Thanks & Regards,
Sushmita

When studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, 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.

Sentence Correction 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 likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

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 just 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. Thus, 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 less than two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even 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 clearly refer to nouns? 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 none of those reasons are 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 answers were always the ones 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.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing 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, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to put in the necessary time to see the differences between answers 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. 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 to arrive 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 do differently to extend your streak.

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