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Request to Evaluate my ESR (Verbal)

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Hello Experts !

I took GMAT a week before and scored 640 (V28, Q49, IR4) and have planned for a retake at around 20th October, two months from today.
My scores in GMATPrep were 700,680,700,690,660 and 640 with Quant fairly consistent at Q49~Q50, while the Verbal score lingered around V30 (V27 the least and V35 the best).
So, i had a good idea even before attempting the test that verbal was my Achilles heel.
But this time i am determined to make it my strength V40, for which i request your assistance.

I am having a hard time deducing my ESR report, specially Verbal. The number of question i got in each of the sections were
RC - 13 (3,3,4,3) 4 Passages in that order
SC - 14
CR - 9 [A total of 4 Inference, assumption and Weaken; and at-least 5 Evaluate questions (these questions really killed me)]

Can you please help me understand the content of my ESR ?
I believe, $30 is way too much for such a cryptic report. (or maybe that's why i scored so badly in CR) :dazed

1. I am looking for strategy which i should adapt ?
2. Topics on which i have to focus more ?
3. I believe i am good (RC), but is the ESR telling a different story ?
4. How many questions i got wrong in each of the 4 quarters ?
5. What topics are covered under ANALYSIS/CRITIQUE in CR ?

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Hi lukachiri,

Welcome to gmatclub!

20th September is less than a month from now. And it is quite difficult to V40, especially in less than a month. You can see different scenarios here:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmat-prep-so ... 46146.html

Here is the link to the ESR thread: Information on NEW GMAT ESR REPORT

You have to improve each verbal section to get a high score. Many people find SC to be the easiest section to improve, then CR.

Hope this helps!
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Hi lukachiri,

I'll be happy to analyze your ESR for you; you can either post it in this thread or PM (or email) it to me. Beyond that, I'd like to know a bit more on how you've been studying and your goals:

1) What study materials have you used so far?
2) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
3) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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The ESR is very general in nature, and thus it is not a great tool to learn from. Nonetheless, it can help you answer some basic questions such as:
In which topics my performance was far better than others, and which require an in-depth revision? This is mostly important if you only have very short time to prepare for your next test, and would like to focus on just a few specific topics.
Are there certain specific areas in which I’m wasting too much time, and if so - in which other areas should I use extra time? For example, if Reading Comprehension takes you too long, but a few extra minutes would give you a lot more additional correct answers on Critical Reasoning, your test strategy should be to skip some RC questions in order to gain more CR correct answers.
Which kind of skills should I improve? Note that the ESR gives you quite vague understanding of what these skills are, but an extremely low performance on grammar-oriented questions or in CR inferring-an-idea questions is a great indicator of where you should start your preparation.

In order to give you more personal advice, I would need to go over your full ESR and have a better understanding of who you are:
How many times have you taken the GMAT?
How much time do you have to prepare for your next test?
Are you a native English speaker or not?

Please attach your ESR in a pm, and I’d be happy to analyze it for you.

lukachiri wrote:
Hello Experts !

I took GMAT a week before and scored 640 (V28, Q49, IR4) and have planned for a retake at around 20th October, two months from today.
My scores in GMATPrep were 700,680,700,690,660 and 640 with Quant fairly consistent at Q49~Q50, while the Verbal score lingered around V30 (V27 the least and V35 the best).
So, i had a good idea even before attempting the test that verbal was my Achilles heel.
But this time i am determined to make it my strength V40, for which i request your assistance.

I am having a hard time deducing my ESR report, specially Verbal. The number of question i got in each of the sections were
RC - 13 (3,3,4,3) 4 Passages in that order
SC - 14
CR - 9 [A total of 4 Inference, assumption and Weaken; and at-least 5 Evaluate questions (these questions really killed me)]

Can you please help me understand the content of my ESR ?
I believe, $30 is way too much for such a cryptic report. (or maybe that's why i scored so badly in CR) :dazed

1. I am looking for strategy which i should adapt ?
2. Topics on which i have to focus more ?
3. I believe i am good (RC), but is the ESR telling a different story ?
4. How many questions i got wrong in each of the 4 quarters ?
5. What topics are covered under ANALYSIS/CRITIQUE in CR ?

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Hi Lukachiri,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. The good news is that you have an awesome quant score, and your verbal score was only 1 point lower than where you score had been lingering on your practice exams. That being said, since you are currently 12 points away from your score goal, unfortunately analyzing your ESR will be of little value because you need a fairly large score improvement. Furthermore, since you've been prepping for the GMAT for what appears to be some time and have not been able to significantly improve your verbal score, you really need to look at HOW you’ve been preparing, and potentially make some changes.

Moving forward, you will want to follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build GMAT mastery of one topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts. For example, let’s say you’re studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn about each Critical Reasoning question type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type of question. If, for example, you get a weakening question wrong, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and instead focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and thereby comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of Reading Comprehension questions with which you struggle: find the main idea, inference, author’s tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect Reading Comprehension answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be easy to read. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

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 reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely 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 under 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 those reasons are not 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 answer were always the one 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 in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences 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. For instance, 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 that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order 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 have done differently that would have extended 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 Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

In order to follow the path described above, you may need some new verbal resources, so take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the top verbal] verbal courses.

You also may find my article about
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any further questions.

Good luck!
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