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Scored 710 (Q49, V38) but trying to move up to 760. Any advice?

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Took my exam this past Friday (didn't realize it was Friday the 13th) and scored a 710 (Q49, V38) with an IR6. Already scheduled my retake for March 17th though as I am really trying to boost my score as high as possible.

I scored in the mid 700 range a few times on GMATPrep exams (2 760, 1 @ 750) and a Veritas Prep exam (1 @ 740), but had a lot of anxiety on test day after I struggled on the first few IR questions. All of my previous CATs were taken at my normal exam time and I made sure to take the full 4 hour exam.

Any advice on how to best prepare mentally for the exam? I have a few more weeks where I am going to make sure I stay fresh on all of the material and definitely get my verbal as high as possible.

Anybody have any good recommendations for 700+ level verbal questions? I am starting to make my way through the GMAT Club tests which are brutal but really just need anything that will help me get above V41 in a month.

Thanks for all of the help!
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Took my exam this past Friday (didn't realize it was Friday the 13th) and scored a 710 (Q49, V38) with an IR6. Already scheduled my retake for March 17th though as I am really trying to boost my score as high as possible.

I scored in the mid 700 range a few times on GMATPrep exams (2 760, 1 @ 750) and a Veritas Prep exam (1 @ 740), but had a lot of anxiety on test day after I struggled on the first few IR questions. All of my previous CATs were taken at my normal exam time and I made sure to take the full 4 hour exam.

Any advice on how to best prepare mentally for the exam? I have a few more weeks where I am going to make sure I stay fresh on all of the material and definitely get my verbal as high as possible.

Anybody have any good recommendations for 700+ level verbal questions? I am starting to make my way through the GMAT Club tests which are brutal but really just need anything that will help me get above V41 in a month.

Thanks for all of the help!


Hey,

I just took my GMAT for the second time on Saturday and scored a 760 (49Q, 45V) and found the verbal part to be incredibly easy. I would say that what you need to do is make sure that:

1) You don't freak out on test day. Understand that most individuals take the test roughly three times before being admitted into an elite business school. Take your chances and then take those chances more than once. I went from a 680 on my first try to a 760 on my second try a month later.

2) Make sure that you challenge yourself by reading complicated and well-written essays/magazines/books. You need to get a "sixth sense" feel for a lot of the verbal problems.

3) Use certain providers that are better than others at teaching the verbal side. I personally found Kaplan and GMATPill to be great at the verbal section while I found the Kaplan material to lack substantially in quant. But, from your score, quant isn't a big deal.

Just keep at it, study hard, and don't give up. Also, don't freak out. I know it's harder said than done but I am convinced that freaking out during the first attempt was why I didn't get a 760 the first time. Get a good night's rest, eat well, wake up early the day-of, and make sure to keep the exam in perspective.
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First of all, congrats on the great score! I hope to have the same success as you did.

Second, thanks for posting back! Appreciate your input and perspective on this. I definitely began to freak out a little after I had 3 brutal IR problems in a row. Have to make sure to keep that in check next time around.

Are there any sources you particularly liked for reading? Would love to know what you read leading up to the exam.

What particularly did you use from Kaplan and GMATPill for IR? Would you recommend it for a 1-month IR boost? I took a class with Veritas and have the Powerscore CR Bible and MGMAT SC book which I both thought were great. I think the main reason my score was a bit lower than expecting was that I unexpectedly bombed the RC questions.

Really just trying to do as much verbal as possible for the next month and keep quant where it is (maybe up a point on a good day).
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alexau wrote:
First of all, congrats on the great score! I hope to have the same success as you did.

Second, thanks for posting back! Appreciate your input and perspective on this. I definitely began to freak out a little after I had 3 brutal IR problems in a row. Have to make sure to keep that in check next time around.

Are there any sources you particularly liked for reading? Would love to know what you read leading up to the exam.

What particularly did you use from Kaplan and GMATPill for IR? Would you recommend it for a 1-month IR boost? I took a class with Veritas and have the Powerscore CR Bible and MGMAT SC book which I both thought were great. I think the main reason my score was a bit lower than expecting was that I unexpectedly bombed the RC questions.

Really just trying to do as much verbal as possible for the next month and keep quant where it is (maybe up a point on a good day).


IR is a pain because it seems that as many problems as you can do, you can never prepare for a bad IR session. Don't worry much about IR and just make sure you get a 5+ on the section. Business schools focus on the main score!

As far as RC, that's probably the easiest section of verbal to prepare for but if you are tired or the topics are uninteresting to you, you will not do as well as you could. To some degree, this is luck on the exam. I would suggest reading The Economist, the New York Times, and such publications. I read a lot of advanced, technical material for the CFA and CAIA designations that I am pursuing currently as well. Those usually provide me sufficient exposure to well-written material. Plus, I've always been a reader!
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IR is a pain because it seems that as many problems as you can do, you can never prepare for a bad IR session. Don't worry much about IR and just make sure you get a 5+ on the section. Business schools focus on the main score!

As far as RC, that's probably the easiest section of verbal to prepare for but if you are tired or the topics are uninteresting to you, you will not do as well as you could. To some degree, this is luck on the exam. I would suggest reading The Economist, the New York Times, and such publications. I read a lot of advanced, technical material for the CFA and CAIA designations that I am pursuing currently as well. Those usually provide me sufficient exposure to well-written material. Plus, I've always been a reader!


Yea, I was trying to tell myself just to forget about IR since I figured I got at least a 5. I was usually rock solid on RC but mussed have missed something (my percentile was unbelievably low). Definitely more worried about SC. Gonna try to just read every single day to really nail down RC.

Any tips for SC or CR?

Thanks for all of your insight.
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SilverBull wrote:
IR is a pain because it seems that as many problems as you can do, you can never prepare for a bad IR session. Don't worry much about IR and just make sure you get a 5+ on the section. Business schools focus on the main score!

As far as RC, that's probably the easiest section of verbal to prepare for but if you are tired or the topics are uninteresting to you, you will not do as well as you could. To some degree, this is luck on the exam. I would suggest reading The Economist, the New York Times, and such publications. I read a lot of advanced, technical material for the CFA and CAIA designations that I am pursuing currently as well. Those usually provide me sufficient exposure to well-written material. Plus, I've always been a reader!


Yea, I was trying to tell myself just to forget about IR since I figured I got at least a 5. I was usually rock solid on RC but mussed have missed something (my percentile was unbelievably low). Definitely more worried about SC. Gonna try to just read every single day to really nail down RC.

Any tips for SC or CR?

Thanks for all of your insight.


I think CR and SC are all about repetition while RC is about being alert and focused for longer periods of time. I highly suggest GMATPill for SC. I believe most services do CR well but there really isn't any substitute to grinding away at problems and rereading the answers once you are done. There really are just so many ways that they can trick you in SC and CR. I've been killing CR sections since I began the GMAT. I was horrible at SC at first but after enough grinding it made much more sense to me.

And, again, RC will get better once you read more often and stay alert. You need to convince your brain that what you are reading is the most interesting passage of all time even if it's not. No idea how many passages on DNA I had to read before my 760. I never want to read anything on chemistry ever again!
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SilverBull wrote:
I think CR and SC are all about repetition while RC is about being alert and focused for longer periods of time. I highly suggest GMATPill for SC. I believe most services do CR well but there really isn't any substitute to grinding away at problems and rereading the answers once you are done. There really are just so many ways that they can trick you in SC and CR. I've been killing CR sections since I began the GMAT. I was horrible at SC at first but after enough grinding it made much more sense to me.

And, again, RC will get better once you read more often and stay alert. You need to convince your brain that what you are reading is the most interesting passage of all time even if it's not. No idea how many passages on DNA I had to read before my 760. I never want to read anything on chemistry ever again!


I will definitely take a look at GMATPill for SC. Couldn't agree more about CR and RC. For RC you really need to convince yourself that the article is interesting.
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