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# "Ultimate" Study Plan for Verbal on the GMAT

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19 Jun 2012, 09:57
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And get involved in the verbal forum. Post an answer and defend your choice. Don't just type "A." Again, that's passive and just plain lazy. Tell us why A is correct and why B, C, D, and E are wrong. Even if your answer is basically the same as previous replies, do it anyway! The ability to effectively explain verbal concepts to others is a strong sign that you truly understand the material.

This is when you know you are achieving mastery in Verbal.
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19 Jun 2012, 15:11
I've been storming GMAT for 2 years already though with low intensity. RC kills me. It's my nightmare. When I read your comments on the section I have come to realize that its just about me. Sure it'll help now. Hope in two months I'll post my story of how I got 750 .
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19 Jul 2012, 12:11
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What was your real exam experience in terms of Q difficulty?

I had practiced and studied from many resources but now i am only using Q's from Official resources such as OG12/13, QR/VR 1 and 2, and QP1 to formalize my D-Day Game Plan . People say that the real exam Q's are tougher than the official resources.
Am i making a mistake or its completely ok to do so?

I tried few of the tough problems (as per my error log) from VR 2 and OG12 again.
In CR and RC, I found that without taking abbreviated notes, i can not solve the Q's with confidence. The good part of the story is that with abbreviated notes my accuracy is close to 100%. It is so ironic is that i resisted taking notes until recently
But the bad part of the story is that i am taking around ~ 2 minutes (plus minus 15 seconds) to solve a CR Q.

In case of RC, the reading timing is ~4 minutes with 30 seconds plus minus variation. But after that i take ~1 minute 15 seconds with 15 second plus minus variation and with close to 100% accuracy. This timing data is for hard problems from QP1, OG12/13 etc.

I am kind of planning to take notes and will try the same in my test this weekend.
Is it a good idea to rely on notes? Is it practical possible in real exam to take notes in CR and RC?

I would love to use Bunnel's strategy mentioned but the SC timing is beyond my capabilities for sure
My SC time is around ~100+ seconds. I am yet to get the final data for accuracy in SC as its varying from 60-70% in hard problems and around 90% in easy and medium problems.

I am scoring in 48ish range in Quant and my target score is 710-720.
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02 Aug 2012, 09:30
Thanks all so much. I find these sharings very very useful
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21 Oct 2012, 00:23
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bb, you are a star man! Every post gives you so much, cant believe this forum is so much resourceful! Amazing job done. Thanks once again!!

(Jus cant get over it)

Still a newbie, will soon be sharing and helping, for now cant help thanks enough!!
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21 Oct 2012, 00:27
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Pardon typos

Can anyone link me to the last 20-30 day stratergy/plan for GMAT preps?
Dont want to spam such an organised forum. Bear with me as my googling (read GMAT club searching) capabilities have proved redundant in tracing the exact forum for such details...

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16 Nov 2012, 23:05
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GMAT Vocabulary - international students only; keep in mind that learning words similar to GRE has no value for the GMAT (scientifically proven by GMAC)

BB, Can you elaborate it ?
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16 Nov 2012, 23:30
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GMAT Vocabulary - international students only; keep in mind that learning words similar to GRE has no value for the GMAT (scientifically proven by GMAC)

BB, Can you elaborate it ?

If you are a non-native speaker, learn practical words that are used in everyday communication. There are no reasons to study words as verdant, veracious, and so on. Learning fancy words will not impact the GMAT score as per GMAC's research at least.
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17 Nov 2012, 00:10
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If you are a non-native speaker, learn practical words that are used in everyday communication. There are no reasons to study words as verdant, veracious, and so on. Learning fancy words will not impact the GMAT score as per GMAC's research at least.

bb, I'm using GRE flashcards for my vocabulary. If it is not the best way, how can I improve my vocabulary then ?
[I often get stuck in RC passages, just because I do not know the meaning of a few words.]
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08 Feb 2013, 02:46
"How to improve my verbal score" is my biggest problem!

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02 Mar 2013, 23:21
Good reference for me. Thanks BB
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19 May 2013, 20:01
Brilliant. Thanks !
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27 Jul 2013, 09:35
Awesome in detail message....

Makes spending time on GMATClub completely worth it!

I gave GMAT 4 years back and managed a decent score of 730 (Q-50, V-40). It was just grit and self study...
With your advise and direction I am sure I can replicate, if not better my score.

Thank again!
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22 Aug 2013, 21:58
thank you, will give it a try
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27 Aug 2013, 07:16
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[header1]The most helpful exercise on the CR for me (and a real eye opener) was answering the question without reading the choices first. You must be able to do this. If you can't do it, don't even bother moving along. You must answer every CR question in your own words first - that's the best and only strategy you can depend on to work for you and to save you time.

Hey bb, this guide is really valuable. I have just applied it but it really works.
Thank you
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21 Sep 2013, 21:04
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Dear bb,

I have 5 weeks for my latest GMAT attempt. Quants have been improving exponentially, but the verbal seems to be stuck. I always considered my verbal skills to be above average, and with a little practice would see me through. But looks like I was wrong and not just once. I was frantically looking for a plan to help me improve my skills and I stumbled upon this plan . It is very very elaborate and I am hoping that it will help me obtain the result I am hoping

Thanks a lot for your help
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09 Jan 2014, 21:16
It's awesome, i think i can conquer the gmat test if i follow this plan strictly
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12 Mar 2014, 20:49
Its really fantastic. thanks for sharing with all
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14 Mar 2014, 10:58
Thanks!!! Nice plan to follow
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19 Mar 2014, 03:41
good plan...was not sure how to start actually
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