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# Studying Verbal as a Native Speaker?

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19 Jan 2017, 01:22
Hi all,

I often hear that one of the biggest leaks for native GMAT test takers is that they give (relatively) little attention to the verbal section of the GMAT.

My question is, for my for someone in my position, where do I begin with verbal? I've heard very good things about the SC Manhattan Book but is there some sort of guide or study plan for people in similar positions?

Thanks
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19 Jan 2017, 01:23
Where do I begin studying the Verbal section as a native speaker?
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30 Jan 2017, 00:19
Often, native speakers rely on their ear to solve Sentence Correction problems. This will get you to a certain point, but you may not be able to make the subtle distinctions necessary to get down to the right answer on a tougher question. My experience is that both native and non-native speakers benefit from working through our Sentence Correction book. After each chapter, you can follow up with targeted problems in the Official Guide. (When you get the book, you also get access to our categorized problem lists.)

I can give more specific advice if I know more about your case, but here are a few tips:

1) Ignore your quant and verbal test percentiles. Just look at your subscores. Both quant and verbal are scored on a 51-point scale, and that's what you should use to compare your strength on the two sections. Unless you are *much* better at quant than at verbal, your quant percentile will be lower, but that's just because people who take the test tend to be stronger in quant. Again, look at your subscores to compare. Unless one score is a whole lot higher (8+ points), you should probably split your time 50/50 between quant and verbal. If one section *is* much stronger, you can shift up to 2:1 in favor of the section that needs more work.

2) Commit to changing how you do things. Don't just accept that "either I can read or I can't." Think about which of your habits are helping or hindering you. Work on strategies to stay more focused during reading. Don't get in the habit of reading things without making sense of them.

3) Practice a little every day, and spend the majority of your time reviewing and redoing problems.

Let me know if I can follow up with details on anything. Good luck!
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09 Feb 2017, 20:22
Hey,
I'm on the same boat. Being a native speaker but still unable to get above V30... It really is disheartening considering I'm not amazingly good at Quant either.
What materials have you been using so far? Are you taking any prep classes? Have you take GMAT before?
I've been doing OG questions and GMAT prep. Also, really good/tough questions on this forum!
I've had people tell me that SC will really boost score, so I focused on that and can get about 80-90% correct and to be honest RC is least I focus on (pretty good at it apart from science passages - don't know what it is, my mind just blanks out!)
Keep practising! Realize your mistakes and don't loose focus on long passages/sentences.
CR can be fun but also tricky with the word play, just need to get used to it
Tip: Try being critical in your day to day life, the next time someone makes a comment or expresses their point, try to see if you can agree to it by adding more facts or think of alternatives to weaken it. What are they assuming? The more you will relate your daily communication with critical reasoning, the better you will get.
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