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# Terrbile GMAT verbal score

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15 Jul 2008, 23:13
Hi,
I need help on my verbal score...
I took the gmat few months ago and got a terrbiel score on verbal.
Now, I am preparing for my second time. I have been practicing only the verbal part for 2 weeks now, but I don't see any improvements on any of the sessions (RC, SC, CR) This is very frustrating.

I am very confused with the RC session. I dont' know what I should do since I am a very slow reader and it takes a while for me to understand what it's trying to say on the sentences.

Here are the materials I have been using in the past 2 weeks/ will be using in the next month.
1) OG -11th
2) OG- 11th verbal ONLY
3) Princeton Review 2009
4) Kaplan comprehevsive program 2009
5) Mc. Graw Hill GMAT practice 2008
6) Manhattan SC-
7) About 10 online GMAT CATs (haven't done any since I am not ready)

What else do I need? What do I need to drastically improve my verbal score?

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16 Jul 2008, 05:30
When you get something wrong, look at the answer and make sure you understand why.

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16 Jul 2008, 08:17
Nothing new, wanwinnie, I'd suggest you! Try OG10 but what's more important for you now is read more much more. Read, read, read, and read again. It'll improve you speed. After that you will get more time to think. As Kotu already adviced use the explanations to find a flow in your logic and train yourself to think as GMAC do. And one more thing is taking part and "participating" silently in RC as a third party (Walker's advice). Be involved
BR, Barfer!

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16 Jul 2008, 20:23
Thanks for the advise, barfer and Kotu. Very much appreicated
I will read as much as I can and try to understand it.

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16 Jul 2008, 20:35
I suggest reading everyday from periodicals like The Wall Street Journal or The Economist, or something like that. Try to read and focus on what you're reading, pushing yourself to get a little faster. If you can get used to reading that stuff, you'll improve on your RC (in my opinion).

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17 Jul 2008, 21:22
Economist will definitely help RC

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18 Nov 2013, 04:35
wanwinnie wrote:
Hi,
I need help on my verbal score...
I took the gmat few months ago and got a terrbiel score on verbal.
Now, I am preparing for my second time. I have been practicing only the verbal part for 2 weeks now, but I don't see any improvements on any of the sessions (RC, SC, CR) This is very frustrating.

I am very confused with the RC session. I dont' know what I should do since I am a very slow reader and it takes a while for me to understand what it's trying to say on the sentences.

Here are the materials I have been using in the past 2 weeks/ will be using in the next month.
1) OG -11th
2) OG- 11th verbal ONLY
3) Princeton Review 2009
4) Kaplan comprehevsive program 2009
5) Mc. Graw Hill GMAT practice 2008
6) Manhattan SC-
7) About 10 online GMAT CATs (haven't done any since I am not ready)

What else do I need? What do I need to drastically improve my verbal score?

Most of the GMAT takers find RC the most difficult part as it is time consuming and checks your actual comprehension skills. To make yourself comfortable in RC you need to familiarize yourself with different types of reading text such as literature, psychology, science, economics etc, as the passage can be of any type and the language (semantics, lexical items, sentence structure ) you may not be familiar with. Reading intensively and extensively will help you develop good reading skills.
The questions are asked related to the passage you read. The types of questions vary depending on the difficulty level you are on. You may be asked questions such as ‘what is the passage all about?’, ‘what is the tone of the author in the passage?’ etc.
You are supposed to understand what the question is and what you should answer relatively.

Best of luck
Sachin Kumar Sharma
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20 Jan 2014, 11:49
hi wanwinnie,

For RC, why don't you try understanding the general RC approach here: http://www.gmatpill.com/practicequestio ... tions.html

Reading fast is important not just for GMAT, but also for all kinds of other work. Learn what NOT to read - so you can focus only on the key transition words and phrases that make a bigger impact on the meaning of the passage. This is not easy to do - but with guidance and practice, you'll get there.

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07 Feb 2014, 22:31
Not sure if this would work for you - but I turned off the TV for the two months prior to writing. When I wanted to wind down after studying, I would read instead of watch the tube. It really didn't feel like studying, but I am sure it helped with RC speed and comprehension.

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