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Hi all,

I'm a non native speaker and im currently having a lot of problems of the Verbal section. I wonder if someone can recommend me the best GMAT course, club, website, etc to improve significantly in Verbal! I've already presented two GMAT tests, and spent infinite hours practicing verbal. However, I don't see any improvement, I have studied with Magoosh, Veritas and E-GMAT (but not that much) and the latterhas been the best guide. However, I would appreciate further recommendations!!

Test 1: Q 45 V 25
Test 2: Q48 V 21 !!
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Hi cfsanchez,

To start, are the two Scores that you listed Official GMAT Scores or practice CAT/mock Scores? Before I can offer you the specific advice that you’re looking for, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

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1) How long have you studied?
2) Have you used any additional study materials besides the courses you listed?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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Were these scores from the official tests? What are your weak areas in Verbal (SC, RC, CR)? In how much time are you planning to take the GMAT? I've found Manhattan to be a great resource for Verbal.

Generally, good reading habits translate well into efficiently learning Verbal. I would suggest if you have some time to spare, spend 15-30 mins reading good books, magazines, journals etc.
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You've completed all the great courses available for verbal. That being said, are you spending enough time on reviewing the questions? There's this section on egmat called scholaranium I suggest you go through each and every question there thoroughly..just don't review the right answers also review all the wrong ones and identify why they were wrong. One more thing, you have to solve all the Official questions including the official guides and the question pack. for RC, you just have to practice..3 passages a day will suffice. you will improve. Goodluck :)
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Hi! Which specific sub-section in Verbal, are you facing most problems in?
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Hi cfsanchez,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Regarding the best verbal resources, in addition to seeking advice in this thread, take a look at the GMAT Club reviews for the best verbal courses, and also read through some GMAT success stories to see what materials have worked well for other test-takers.

If you’d like some further advice on how to study GMAT verbal, feel free to reach back out.

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cfsanchez wrote:
Hi all,

I'm a non native speaker and im currently having a lot of problems of the Verbal section. I wonder if someone can recommend me the best GMAT course, club, website, etc to improve significantly in Verbal! I've already presented two GMAT tests, and spent infinite hours practicing verbal. However, I don't see any improvement, I have studied with Magoosh, Veritas and E-GMAT (but not that much) and the latterhas been the best guide. However, I would appreciate further recommendations!!

Test 1: Q 45 V 25
Test 2: Q48 V 21 !!


You have studies Magoosh, Veritas and e-GMAT and you have said your score did not improve. What your strategies were during studying these courses?
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cfsanchez wrote:
Hi all,

I'm a non native speaker and im currently having a lot of problems of the Verbal section. I wonder if someone can recommend me the best GMAT course, club, website, etc to improve significantly in Verbal! I've already presented two GMAT tests, and spent infinite hours practicing verbal. However, I don't see any improvement, I have studied with Magoosh, Veritas and E-GMAT (but not that much) and the latterhas been the best guide. However, I would appreciate further recommendations!!

Test 1: Q 45 V 25
Test 2: Q48 V 21 !!

Try all the free videos (for verbal) of Ron first, and take a mock on verbal part. I think, your verbal score will improve.

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_ ... ron+verbal
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Hi cfsanchez.

I've seen non-native speakers score in the mid to upper 40's in verbal. How did they do so, even though not in every case was their English great?

They realized that scoring high on GMAT verbal is not only about understanding English but also about being very careful, noticing key details, and using logic effectively.

With that in mind, here's the key to driving up your verbal score.

You have to go through dozens of verbal questions and learn to CLEARLY and THOROUGHLY define why each wrong answer is wrong and each right answer is right. When I say "thoroughly," I mean go well beyond using gimmicky reasons like "irrelevant," "too extreme," or "awkward." You need to come up with well developed, logical reasons for eliminating or choosing choices.

For example, in answering a Weaken question, you would not simply call an answer choice "irrelevant." You would carefully analyze the relationship between the answer choice and the passage and come up with a more complete reason for eliminating it, such as, "This choice weakens the wrong conclusion," or "This choice does not attack the relationship between the premises and the conclusion, but rather seems to attack but does not successfully attack one of the premises."

It may take 20 minutes, or more, per question to analyze them in this way at first, but being skilled in this type of analysis is the only way to score high in verbal. Less sophisticated analysis gets people lower scores, as you have experienced. So, you need to practice analyzing questions in this way, even questions that you have already seen, and take your time, seeking to speed up by developing skill.

Also, practice being careful enough to get almost all verbal questions right. See how many you can get right in a row.

It can take a fair amount of work to move a verbal score higher. So, be ready to analyze a lot of questions, do a lot of practicing, and really develop yourself.
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