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Urgent need for your help. 530 (Q-47 and V-19)

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Hello everyone,

My name is Anoushka and i joined the GMAT Club in August. I gave my GMAT yesterday and scored a disappointing 530 (Q 47 and V 17). I started preparing for GMAT since March 2018 and joined a leading coaching institute of Delhi. I solved all their practice CAT's and gave GMAT prep's as well in which i scored:

GMAT Prep 1: 580(V-37 Q-34)
GMAT Prep 2: 590 (V-26 Q-46)
GMAT Prep 3: 640(V-31 Q-47)
GMAT Prep 1: 600(V-25 Q-48)

However, on the day of the exam quant was easy but verbal was really tough especially the first 10 questions which took up a lot of time. When the last 6 questions were remaining, i was only left with 6 minutes and had to leave 1 question in the end. Before giving my exam, i practiced OG and also used to practice the 600-700 level verbal questions given on this forum and had the following accuracy for the last 1 month:

CR: 55%
SC: 61%

For CR, i read the Powerscore CR bible and Manhattan CR . However, personally i don't think they have helped me as with the clock ticking i am not able to pre-think and so after reading the argument i eventually move on to the answer choices. I normally get confused between 2 options in CR and RC.

I feel really disappointed and i don't understand now where to start from. I would really appreciate your help on how i can improve my verbal score and what verbal course can i join to increase my accuracy as i am targetting a 700+ score.

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Hello everyone,

My name is Anoushka and i joined the GMAT Club in August. I gave my GMAT yesterday and scored a disappointing 530 (Q 47 and V 17). I started preparing for GMAT since March 2018 and joined a leading coaching institute of Delhi. I solved all their practice CAT's and gave GMAT prep's as well in which i scored:

GMAT Prep 1: 580(V-37 Q-34)
GMAT Prep 2: 590 (V-26 Q-46)
GMAT Prep 3: 640(V-31 Q-47)
GMAT Prep 1: 600(V-25 Q-48)

However, on the day of the exam quant was easy but verbal was really tough especially the first 10 questions which took up a lot of time. When the last 6 questions were remaining, i was only left with 6 minutes and had to leave 1 question in the end. Before giving my exam, i practiced OG and also used to practice the 600-700 level verbal questions given on this forum and had the following accuracy for the last 1 month:

CR: 55%
SC: 61%

For CR, i read the Powerscore CR bible and Manhattan CR . However, personally i don't think they have helped me as with the clock ticking i am not able to pre-think and so after reading the argument i eventually move on to the answer choices. I normally get confused between 2 options in CR and RC.

I feel really disappointed and i don't understand now where to start from. I would really appreciate your help on how i can improve my verbal score and what verbal course can i join to increase my accuracy as i am targetting a 700+ score.

Thanks.


Hi Anoushka1995,

For verbal, I would highly encourage you to consider e-gmat verbal online or the e-gmat verbal live course. They are both amazing courses especially designed for non-natives. They offer almost 25% of their courses for free so you can try out their free trial to decide which one you want to go for. Plus the e-gmat Scholaranium which is included in both the courses is one of the best verbal practice tools in the market. You can easily track your progress in that you can identify your strengths and analyze and improve on your weak areas.

Further taking multiple mocks might help. Apart from the GMATPREP, Manhattan GMAT tests and Veritas Prep Tests in my experience have good verbal and Quant section and will certainly help you point out and improve your weak areas.

Further another advantage of taking many mocks is to build up your stamina. Apart from the GMATPREP tests, taking practise tests of any major GMATPREP company ought to do that.

I would also encourage you to purchase the GMATPREP QP 1 for some great additional practice. Here is a link that will help you with your decision.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/best-gmat-ve ... ml?fl=menu

Hope this helps. All the best.
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Hey buddy,

with regards to verbal I would have a look at the following threads and users:

GMATNinja

One of the verbal gurus on this forum, proficient in every aspect of the verbal section.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-live- ... l#p1936104

nightblade354

Especially capable concerning CR questions, often provides detailed explanations to complex problems.

hazelnut

Senior SC moderator, probably one of the best sources for high quality SC and RC material on the entire forum.
He posts high quality questions frequently, many of which might be a great help to you.

Topics:

CR:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/powerscore-c ... ml#p937472

RC:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-destr ... ml#p205035

General:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/gmatclub-ver ... l#p1122343

My own two cents:
https://gmatclub.com/forum/verbal-strat ... l#p2082192

Hope this helps!

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Hi Anoushka1995,

I'm sorry to hear that Test Day didn't go as well as planned. When these types of score drops occur, the two likely "causes" involve either something that was unrealistic during practice or something that was surprising (or not accounted for) on Test Day. If you can answer a few questions, then we should be able to figure this out:

When you took your CATs:
1) On what dates did you take each of your CATs? Did you take the ENTIRE CAT each time (including the Essay and IR sections)?
2) Did you take them at home?
3) Did you take them at the same time of day as when you took your Official GMAT?
4) Did you ever do ANYTHING during your CATs that you couldn't do on Test Day (pause the CAT, skip sections, take longer breaks, etc.)?
5) Did you ever take a CAT more than once? Had you seen any of the questions BEFORE (re: on a prior CAT, in an online forum or in a practice set)?

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Hi Anoushka1995,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, great work on quant. A Q47 is on the high end of your quant score range from your practice exams. That being said, since you scored a V17, it’s clear that you lack certain GMAT verbal fundamentals that are necessary for a high score. Furthermore, since you have been studying for almost six months and have not hit your verbal score goal, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing and potentially make some changes. Most importantly, ensure that you follow a study plan that allows you to learn linearly, such that you can slowly build mastery of one GMAT topic prior to moving on to the next. Within each topic, begin with the foundations and progress toward more advanced concepts.

For example, when studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various Critical Reasoning question types. Do you know the importance of an assumption within an argument? Can you easily spot a conclusion? Do you know how to resolve a paradox? Do you know how to properly evaluate cause and effect? Do you know how to properly weaken or strengthen an argument? These are just a few examples; you really need to take a deep dive into the individual Critical Reasoning topics to develop the necessary skills to properly attack any Critical Reasoning questions that you encounter.

As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so that you can track your skill in answering each type. If, for example, you incorrectly answered a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific question type? Were you doing too much analysis in your head? Did you skip over a keyword in an answer choice? You must thoroughly analyze your mistakes and seek to turn weaknesses into strengths by focusing on the question types you dread seeing and the questions you take a long time to answer correctly.

When practicing Reading Comprehension, you need to develop a reading strategy that is both efficient and thorough. Reading too fast and not understanding what you have read are equally as harmful as reading too slow and using up too much time. When attacking Reading Comprehension passages, you must have one clear goal in mind: to understand the context of what you are reading. However, you must do so efficiently, so you need to avoid getting bogged down in the details of each paragraph and focus on understanding the main point of each paragraph. That being said, do not fall into the trap of thinking that you can just read the intro and the conclusion and comprehend the main idea of a paragraph. As you read a paragraph, consider how the context of the paragraph relates to previous paragraphs, so you can continue developing your overall understanding of the passage. Furthermore, as you practice Reading Comprehension, focus on the exact types of questions with which you struggle: Find the Main Idea, Inference, Author’s Tone, etc. As with Critical Reasoning, analyze your incorrect answers to better determine why you tend to get a particular question type wrong, and then improve upon your weaknesses. You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice, but keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating. So, to better prepare yourself to tackle such bland passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction is a bit of a different animal compared to Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning. There are three aspects to getting correct answers to GMAT Sentence Correction questions: what you know, such as grammar rules, what you see, such as violations of grammar rules and the logic of sentence structure, and what you do, such as carefully considering each answer choice in the context of the non-underlined portion of the sentence. To drive up your Sentence Correction score, you likely will have to work on all three of those aspects. Furthermore, the likely reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is that you have not been working on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, to be successful in Sentence Correction, first and foremost, you MUST know your grammar rules. Let's be clear, though: GMAT Sentence Correction is not just a test of knowledge of grammar rules. The reason for learning grammar rules is so that you can determine what sentences convey and whether sentences are well-constructed. In fact, in many cases, incorrect answers to Sentence Correction questions are grammatically flawless. Thus, often your task is to use your knowledge of grammar rules to determine which answer choice creates the most logical sentence meaning and structure.

This determination of whether sentences are well-constructed and logical is the second aspect of finding correct answers to Sentence Correction questions, what you see. To develop this skill, you probably have to slow way down. You won't develop this skill by spending under two minutes per question. For a while, anyway, you have to spend time with each question, maybe even ten or fifteen minutes on one question sometimes, analyzing every answer choice until you see the details that you have to see in order to choose the correct answer. As you go through the answer choices, consider the meaning conveyed by each version of the sentence. Does the meaning make sense? Even if you can tell what the version is SUPPOSED to convey, does the version really convey that meaning? Is there a verb to go with the subject? Do all pronouns clearly refer to nouns? By slowing way down and looking for these details, you learn to see what you have to see in order to clearly understand which answer to a Sentence Correction question is correct.

There is only one correct answer to any Sentence Correction question, there are clear reasons why that choice is correct and the others are not, and those reasons are not that the correct version simply "sounds right." In fact, the correct version often sounds a little off at first. That correct answers may sound a little off is not surprising. If the correct answer were always the one that sounded right, then most people most of the time would get Sentence Correction questions correct, without really knowing why the wrong answers were wrong and the correct answers were correct. So, you have to go beyond choosing what "sounds right" and learn to clearly see the logical reasons why one choice is better than all of the others.

As for the third aspect of getting Sentence Correction questions correct, what you do, the main thing you have to do is be very careful. You have to make sure that you are truly considering the structures of sentences and the meanings conveyed rather than allowing yourself to be tricked into choosing trap answers that sound right but don't convey meanings that make sense. You also have to make sure that you put some real energy into finding the correct answers. Finding the correct answer to a Sentence Correction question may take bouncing from choice to choice repeatedly until you start to see the differences between the choices that make all choices wrong except for one. Often, when you first look at the choices, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. Getting the right answers takes a certain work ethic. You have to be determined to see the differences and to figure out the precise reasons that one choice is correct.

To improve what you do when you answer Sentence Correction questions, seek to become aware of how you are going about answering them. Are you being careful and looking for logic and details, or are you quickly eliminating choices that sound a little off and then choosing the best of the rest? If you choose an incorrect answer, consider what you did that resulted in your arriving at that answer and what you could do differently in order to arrive at correct answers more consistently. Furthermore, see how many questions you can get correct in a row as you practice. If you break your streak by missing one, consider what you could have done differently to extend your streak.

As with your Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension regimens, after learning a particular Sentence Correction topic, engage in focused practice with 30 questions or more that involve that topic. As your Sentence Correction skills improve, you’ll then want to practice with SC questions that test you on skills from multiple SC topics.

Ultimately, if you are unable to learn and practice in the manner described above, you may consider looking for additional verbal prep resources. If you are unsure of which resources to choose, check out some reviews here on GMAT Club.

You also may find my article with more information regarding
how to score a 700+ on the GMAT helpful.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Good luck!
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