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Dear all,

I have a query on the verbal preparation. Some info regarding my preparation: I started my preparation in 2015 but stropped with my prep due to many personal/professional reasons.
After a break of ~3.5 years, I decided to start preparing from Sept 2018.
In my first diagnostic (GMAT prep) in Sept 2018 I scored a 600 (V23 Q49). Clearly, my weak point is verbal and so bought egmat verbal package in November 2018. However I covered ~40% SC concepts, 20% CR and 0 %RC from the course until May 2018 (vacations, work, family, other issues). I extended the course (including quant) in May 2018 (egmat has some good options to extend the course) and was seriously preparing/covering all the topics/concepts from May 2018 on.

GMAT prep exam 2: June 14 2019 - 640 (V48 V30)
There was whopping 7 point increase, 40 points in score. I also took a Manhattan prep free gmat test in June 2019 and scored 640(don't remember the split).
After a month of completing all the SC concepts, CR concepts. I bought GMAT prep remaining 3-6 tests. I also brushed up few of the quant topics in July.
GMAT prep exam 3: Jul 11 2019 - 650 (Q49 V30)

However hard I try, my verbal score never goes beyond 30. I get most of the easy questions correct. Have trouble with medium/hard level questions.
Is it just practice?
Is it conceptual gaps?
Is it application of concept issue?

I guess my problem is a mix of all three. How to break this V30 barrier. I'm looking for a 6-7 point improvement in verbal. Is this achievable in a month? where do I start from to achieve my goal?
Experts, please help!

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Dear all,

I have a query on the verbal preparation. Some info regarding my preparation: I started my preparation in 2015 but stropped with my prep due to many personal/professional reasons.
After a break of ~3.5 years, I decided to start preparing from Sept 2018.
In my first diagnostic (GMAT prep) in Sept 2018 I scored a 600 (V23 Q49). Clearly, my weak point is verbal and so bought egmat verbal package in November 2018. However I covered ~40% SC concepts, 20% CR and 0 %RC from the course until May 2018 (vacations, work, family, other issues). I extended the course (including quant) in May 2018 (egmat has some good options to extend the course) and was seriously preparing/covering all the topics/concepts from May 2018 on.

GMAT prep exam 2: June 14 2019 - 640 (V48 V30)
There was whopping 7 point increase, 40 points in score. I also took a Manhattan prep free gmat test in June 2019 and scored 640(don't remember the split).
After a month of completing all the SC concepts, CR concepts. I bought GMAT prep remaining 3-6 tests. I also brushed up few of the quant topics in July.
GMAT prep exam 3: Jul 11 2019 - 650 (Q49 V30)

However hard I try, my verbal score never goes beyond 30. I get most of the easy questions correct. Have trouble with medium/hard level questions.
Is it just practice?
Is it conceptual gaps?
Is it application of concept issue?

I guess my problem is a mix of all three. How to break this V30 barrier. I'm looking for a 6-7 point improvement in verbal. Is this achievable in a month? where do I start from to achieve my goal?
Experts, please help!

Regards,
Santora



I can help you with this,
reasons for your failure, which are obvious from your text are: Inconsistency, over use of tests to judge yourself and perhaps not using resources in an efficient manner. Now , if you got points and kudos, I'd suggest you redeem the EMPOWERgmat course for a month, but study properly from it, be consistent. Consistency is very important in developing momentum, I'll send you a link in the end to get through this.

Now, Please make sure that you're aware of all the concepts taught in the course that you've undergone. EGMAT is quite costly too, but they've delivered results too. ANYHOW, you can always try other courses but stick to one approach for one question, don't mix the logic.

That said: Follow this link https://gmatclub.com/forum/beginner-to- ... s#p2313182

If that helps plz show ur appreciation in form of a like to my post, here and there.

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Hi Santora,

Since it appears that you are 'stuck' at this current Verbal level, there are likely some issues with how you work through Verbal questions (including whether you're taking the proper notes or not).

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:

1) On this last CAT, how did you perform on RC, SC and CR?
2) Did you have to 'rush' through any questions at the end of the Verbal section to finish on time (and did you leave any questions unanswered?)?
3) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical RC, SC and CR prompt?

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santorasantu wrote:
Dear all,

I have a query on the verbal preparation. Some info regarding my preparation: I started my preparation in 2015 but stropped with my prep due to many personal/professional reasons.
After a break of ~3.5 years, I decided to start preparing from Sept 2018.
In my first diagnostic (GMAT prep) in Sept 2018 I scored a 600 (V23 Q49). Clearly, my weak point is verbal and so bought egmat verbal package in November 2018. However I covered ~40% SC concepts, 20% CR and 0 %RC from the course until May 2018 (vacations, work, family, other issues). I extended the course (including quant) in May 2018 (egmat has some good options to extend the course) and was seriously preparing/covering all the topics/concepts from May 2018 on.

GMAT prep exam 2: June 14 2019 - 640 (V48 V30)
There was whopping 7 point increase, 40 points in score. I also took a Manhattan prep free gmat test in June 2019 and scored 640(don't remember the split).
After a month of completing all the SC concepts, CR concepts. I bought GMAT prep remaining 3-6 tests. I also brushed up few of the quant topics in July.
GMAT prep exam 3: Jul 11 2019 - 650 (Q49 V30)

However hard I try, my verbal score never goes beyond 30. I get most of the easy questions correct. Have trouble with medium/hard level questions.
Is it just practice?
Is it conceptual gaps?
Is it application of concept issue?

I guess my problem is a mix of all three. How to break this V30 barrier. I'm looking for a 6-7 point improvement in verbal. Is this achievable in a month? where do I start from to achieve my goal?
Experts, please help!

Regards,
Santora


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I think your problem is no different from many others. The following post will help you.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/how-to-impro ... 42361.html
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New post 21 Jul 2019, 12:09
Hi Rich,

Thanks for the response. The answers to your questions are as follows:

1) In any SC,CR test, I have around 70% accuracy. I can get all easy level questions correct. Rc is quite a bit of challenge with accuracy varying anywhere between 30% to 70% based on passage difficulty. All test results are no different in verbal.
2. Yes, the RC passages at the end of the section, I need to rush and guessed. Did not leave any question unanswered.
3. Mainly, I follow the egmat process for SC (look for SC-V-Pro-mod-comp-idi-mean-other issues) while solving SC questions. CR is mostly mgmat approach to look for premise/conclusion/IC and try to map passage. RC, II just try to get the gist of passage and look for details later. However, most of the time is gone on reading passages and trying to figure out the right answer.

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Hi Santora,

Since it appears that you are 'stuck' at this current Verbal level, there are likely some issues with how you work through Verbal questions (including whether you're taking the proper notes or not).

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:

1) On this last CAT, how did you perform on RC, SC and CR?
2) Did you have to 'rush' through any questions at the end of the Verbal section to finish on time (and did you leave any questions unanswered?)?
3) What 'steps' do you go through when dealing with a typical RC, SC and CR prompt?

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Businessconquerer,

Thanks for the tips, I shall try to follow consistency for a month and see how the improvement is. The exchange of kudos is indeed a great idea.

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Santora





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santorasantu wrote:
Dear all,

I have a query on the verbal preparation. Some info regarding my preparation: I started my preparation in 2015 but stropped with my prep due to many personal/professional reasons.
After a break of ~3.5 years, I decided to start preparing from Sept 2018.
In my first diagnostic (GMAT prep) in Sept 2018 I scored a 600 (V23 Q49). Clearly, my weak point is verbal and so bought egmat verbal package in November 2018. However I covered ~40% SC concepts, 20% CR and 0 %RC from the course until May 2018 (vacations, work, family, other issues). I extended the course (including quant) in May 2018 (egmat has some good options to extend the course) and was seriously preparing/covering all the topics/concepts from May 2018 on.

GMAT prep exam 2: June 14 2019 - 640 (V48 V30)
There was whopping 7 point increase, 40 points in score. I also took a Manhattan prep free gmat test in June 2019 and scored 640(don't remember the split).
After a month of completing all the SC concepts, CR concepts. I bought GMAT prep remaining 3-6 tests. I also brushed up few of the quant topics in July.
GMAT prep exam 3: Jul 11 2019 - 650 (Q49 V30)

However hard I try, my verbal score never goes beyond 30. I get most of the easy questions correct. Have trouble with medium/hard level questions.
Is it just practice?
Is it conceptual gaps?
Is it application of concept issue?

I guess my problem is a mix of all three. How to break this V30 barrier. I'm looking for a 6-7 point improvement in verbal. Is this achievable in a month? where do I start from to achieve my goal?
Experts, please help!

Regards,
Santora



I can help you with this,
reasons for your failure, which are obvious from your text are: Inconsistency, over use of tests to judge yourself and perhaps not using resources in an efficient manner. Now , if you got points and kudos, I'd suggest you redeem the EMPOWERgmat course for a month, but study properly from it, be consistent. Consistency is very important in developing momentum, I'll send you a link in the end to get through this.

Now, Please make sure that you're aware of all the concepts taught in the course that you've undergone. EGMAT is quite costly too, but they've delivered results too. ANYHOW, you can always try other courses but stick to one approach for one question, don't mix the logic.

That said: Follow this link https://gmatclub.com/forum/beginner-to- ... s#p2313182

If that helps plz show ur appreciation in form of a like to my post, here and there.

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Hi Santora,

Your answers to my prior questions were somewhat vague, so I have to assume that you do not have a set series of 'steps' or Tactics that you use when working through each Verbal question that face. In simple terms, it sounds as though you are "winging it" through the Verbal section (re: doing what you think is right on a case-by-case basis) - and that's one of the reasons why you're stuck at this score level. The Verbal section of the GMAT is just as consistent and predictable as the Quant section is; every prompt is carefully worded, each question is specifically phrased and even the 4 wrong answer choices fall into predictable patterns. If you have not trained to take advantage of all of that yet, then focusing on developing those skills is almost certainly what you should be focused on during this next phase of your studies. If your current study materials aren't properly teaching you those skills, then you might need to invest in some new materials.

1) Going forward, how many hours do you think you can consistently study each week?

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Hi Santora,

I’m sorry to hear how things have been going with your GMAT. Since you have been unable to break V30, you clearly lack the fundamental verbal skills you need for a high score. To improve your skills, you need to follow a study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT verbal topic, and then practice each topic until you've gained mastery. However, you’ll likely need more than just one month to improve by 6+ verbal points. In any case, would you like some specific advice on how to improve in all aspects of GMAT verbal?
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Thanks a lot for the feedback. It is now clear (based on your responses) that I need to focus on concepts.
I do have access to all OG's, and feel that I have enough material to cover all concepts.
If need arises for more material ,I will surely get in touch with the experts here for more help.

I will keep you updated,

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