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# Verbal strategy from v25 to v30

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27 Aug 2018, 11:12
Hi
I tried to several times but verbal scores always stayed around v23 to v27. It never went over v30.

I took a mba.com cat last night. I got v26 with 13 incorrect answers out of 32.
I confirmed majority incorrected part is SC.

For my past study history, i have reviewed mgmt sc and Cr. In addition,
I solved couple of hundred s of sc and cr questions in gmatclub and official guide.

Any advice on from v25 to v30 shortly?
Should I solve more questions such as 1000 in SC and CR or review SC concepts again?

Thanks

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27 Aug 2018, 12:18
Hey zmzm --

The best thing you can do before you do any more practice problems is to do an inventory of the problems you've done so far and your most recent couple of practice tests. Doing more problems won't help if you don't know what you need to look out for, and that course of action may even reinforce the bad habits that are keeping your score low. Are you keeping a detailed error log? If so, use it to get an idea of what sorts of grammar mistakes you're making. If not, take the time to at least categorize your errors from your last few weeks of study and your last practice tests. Prioritize those error types from the most number of questions to the least -- if you consistently miss modifier questions, take time to review the rules for modifiers. If you miss pronoun questions, review the rules for pronouns.

The other thing is to think about your strategy - are you looking at answer choices as a whole or are you taking the time to pay attention to what changes? Focusing on concrete changes between answer choices and then using those changes (and the grammar rules you know) to eliminate wrong answers can go a long way towards success on sentence correction problems.

Finally, don't forget to also work on other parts of the verbal section. Remember that because of how the GMAT is scored that just because you missed more sentence correction questions than anything else doesn't mean that SC is what's pulling you down. If you primarily missed really difficult SC problems but also missed easy CR and RC questions, then improving SC isn't going to help as much as improving CR and RC would
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Re: Verbal strategy from v25 to v30  [#permalink]

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27 Aug 2018, 20:31
zmzm wrote:
Hi
I tried to several times but verbal scores always stayed around v23 to v27. It never went over v30.

I took a mba.com cat last night. I got v26 with 13 incorrect answers out of 32.
I confirmed majority incorrected part is SC.

For my past study history, i have reviewed mgmt sc and Cr. In addition,
I solved couple of hundred s of sc and cr questions in gmatclub and official guide.

Any advice on from v25 to v30 shortly?
Should I solve more questions such as 1000 in SC and CR or review SC concepts again?

Thanks
Reviewing SC concepts is fine, but I would advise you to stick with official material as far as possible, and avoid those "1000" documents.
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28 Aug 2018, 05:56
Looks I need to stop solving and go back to the error log to see the reason why I made wrong. Thanks
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28 Aug 2018, 10:15
zmzm wrote:
Hi
I tried to several times but verbal scores always stayed around v23 to v27. It never went over v30.

I took a mba.com cat last night. I got v26 with 13 incorrect answers out of 32.
I confirmed majority incorrected part is SC.

For my past study history, i have reviewed mgmt sc and Cr. In addition,
I solved couple of hundred s of sc and cr questions in gmatclub and official guide.

Any advice on from v25 to v30 shortly?
Should I solve more questions such as 1000 in SC and CR or review SC concepts again?

Thanks

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28 Aug 2018, 18:07
Hi zmzm,

To start, I'm hoping that you can clarify something you wrote: you stated that you got "13 incorrect out of 32", but there are 36 questions in the Verbal section. Did you actually answer all 36 questions or did you run out of time and not get to the last 4 questions?

Beyond that question, it would help if you could provide a bit more information on how you've been studying and your goals:

Studies:
1) How long have you studied?
2) What study materials have you used so far?
3) How have you scored on EACH of your CATs (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?
4) Have you taken the Official GMAT before (and if you did, then how did you score?)?

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Hi zmzm,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. Since you have been studying for some time and have not been able to improve your verbal score, you really need to look at HOW you have been preparing, and potentially make some changes. In your previous round of studying, it appears that your prep centered on mainly doing practice questions. While engaging in practice is a necessary part of improving your GMAT skills, such practice is beneficial only after you have studied the necessary topics on which those questions are based. Thus, moving forward, you may consider adjusting your study plan such that it allows for linear learning. Specifically, consider using a resource that allows you FIRST to learn the concepts and strategies related to Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension, and SECOND to practice with a large number of realistic questions.

For example, let’s say you begin studying Critical Reasoning. Your first goal is to master the individual Critical Reasoning topics: Strengthen the Argument, Weaken the Argument, Resolve the Paradox, etc. As you learn each Critical Reasoning problem type, do focused practice so you can assess how well you understand the topic. If, for example, you incorrectly answer a Weaken the Argument question, ask yourself why. Did you make a careless mistake? Did you not recognize the specific Critical Reasoning 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.

You can perfect your reading strategy with a lot of practice. However, keep in mind that GMAT Reading Comprehension passages are not meant to be stimulating, so to better prepare yourself to analyze such passages, read magazines with similar content and style, such as the Economist, Scientific American, and Smithsonian.

Sentence Correction, on the other hand, 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 reason that your Sentence Correction performance has not improved is likely 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 in the sentence clearly refer to nouns in the sentence? 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 that 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 in a Sentence Correction question, only one or two seem obviously incorrect. It may take time for you to see what you have to see. 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. For instance, 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 that would have extended 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.

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31 Aug 2018, 06:52
Wow that's a fantastic explanation. Last night I got V33 from V26. I solved 50 of past uncorrected SC questions from official guides with an error log. That might help from V26 to V33. However, it seemed that I was able see some past questions from other sources. So I suspect my score range is still between V25 and V30.

New score goal is above V35 anyway. A major problem is reading speeds and accuracy of understanding. I did not solve political or historical passages properly in the exam. I am feeling extremely difficulty in these reading topics. I never studied american history or politics in america and Canada. Do i take courses somewhere? Do you think if I read more high level of essays such as economist, science america,and etc, then score will be improved to V 35 within a month? Or take more time to get there.

Thank you
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