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Hi guys,
I am quite new to the Gmat club, so I hope this is the right thread to ask for help. I’m currently preparing for the gmat which I plan to do in 3 weeks and I reached somewhat like a negative phase. In the last 8 weeks or so I took 5 practice test that were all around 580-600. My quant score is actually okay with around 44, sometimes even a bit higher. However, my verbal score is my weakness at the moment. Each test was like a 28 or 29 and there was no indication of any improvement so far. Unfortunately, there is also no real pattern in my mistakes. One day I have problems with CR, the other day it is RC or SC. Since I’m facing the Gmat in around 3 weeks, I get a little desperate and I don’t really know how to tackle this situation. I know for sure that I have to change the way i practice my verbal skills and I really hope that someone here can give me a little advice or tip how to do that. By the way, I aim for a score which is around 650.

I really appreciate your help.
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Hi guys,
I am quite new to the Gmat club, so I hope this is the right thread to ask for help. I’m currently preparing for the gmat which I plan to do in 3 weeks and I reached somewhat like a negative phase. In the last 8 weeks or so I took 5 practice test that were all around 580-600. My quant score is actually okay with around 44, sometimes even a bit higher. However, my verbal score is my weakness at the moment. Each test was like a 28 or 29 and there was no indication of any improvement so far. Unfortunately, there is also no real pattern in my mistakes. One day I have problems with CR, the other day it is RC or SC. Since I’m facing the Gmat in around 3 weeks, I get a little desperate and I don’t really know how to tackle this situation. I know for sure that I have to change the way i practice my verbal skills and I really hope that someone here can give me a little advice or tip how to do that. By the way, I aim for a score which is around 650.

I really appreciate your help.
Thanks in advance :)

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Hi renzo1108,

I understand what you are going through.Please look at few of the steps that might help you overcome the hurdle you are facing right now.

1) Carefully analyze what are the areas in which you are committing mistakes..
In SC, if there is a certain concept related questions you are getting wrong, then brush up on those concepts. Practice few questions from OG and i am sure it will help.
In CR, find out your weak areas and analyze why you committed those mistakes.Practice relevant questions from OG.
In RC do the same as stated above and practice well.

you can improve on your quant if you can focus little more with every mock and enable yourself to find the traps GMAT throws on your way.

I am sure you are going to do way better in your real GMAT exam.

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New post 24 Feb 2019, 17:14
renzo1108,

Having that type of hit-and-miss success means one of two things:

1. You're just hitting a rough patch (usually lasts 3-4 weeks)
2. Your fundamentals are weak

It sounds like you fall into the second category, which means that you should focus on revisiting your basic skills. Once you have done this, as mentioned above, break down each question you do. Analyze every right and wrong answer and understand them. You can read explanations by moderators and experts to help you understand how we approach certain topics. I would recommend, as stated above, going back to your basics and building. The more you invest in breaking down questions to their core, the more you will learn; it is not volume, but quality, practice that gets you to 650+.

Best of luck and let me know if you have further questions (I can provide more detail if you have more specific questions).

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Hi renzo1108,

From what you describe, it sounds as if you've gotten 'stuck' at this particular 'score level' - and that might actually be the case. 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:

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/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

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4) Is your Goal Score 650+ or is it something else?
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New post 26 Feb 2019, 06:49
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Hi renzo1108,

From what you describe, it sounds as if you've gotten 'stuck' at this particular 'score level' - and that might actually be the case. 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:

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/mocks (including the Quant and Verbal Scaled Scores for EACH)?

Goals:
4) Is your Goal Score 650+ or is it something else?
5) When are you planning to apply to Business School?
6) What Schools are you planning to apply to?

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Hi Rich,

thanks for your reply.

1. I have studied since January more or less like 5 days a week.
2. I used the Manhattan Books and the OG, sometimes a couple of videos from EMPOWERgmat
3. 1st: Q44, V25; 2nd: Q44, V27; 3rd: Q41, V29; 4th: Q47, V29; 5th: Q42 V28

4. My goals is around 640+
5. I want to apply during the next 2 months
6. Maastricht University, University of Amsterdam, University of Vienna, TU Munich, Newcastle University, University of Warwick, ESCP

BTW, I believe my greatest weaknesses are especially RC and depending on the day CR.

Thanks for you help!
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Hi renzo1108,

Many Test Takers spend 3 months (or more) of consistent study time before they hit their 'peak' scores, so it's likely that you just have not put in enough time and effort yet - and you might naturally improve over time. That having been said, many Test Takers who use a 'book heavy' study approach end up getting 'stuck' at a particular score level - and if that has happened to you, then you would likely find it beneficial to invest in some new, non-book resources.

Based on what you describe about your performance in the Verbal section, it's likely that you are "winging it" when answering Verbal questions - meaning that you do your best to read and understand the prompts, but you do not have a set series of Tactics that you can use to define the correct answer. It's also likely that you "narrow the answers down to 2 choices and then 'guess'" far too often. The 'swings' in your Quant Scaled Scores are likely due to a few little mistakes on each CAT (whether you make those little mistakes or not). Thankfully, the GMAT is a consistent, predictable Exam, so you CAN train to score at a higher level. If you're not planning to apply for at least a couple of months, you might want to consider pushing back your Test Date.

"Review" is an exceptionally important part of the GMAT training process; your ability to define WHY you're getting questions wrong is essential to defining the areas that you need to work on (and the specific things that you need to 'fix'). As such, I'd like to know a bit more about your last CAT. While a full Mistake Tracker would provide a lot more information, there are some basic questions that you should be able to answer (and the more EXACT you can be with your answers, the better):

After reviewing each section of this recent CAT, how many questions did you get wrong....
1) Because of a silly/little mistake?
2) Because there was some math/verbal that you just could not remember how to do?
3) Because the question was too hard?
4) Because you were low on time and had to guess?
5) How many Verbal questions did you 'narrow down to 2 choices' but still get wrong?

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Hi renzo1108,

I’m glad you reached out, and I’m happy to help. First off, since you have not seen any real improvement in verbal despite studying for 8 weeks, I recommend pausing on any practice exams until you can sufficiently improve your GMAT verbal skills. To improve your skills, you need to follow a linear and structured study plan that allows you to individually learn each GMAT quant and verbal topic, starting with the foundations before moving to more advanced concepts. This process will take longer than just 3 weeks. Could you take the GMAT at a later date? In any case, here is some advice you can follow to improve your verbal skills.

When studying Critical Reasoning, you need to ensure that you fully understand the essence of the various 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, 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, it is likely that you will have to work on all three of those aspects.

Regarding what you know, 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 logical meanings. 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 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 skills improve, you will then want to practice with questions that test you on skills from multiple Sentence Correction topics.

Feel free to reach out with any questions.

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My quant score is actually okay with around 44, sometimes even a bit higher. However, my verbal score is my weakness at the moment. Each test was like a 28 or 29 and there was no indication of any improvement so far.
Don't go by just the scaled scores that you see. Q44 is 50%, and V29 is 56% (V28 is 51%). Push quant as well.
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