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Where to start with verbal?

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Hi all need some advice,

So I did a cold official test a couple days ago and scored 550 36Q 27V 3IR. I've just done 3 days intensive studying over the bank holiday and took my second CAT. Scored 610 44Q 29V 7IR.
So my quant and IR score improved but my verbal score barely changed, need some advice where to start. I have 3 months to my test date (not scheduled yet), and need a good way to tackle the verbal section (also AWA).

I'm a native speaker but always struggled quite a bit with English compared to maths/sciences. I tried the Empower Gmat course, and whilst it contained a quite useful strategy for brushing up on the DS quant questions, I really did not like the style of the verbal guide.

I've done a breakdown of the questions I got wrong and its pretty much even between CR RC & SC although I feel like I don't really have a strategy for approaching the SC questions. I have ordered the OG (arriving later this week) but I would like to use some additional resources. I am at the moment considering e-gmat as it has consistently good reviews (is this useful for native speakers), and combining this with Maths revolution and the OG. Also I know a lot of people say focus 1st month on quant 2nd month on verbal etc, but I feel it may be more beneficial to start verbal from month 1 to get as much exposure as possible.

Also how can I get walkthrough solutions to the CAT questions on the GMAT PREP programme, to create an error log etc?

Edit: Also wanted to add that I am finishing the verbal section with 20+ minutes to spare, which obviously cant be right.. the quant section I am rushing last 1-2 questions
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Give this a shot , It really a great post and is really helpful.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/ultimate-verbal-study-plan-2017-edition-233279.html
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I would preface what I'm about to say with this: I generally believe that it's harder to improve in verbal than it is to improve in quant. That doesn't mean you should feel discouraged, but be ready to put in the work and only see slow gains to your verbal score. You can definitely get a 40+V score as a native speaker with 3 months of studying.

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I don't really have a strategy for approaching the SC questions.

Search GMATClub for the "splitting" method for SC. That should be a great starting point for SC. You also need to read up on SC "theory" to really make gains in the section. Subject/verb agreement, proper punctuation use, dependent/independent clauses, etc. The OG is a good place to start for that stuff.

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I am at the moment considering e-gmat

I've heard great things about their course. Magoosh also would be a cost-effective way to gain access to lessons and questions. In all honesty, I would hold off on buying extra resources for verbal until you work your way through at least the OG. It'll give you extra time to really figure out where the best value is for resources/courses.

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Also I know a lot of people say focus 1st month on quant 2nd month on verbal etc

I don't like this strategy. I think it's better to constantly build on your skills in both sections, rather than do one, leave it, then return to it. You don't want to have to relearn in the third month some of the things you learned in the first month of studying.

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Also how can I get walkthrough solutions to the CAT questions on the GMAT PREP programme

Type the first ~5-10 words of whatever question you want into google. Click on the GMATClub link that pops up. Scroll down, find Bunuel's answer, rinse and repeat. :grin: But seriously, I wouldn't recommend using the OG to explain answers you got wrong. I found their answers to be unintuitive most of the time, especially on stuff like SC.
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MacAtAdmissionHacks wrote:
I would preface what I'm about to say with this: I generally believe that it's harder to improve in verbal than it is to improve in quant. That doesn't mean you should feel discouraged, but be ready to put in the work and only see slow gains to your verbal score. You can definitely get a 40+V score as a native speaker with 3 months of studying.

Now quickly go over a few of your questions:

Quote:
I don't really have a strategy for approaching the SC questions.

Search GMATClub for the "splitting" method for SC. That should be a great starting point for SC. You also need to read up on SC "theory" to really make gains in the section. Subject/verb agreement, proper punctuation use, dependent/independent clauses, etc. The OG is a good place to start for that stuff.

Quote:
I am at the moment considering e-gmat

I've heard great things about their course. Magoosh also would be a cost-effective way to gain access to lessons and questions. In all honesty, I would hold off on buying extra resources for verbal until you work your way through at least the OG. It'll give you extra time to really figure out where the best value is for resources/courses.

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Also I know a lot of people say focus 1st month on quant 2nd month on verbal etc

I don't like this strategy. I think it's better to constantly build on your skills in both sections, rather than do one, leave it, then return to it. You don't want to have to relearn in the third month some of the things you learned in the first month of studying.

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Also how can I get walkthrough solutions to the CAT questions on the GMAT PREP programme

Type the first ~5-10 words of whatever question you want into google. Click on the GMATClub link that pops up. Scroll down, find Bunuel's answer, rinse and repeat. :grin: But seriously, I wouldn't recommend using the OG to explain answers you got wrong. I found their answers to be unintuitive most of the time, especially on stuff like SC.


Thank you so much, very helpful and informative! I will check out the OG when it comes, my first 1-2 weeks I will focus on the basics. Also will check out the splitting method.
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