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improve verbal section

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Post Sun Feb 11, 2007 3:51 pm
Hi

I am 2 weeks away from my test day and I am having some problems with verbal section. In general I have around 600 score, but most due to verbal section. English is not my mother tongue.
I have good scores in math but verbal section poor results.
Could you give me some advice on how should I imporve my verbal section??

tnks in advanced

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Just doing a lot of problems is a very slow way to progress. It's also important to actually learn something from every single problem that you do - and even to learn things without doing a problem, from GMAT study guides. You need a book that helps you learn techniques for doing the three kinds of verbal questions (we have books for these and so do other companies - go get something that will teach you how to process these questions).

And every time you do a question, pick it apart afterwards. Really try to learn why it was constructed the way it was, what answers are the trap answers, why the right answer is right, exactly why each of the four answers is wrong, etc.

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Tnks Stacey for your answer

I have study from some books, the techniques, and believe I have implrve something.... but what I am looking for is 700+ and for that I need to improve my english....

I can get around 70% of my verbal answers correct, but I need more. The thing is, sometimes I get less in verbal sectios, around 60% correct and tha changes the result a lot....

I will review the lessons in some books, so I can try to improve...
tnks a lot once more

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Just doing a lot of problems is a very slow way to progress. It's also important to actually learn something from every single problem that you do - and even to learn things without doing a problem, from GMAT study guides. You need a book that helps you learn techniques for doing the three kinds of verbal questions (we have books for these and so do other companies - go get something that will teach you how to process these questions).

And every time you do a question, pick it apart afterwards. Really try to learn why it was constructed the way it was, what answers are the trap answers, why the right answer is right, exactly why each of the four answers is wrong, etc.

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Post Wed Feb 14, 2007 3:35 pm
Tnks Stacey for your answer

I have study from some books, the techniques, and believe I have implrve something.... but what I am looking for is 700+ and for that I need to improve my english....

I can get around 70% of my verbal answers correct, but I need more. The thing is, sometimes I get less in verbal sectios, around 60% correct and tha changes the result a lot....

I will review the lessons in some books, so I can try to improve...
tnks a lot once more

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Post Sun Feb 17, 2008 3:32 pm
Shocked thank you for the advice Shocked

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Post Tue Feb 13, 2007 1:41 pm
thanks for your prompt reply eric

The thing is, I don't have much time to study, unfortunately, and since my weekends are all I have, I'm practicing exams.... but anyway, I will try to practice more OG, than exams....

Any other advice is welcome
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Tnks for your reply.... all of you

The idea about newspapers it is very good....

Eric, my strategy at the moment is do exams to practice time, because I'm not completing in the amount of time the exam gives you.

I was basically doing exercices on the OG, and practice to identify the kind of questions. In VS the most difficult part for me is RC, since I hate to read... in general, I'm not much of a reader.
I saw you flash notes, and they have great advices, tnks for that.

I'm working at the same time, which means I basically have the weekends for studying, since weekdays I arrive late at home.

Sugestions are very welcome...

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Hi Caps:

If your short-term goal is to practice timing, DO NOT use your practice exams--save those tests for later, when you actually need to practice doing the entire test.

Practice your timing on OG, or other reference books. Practice problems are abundant, but full-length practice tests are scarce.

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Post Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:03 pm
Tnks for your reply.... all of you

The idea about newspapers it is very good....

Eric, my strategy at the moment is do exams to practice time, because I'm not completing in the amount of time the exam gives you.

I was basically doing exercices on the OG, and practice to identify the kind of questions. In VS the most difficult part for me is RC, since I hate to read... in general, I'm not much of a reader.
I saw you flash notes, and they have great advices, tnks for that.

I'm working at the same time, which means I basically have the weekends for studying, since weekdays I arrive late at home.

Sugestions are very welcome...

Regards

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