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Self Study

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Saurabh97 Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Self Study

Post Fri Aug 05, 2016 5:46 am
I am planning to apply for business schools next year, probably for first round. I've appeared some sample papers too. my quant section is strong but verbal section is weak can anyone please suggest me some ways to improve it. Please suggest me some books too. Aiming for a 700+ score
Please help

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Post Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:44 am
Saurabh97 wrote:
I am planning to apply for business schools next year, probably for first round. I've appeared some sample papers too. my quant section is strong but verbal section is weak can anyone please suggest me some ways to improve it. Please suggest me some books too. Aiming for a 700+ score
Please help
Here's my verbal crash course:

- Read voraciously everyday for two weeks. (Anything challenging will do.) There's research suggesting that the physiology of our brains changes when we read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/study-reading-a-novel-changes-your-brain/282952/

- Consider incorporating some mindfulness meditation. http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/05/study-meditation-improves-memory-attention/275564/

Afterwards, review the official material you've worked through and see if there are patterns to the questions you've missed. Anything unclear, post here. Jot a few notes to yourself about simple adjustments you can make. Remember that for all the strategies/grammar rules we teach, the verbal section is primarily about logic and focus. Practice boiling everything down to its essence. Always ask yourself, before you select an answer in sentence correction, if the sentence, when read literally, is clear and logical. Before you select an answer in Critical Reasoning always take another moment and ask if your answer really does impact the conclusion. Before you select an answer in Reading Comp ask yourself if there's textual support for that answer. Be relentless. Then hit some fresh official tests.

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Post Fri Aug 05, 2016 8:44 am
And for additional practice questions, check out our question bank: https://www.veritasprep.com/gmat-question-bank/

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Post Fri Aug 05, 2016 9:02 am
Hi Saurabh97,

From your post, it sounds like you're just beginning your studies. When you say that you've 'appeared some sample papers', does that mean that you've taken a practice CAT Exam or that you took a pencil-and-paper Test?

If you have not taken one yet, then it would be a good idea to take a FULL-LENGTH practice CAT Test; you can download 2 for free from www.mba.com (and they come with some additional practice materials). If you want to do a little studying first, so that you can familiarize yourself with the basic content and question types, then that's okay - but you shouldn't wait too long to take that initial CAT. That score will give us a good sense of your natural strengths and weaknesses and will help provide a basis for comparison as you continue to study. A FULL CAT takes about 4 hours to complete, so make sure that you've set aside enough time to take it in one sitting. Once you have those scores, you should report back here and we can come up with a study plan.

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DaveGreen Newbie | Next Rank: 10 Posts
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Post Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:14 am
Hey Saurabh97,

First of all - here's a list of prep material you may find helpful -

Download Free GMATPrep® Software - http://www.mba.com/global/the-gmat-exam/prepare-for-the-gmat-exam/test-prep-materials/free-gmat-prep-software.aspx
Free GMAT Prep Flashcards - http://www.beatthegmat.com/mba/free-gmat-prep-flashcards
http://www.gmatfree.com
http://www.prep4gmat.com/share/?c=Free_resource_popular&pid=BTG
http://gmatclub.com/forum/all-gmatprep-questions-quant-verbal-187679.html
http://gmatclub.com/forum/improve-your-score-in-sc-with-700-800-level-best-questions-160892.html
https://www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/gmat


Second of all -read, of course, in English, every day.

Third of all - once you take a few practice tests and see where you stand, you may find yourself considering an online course. Courses such as these give a similar experience to the old fashioned GMAT class except you watch the tutor through a screen. When taking an in-person or live-online course you should make sure that we will have enough face time.

A different, newer option is a site such as exampal.com, which specializes in online computer assisted customized learning. What does this mean? Instead of reproducing the teacher-in-a-classroom experience online, a site like this uses personalized machine learning to bring the best out of each student. By monitoring thousands of other students who are tackling the same question as you, the site can provide you with the approaches that proved most efficient for each given question.

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