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With little less than 2 weeks until my test, I recently was able to get a 730 on my most recent OG practice test. The most astonishing part, was that I increased by Verbal raw score from 38 to 44!
I was recently speaking to a GMAT coach & tutor, and he casually mentioned a piece of information that CONFOUNDED ME. It was so simple, so straightforward… how could I have missed it? I hope you enjoy this post, and that it works for you!
The Comment, AKA, You can teach an old dog new tricks
“You struggle with SC? You know that the Verbal is weighted more on the GMAT, and there are also more SC questions in the Verbal than the other two types.”
My response: “What.”
Unbelievable!!!! He was absolutely serious. He said that I absolutely needed to improve my Verbal if I hoped to get my target score… so I decided to investigate!
Verbal is weighted more?
A quick google search showed that US News, Manhattan, BeattheGMAT, and gmatclub, all backed that theory. Manhattan also confirmed there are a couple more SC questions, and at the higher levels, even a couple more than normal. Unbelievable! I still wasn’t totally convinced… so I did some more digging… and then I found it:
Now, before we get into the experiment, I do want to say that this is not scientific. However, I have looked at many, many scores, and this seems to ring true. During my research I found this blog post (which is actually pulls data and examples from GMATpill’s post). In the post they argue that the Verbal is weighted more and give the following information to support their claim:
If you score 99th percentile in Quant, and your Verbal score is in the:
57th percentile = Total (670, 85th percentile)
65th percentile = Total (690, 88th percentile)
70th percentile = Total (710, 92nd percentile)
If you score 99th percentile in Verbal, and your Quant score is in the:
57th percentile = Total (730, 96th percentile)
63th percentile = Total (730, 96th percentile)
70th percentile = Total (740, 97th percentile)
HOLY COW!!! By having a high Verbal score, individuals are getting (on average) 40 points higher!!! I did some quick googling, and it would seem that although the percentiles are a bit off, it seems to hold true. This is crazy! I would have never imagined.
The conclusion (at least for me) is clear: The best way to increase your score is to make sure your Verbal score is as high as possible, with extra focus on Sentence Correction.
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