Struggling with verbal - GMAT and TOEFL
Question from @nusret-can
Which materials or courses or what kind of strategy do you recommend to increase the verbal section score in GMAT and moreover get a good score (+100) on Toefl Exam. Because that is the part that I've been troubling as a non-native english speaker. Thanks in advance.
Do folks have comments on this?
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Mike McGarry from Magoosh says:
The level of Verbal on the GMAT is considerably higher than the level of Verbal needed for the TOEFL.
For improving your TOEFL score, Magoosh has a wonderful TOEFL product that introduces all the basics that you need to know for the TOEFL. If you want to make a huge improvement on the TOEFL, then the best practice, over and above Magoosh practice, would be interactions with live native English speakers, people who are willing to correct your mistakes. As much as possible, immerse yourself in English. Do not allow yourself to speak your native language at all except when doing so is absolutely necessary (for example, in conversations with family members). If you have friends who speak your native language and are studying for the TOEFL, make an agreement with them to communicate only in English, whether in speech or in writing. Put yourself in as many situation as possible where, in order to get done what you want to get done or to say what you want to say, you need to communicate in English. Yes, this may be awkward at moments, and at times it will be frustrating, but it’s only by doing the hard work of embracing that challenge that you can make a substantial improvement in your TOEFL performance.
The GMAT Verbal is at a whole other level.
The GMAT Verbal section is demanding even for many native English speakers, so the challenges it presents to non-native speakers are considerable. Certainly, Magoosh has a very high quality GMAT product that includes 50+ Verbal lessons and hundreds of Verbal practice questions, each with its own video explanation. That kind of immediate feedback after each question accelerates the learning curve. All of Magoosh’s materials can be helpful to non-native speaker. Also, of course, the non-native speaker should make sure that his or her performance in the math section is absolutely stellar, because a truly excellent math score will help to counterbalance a lower Verbal score.
If a non-native speaker is ambitious, though, and wants a huge (100+) improvement in GMAT, it will require taking on even more. The single biggest change on can make to make a huge improvement in GMAT Verbal is to develop a habit of reading. This means reading very challenging material in English every single day for at least an hour a day. Notice that this is an hour over and above any time you spend on Magoosh or in any GMAT-specific preparations. Read academic material, preferably on topics about which you know relatively little. See this blog article for more details: https://magoosh.com/gmat/2014/how-to-improve-your-gmat-verbal-score/. Especially at first, it will be quite difficult to plow through reading a high-level academic passage, but it’s only by challenging yourself in this way each and every day that you will make improvement over time.
- How to Improve Your GMAT Verbal Score - Magoosh GMAT Blog
- Some people—the stereotype is the American student—find math more difficult than verbal. Other students, especially non-native English speakers, find the math doable but the GMAT Verbal section daunting. If you don’t have a good sense of how your math and verbal skills compare to what is demanded on the GMAT, please take the Magoosh GMAT Diagnostic …