"From V30 to V41 in 3 months"
Anisha needed to increase her verbal score greatly (V30 on her first try) in time to take the GMAT in 3 months. Anisha is from Bangladesh, and despite studying English through secondary school, she was struggling with the way she was tested with it on the GMAT.
Anisha’s math score was nearly perfect on her first attempt (with minimal studying) because she studied engineering as an undergraduate student (Q50).
Anisha wanted to take a verbal specific GMAT course because she felt her self study to perfect her math score on Ready4GMAT was sufficient (and fun because she would practice on her commute to work). During one of these sessions, she saw that Ready4 offered a verbal hybrid course. This seemed perfect to her so she signed up.
Twice a week Anisha attended the sessions online, completed the outside assignments, kept up with his practice questions, completed all the simulated exams and attended the live office hours to ask specific reasoning questions. She loved how the course combined live office hours because those were essential to her.
After the course finished, Anisha took an official practice GMAT and scored a 720 (V38 | Q51). Anisha was very excited by this progress, but because her dream school was Harvard, she knew she had some more prep to do.
She reached out to her instructor, and signed up for a few hours of tutoring spread throughout a few weeks combined consistent self study. Anisha took one more practice test and scored a 740! (V40 | Q51) Now she felt ready.
On test day, Anisha was determined, and although she felt nervous after finishing verbal (not feeling like she did as well as her last practice test), when her score popped up she was elated: a 760 (V43 | Q51).
Anisha’s advice to other ESL students with big dreams like her is to:
Make sure you are honest about your weaknesses. I studied English in school and still really struggled with it on the GMAT level.
Get the help you need from prep professionals! They will make all the difference in directing your study time and setting realistic goals.
Don’t neglect half the test just because you’re good at it, I still practiced a little math every day to make sure I could score that 51 on test day.