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# This post will help all non-native speakers in general and Indians in particular.

Why should you read this post? This is Sandeep Gupta, a GMAT Trainer in Bangalore India (I run the company Ivy-GMAT). I have always had 99th percentile scores on the Verbal Section (in the range of 45 to 51) of the GMAT; also I have always scored 51 in the Quantitative Section. I have never scored less than 770 (Q51, V45) on any of my GMAT attempts. I am writing what helped me get such scores time and again. If you are a native speaker, you may not find the post useful. **** What I have been telling at my students for the last 20 months is FINALLY validated by the GMAC! GMAT SC is all about meaning clarity. Two or more options can be grammatically correct ... the right meaning wins the day for you. For more details, check ManhattanGMAT Blog. "How to get that coveted 99th percentile score on the current-day GMAT?" CAVEAT: All the recommendations mentioned below are for a 99th percentile score. If you want to score less, you may proportionally reduce the input. The GMAT has not announced the changes in the other sections but let me tell you all about them from my experiences: RC: Not even one direct question is being asked these days. All questions are based on purpose, main point, tone, and very subtle inferences. OCTAVE Technique wins the day for you hands down. You may miss it at your own peril. SHOCKING as it may seem ... NONE of the national / international GMAT training companies seem(s) to have any effective approach to tackle RC. My approach to a 99th percentile score in RCs: Step 1: Master OCTAVE Step 2: Solve at least 200 CR inference questions (YES CR inferences not RC inferences), trying to understand how wrong answers are made wrong; also see HOW CLOSE the choices can be. Step 3: Solve about 200-300 real GMAT + real LSAT passages using OCTAVE ... (Latest RC, OG 10, 11, 12, VR 1, VR 2, LSAT 60 papers) Step 4: Try four-hour sittings with LSAT RCs (at least 8-10 sittings). As the GMAT is a four-hour long affair and as people struggle most while concentrating on RC, the best way to tackle this is to have four-hour long nonstop sittings with RC and only RC. Step 5: For 2-3 consecutive days, solve at the rate of at least 40-50 LSAT passages per day (before your test). If you promise all the above steps to the T, I guarantee 100% accuracy in RC ... CR: