Are you a non-native English speaker who is struggling with TOEFL, GMAT, or other English-related exams?
Actually, I was one of those and spent a lot of time and energy in studying for the reading section of TOEFL and the verbal section of GMAT to get into a business school in the U.S.
When I started studying TOEFL and GMAT, I had already over 900 points on TOEIC, so I was thinking I could easily get my score high enough to meet the criteria of at least top 20 University in the U.S. after I prepared well.
However, things didn’t go well as I was expecting. Especially, in the verbal section of GMAT, I couldn’t even get a half of my target score.
I hit a lot of textbooks and did hundreds of quizzes and remembered all the words and idioms that are required in the verbal section. I also read English newspapers like the Wall Street Journal everyday.
I believed I did all things I could do, but my score was still unacceptably low. (I almost punched the display monitor when I saw that score! you understand that feeling, don’t you?)
I thought at the time that I might already hit the limit of my English ability and almost gave up getting into a business school.
One day, one of my friends who had already graduated from a business school in the U.K. told me, “you should try reading some textbooks for American junior high school students instead of reading the Wall Street Journal.
When I heard that advice, I thought “What? Me reading Junior High School’s text books? That’s so ridiculous!”
But since I couldn’t come up with other solutions, I decided to follow his advice. and I actually started reading Penguin Readers.
If you have never heard of the books, please check the following links. I think you can also find it at some large book stores near your place.
Anyway, I started reading them from level one or two which was so easy to read that I didn’t even feel I was studying for GMAT.
After I read a lot of those books from level one to six for three months, my verbal section of GMAT suddenly jumped up. I couldn’t even believe the result at the first sight.
After all, one of the big differences between native and non-native English speakers is the reading speed of English.
and the best way to get your reading speed faster is not to read difficult articles like Wall Street Journal but to read bunch of articles that are a little easier for your English reading ability.
If you really struggling with the verbal section of GMAT or TOEFL. I recommend that you try this one too. It’s reasonable, fun to read, and good for your education too.
I hope this tips help you crack the GMAT and TOEFL.