I've taken 3 AAMC FLs so far, and my Verbal has ranged from 10 to 15. It's really a crap shoot for me =P.I remember the difficulty fluctuated quite a bit, but most importantly that most learning occurs towards the end with VR. I'm not sure what exactly is behind this phenomenon but many people start improving in VR only shortly before the MCAT. It might be because there are less formulas and techniques to master, it's more a way of analyzing and thinking. Just keep on pushing hard and you will eventually improve.
If you really want to know where you are at, take Full-length AAMC tests and see how you are doing on average (with say 3-4 tests).
I don't really believe in Verbal strategies. When I get questions wrong, it's usually do to lapses in attention. I think the best approach is to just skim the questions (in case any of them ask about a specific word or phrase from the passage), then just read the passage.Still though, EK is great practice, although I too like TPR better for verbal (although not their strategies).