GMAT Verbal Strategies

Verbal reasoning ability is one of the qualities required for MBA program. Your aptitude in verbal reasoning is tested in the Verbal section. It is about how well you can understand and analyze the given information to come to a conclusion. It has three subsections: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning. Preparation for the test must include the techniques to solve the paper in a certain manner. Every prep guide and course on the test includes strategies for preparation and attempting the question paper. Guidelines can help you attempt every question in the verbal section in a specific way. Tips to solve the questions can save a lot of your time which otherwise you will spend in understanding the question and solving it.
You will find a number of websites that offer tips to tackle the various sections. These are the techniques that have evolved over years of experience and practice. The GMAT is a standardized test and therefore, these pointers address exactly those issues which are tested in the exam. We present some of the tips as under:


Reading Comprehension

  • Just scan through the passage immediately. It will give you an idea about the type of for the passage. It can be based on anything from science to business. Science based passages will require you to note the factual information given in the passage.
  • Next thing you should do is to read the questions quickly. Once you have understood the types of questions that are asked, you can again read the passage, this time slowly. You will automatically pause at the information related to the questions.
  • You should note down important key words, facts or phrases on a scratch paper.
  • Tackle every question independently. The questions are generally asked sequentially as per the flow of the passage.
  • Practice a lot!

Sentence Correction

  • Correct answer will make the sentence grammatically and structurally correct. So, look for such answer choices.
  • The sentence can have multiple errors. Hence, try to locate all the errors.
  • Eliminate wrong answers quickly. This way you will be left with few choices to select from.
  • Answer choice (A) will always be the same phrase as given in the sentence. So, no need to read it at all. In very few cases it will be the correct answer choice.
  • Spelling and capitalization errors are not relevant.

Critical Reasoning

  • Narrow down your choices by eliminating the wrong answer choices first.
  • True answer choices may not be correct.
  • You should identify the assumptions and the conclusions given in the passage.
  • Sometimes working backwards using the given answer choices may lead you to the correct answer quickly.
  • Correct answer will always be neutral in tone.

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