GMAT Verbal Tips





The GMAT Verbal section is designed to test how well you can read the given information, analyze it and draw inferences correctly. It is divided into three parts: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction and Critical Reasoning. Here are some of the GMAT verbal tips for all three types of questions:

Reading Comprehension

  • Read a couple of questions that are asked on the passage before you actually read the passage. This will give you an idea about what is being asked on the given information and how to read it.
  • You can note down key words or phrases on a scrap paper to mark the flow.
  • Try to judge the type of the passage. With enough practice you can do it easily.
  • Be extra careful while solving the questions based on the facts and figures.
  • Do not jump to conclusions.
  • Eliminate the information that is irrelevant to the argument.
  • Use the process of elimination and discard the wrong answers.
  • You must have a lot of practice for solving such questions.

Sentence Correction

  • Do not waste time in judging the answer choice (A) because it is the same phrase as given in the sentence.
  • Sentences may have multiple errors. Try to detect them quickly.
  • Eliminate wrong answer choices first.
  • Spelling mistakes and capitalization errors are not considered to be the errors.
  • Substitute your answer choice in the sentence and read the sentence as a whole. It will help you confirm your response.

Critical Reasoning

  • Eliminate irrelevant answer choices first. This will speed up your answering.
  • You may use answer choices and work backwards to zero in on to the correct answer.
  • Separate out the irrelevant information first.
  • Absolute statements like 'always' and 'must' do not form part of the correct answer.

GMAT Data Sufficiency Tips

The GMAT data sufficiency is designed to test your abilities of quantitative reasoning. However, math calculations are not required for this. All the questions have same answer choices. You should in no way try to find any hidden meaning behind the given statements. You can follow the GMAT data sufficiency tips given below:

  • Memorize all the five answer choices as they are the same for every question.
  • Treat each question separately.
  • If any numerical answer is asked you should look for a fixed number.
  • Answer choice (D) says that either statement 1 or statement 2 alone is sufficient to answer the question. Therefore, you can safely discard the answer choice (D) if you can eliminate either (A) or (B).
  • Answer choices (C) and (E) require both statements 1 and 2 to satisfy the given criteria. Therefore you can safely discard answer choices (C) and (E) if either statement 1 or 2 alone is sufficient for the answer.
  • You must work out the geometrical questions using the given information only. Do not make any judgments about lengths or angle sizes.

GMAT Test Day Tips

Along with all the tips about the individual sections one must also keep in mind certain guidelines to follow on the day of the exam. Some of the important GMAT test day tips are as under:

  • Keep all the requisite documents ready and reach the exam hall well in time.
  • Take a good sleep the night prior to your exam.
  • Be absolutely focused while solving your question paper.
  • Solve each subsection strictly as per the time plan.
  • Attempt all the questions.
  • Read the guidelines for the test center carefully and follow them strictly.
  • Wear clothes in layers. This will help you adjust to the weather.

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