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GMAT Verbal Section

The verbal section of GMAT exam is computer adaptive part that forms an integral part of the four sections of the exam. It comes as the third section during the tenure of GMAT exam.

If you plan to crack the verbal segment of GMAT exam with daily English that we use, then the challenge is tough.

For good score bagged by efficiency in English language, one needs to prepare the verbal section of GMAT exam in advance and academic English. Preparing for this particular section of GMAT exam requires time, effort and patience.

In the verbal section of GMAT exam, test takers are expected to answer 41 questions in 75 minutes.

A strategic time management approach for GMAT verbal section is -

First 16 Questions Next 14 Questions Last 11 Questions
30 Minutes 27 Minutes 18 Minutes

The verbal section of GMAT section comprises three types of questions:

a) Sentence correction

b) Critical Reasoning

c) Reading comprehension

Sentence correction
A sentence along with an underlined part is presented with five options. While the first option repeats the underlined part, the remaining four are alternatives for the underlined part of the given sentence. Students need to pick one among the given five options that suits best with the sentence structure.

The aim of the students in the sentence correction questions is to produce the best sentence, as per meaning, grammar and style of English.

During GMAT exam each student has to answer 15 GMAT questions.

Sample question for Sentence Correction of GMAT exam:

Critical Reasoning
To judge the logical reasoning capability of students, GMAT includes 14 critical reasoning questions in the verbal section. The topics and situations covered in the Critical Reasoning section is varied in nature and may include situation based questions as well. Experts comment, that a thorough reading of 30-second for each Critical Reasoning question is required to correctly crack the questions.

Sample question for Critical Reasoning of GMAT exam:

Reading Comprehension (RC)
Another question types that is part of the verbal section of GMAT exam is Reading Comprehension.
The number of Reading passages is four and each of them has around 3-4 questions.
The passage of the Reading Comprehension can be classified into two heads – Long RC (300-350 words) and Short RC(200-250 words). In each GMAT test, students usually answer three short RC and one Long RC.

Passages of the Reading Comprehension are usually falls in to 6 subheads:

  1. Find The Core Idea
  2. Supporting Facts
  3. Conclusions/Inferences
  4. Analogy
  5. Logical Framing
  6. Tone

When the passage of RC section is long, its presented to the GMAT test takers in a split screen format where on the left hand is the passage and the on the right hand are questions, appearing one at a time.

Sample Question for Reading comprehension of GMAT exam:

Tips for Verbal Section of GMAT exam

a)  Know how each of the CR, RC and sentence correction question is going to come in the GMAT exam. Its important to know the format of GMAT verbal exam as it helps to save time and solve fast.

b)  For RC section, allot time in hand that allows you to read each of the passage once thoroughly.

c)  Use flashcard method to improve your vocabulary or stock of words, as it helps to improve your score in GMAT Verbal section.

d)  Use test materials, books and online resources to practice the GMAT verbal section. Also, get your work corrected by professionals or GMAT trainers.

e)  Start preparing for the GMAT Verbal section at least a month prior to the exam date.

Books for GMAT exam

  • The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review 2017 with Online Question Bank and Exclusive Video Paperback
  • Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbook (Kaplan Test Prep) Paperback
  • GMAT Foundations of Verbal (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides) Paperback
  • Verbal Workout for the GMAT (Graduate School Test Preparation) Paperback
  • GMAT Verbal Strategy Guide Set (Manhattan Prep GMAT Strategy Guides) Paperback

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