GMAT Verbal Practice: Hacks That Can See You Through

You think you don’t need GMAT Verbal Practice? You believe you can hold your own in a conversation? Does that naturally mean you are going to get through the verbal section of GMAT with flying colors without putting much effort? Well, here’s a fact for you. Reports suggest that it’s not just the non-native English speakers but also those even fluent in the language struggle with it too.

Now that we’ve had the reality check let’s look at the verbal section of your GMAT, everything it involves and tips so that you can practice smartly.

The anatomy of the verbal test

The verbal section of your GMAT will require you to answer 41 questions in 75 minutes. They are divided into three different types with a certain number of questions for each of them.

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  • There are about 15 questions for Sentence Correction.
  • You will find about 14 questions based on Critical Reasoning.
  • 12 of the questions are meant for Reading Comprehension.

Simple hacks for GMAT Verbal Practice

Vocabulary matters

While there are those who believe that your basic Economics vocabulary can do the trick for you, it doesn’t hurt to use smart strategies to get ahead of the curve. Use flashcards. If you are a smart phone user, you already know the number of vocabulary apps available. Install one of them and have two/ three words of the day flash on your screen every alternate hour. It helps infinitely.

Get the gist of things

The most common question in the Reading Comprehension section is “what was the author’s idea behind writing the passage?” The message can be subtle and you need to steer clear of extraneous details. Focus on the issue at hand, theories within the issue that the author talks about, etc.

Let’s get Critical (Reasoning)

Strengthen the argument, weaken the argument, and find the assumption, are the three common types of questions you will encounter here. You will be well served by knowing the basics of topics like labor and wages, the legal system, supply and demand, etc. You can also use realistic view of the world to help you with some questions that have improbable scenarios.

Put some logic to it

The Sentence Correction questions are not just about grammar; several of them will require you to use logic to them too. Rhetorical Construction and Parallelism are the other aspects of the sentences where you will have to focus on analysis as much as grammar.

Use high quality resource material, keep reading and practicing to master the verbal section of your GMAT.

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