Get the Most Out of GMAT Verbal Section – Effective Tips and Strategies

Tips and Strategies for GMAT Verbal Section:

I have been interacting with several GMAT aspirants, many of whom are non-native English speakers and they all seem to find GMAT verbal section really challenging and they’ve hence come to believe that getting a score of 40+ in verbal is near impossible. I’m listing down a few simple and effective tips to help you achieve the best possible score:

1. STOP being scared of the verbal section and START getting comfortable with it. You can do this by simply reading more books, news articles etc. For most people reading is a hobby and they thoroughly enjoy the experience. Try to make reading a hobby, it will help you grow your vocabulary and make you feel comfortable with this section.

2. Each sub-section is different: Verbal section is further divided into three sub-sections, “Reading Comprehension”, “Critical Reasoning” and “Sentence Correction”. Understand carefully that each of these sub-sections is different from each other and they demand a different kind of preparation. All three sections are trying to test a different aspect of your verbal aptitude.

3. GMAT Verbal Practice Tests: The importance of practice tests cannot be stressed enough. Try to take at least 10 separate GMAT simulated practice exams over a period of one month. You will be surprised how many mistake you make during these simulated tests. By doing this, you have the best possible chance of overcoming most of these mistakes.

GMAT Reading Comprehension:

o Most of the study guides advocate “active reading” by jotting down notes while reading. This is said to help you remember the sentences better compared to just reading them. But the most effective way of doing this is by trying to connect with the “story” given in those 2-3 paragraphs. You really won’t need to note all the sentences, just write the few points which form the gist of the paragraph and that should be enough.

o If you’re running short of time for the last reading comprehension you should start by reading the questions first. This way you are focused on answering that particular question itself instead of trying to get an overall understanding.

o It is often seen that 3 out of the 5 choices are purely irrelevant to the question asked. Use this logic and eliminate those choices without wasting much time.

GMAT Critical Reasoning:

o Identify words in the answer choice which are repeated words from the passage. More often than not, the correct choice will be the one which has words from the passage.

o By way of elimination, you can remove couple of the irrelevant choices. Try doing this during the many simulated tests that you are going to take.

o It is essential to re-read and understand exactly what the question is asking. It is in fact much better to look at the question first, even before studying the statements.

o Study all the answer choices meticulously. Before first checking and examining all the options, you cannot be completely sure of the correct answer.

GMAT Sentence Correction:

o This section is similar to Math problems, in the sense that there are certain pre-defined grammatical principles which cannot be compromised. Use your GMAT reference material to get a thorough knowledge of all the “rules” of sentence formation.

o Read the sentence out loud (not loud enough to disturb others). There is a very high chance that you’ll spot the mistake while doing this. You will realize that some sentence do not SOUND right. Do it for all the answer choices and you can eliminate all the wrong ones.

o After elimination if there are only 2 choices left, try to choose the one which looks and sounds crisp.

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