GMAT Verbal Section

The last section on the GMAT is the Verbal Section which is multiple-choice. You have 75 minutes in which to answer questions. The Verbal question types consist of Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, and Reading Comprehension.

GMAT Critical Reasoning Questions

Critical Reasoning questions are designed to test your analytical skills. You are presented with a short piece of text in which a writer makes an assertion or states a point of view and then tries to support it, and a question relating to the text. Your task is to find the answer choice that strengthens or weakens the argument. You may also be asked to find an assumption that the argument makes or to make an inference yourself.

To do well on critical reasoning questions, you need to understand the structure of the argument. Identify the conclusion, what evidence there is to support it and what assumptions are made to draw the conclusion. Think about these steps before you look at the answer choices or the intentionally tricky wording of the answers can confuse you.

GMAT Sentence Correction Questions

Sentence Correction questions test your knowledge of written English. You are shown a sentence (which can be very long and contorted) and some or all of the sentence will be underlined. Your task is to find the most grammatically correct version of the underlined section from amongst the answer choices.

For each sentence correction question, read the original sentence carefully before looking at the answers. If you spot an error, you can eliminate Choice (A) immediately, because Choice (A) always restates the language of the original. You may be able to instinctively "hear" whether the sentence is correct by using the intuitive "ear" that you've developed by speaking and reading English.

GMAT Reading Comprehension Questions

When faced with a passage in a Reading Comprehension question, remember that you don’t need to memorise all the information in it. Instead, read through it quickly the first time and try to get a feel for the topic, the author's purpose, and the scope of the passage—that is, how broadly or narrowly the writer treats a subject. Read through each passage before looking at the questions so you don't get overly confused.