The GMAT verbal section is not an easy task to deal with. If the ideal score is 51 not more than 1% test takers can achieve the edge above 45.
There are many question types that are critical to answer in the GMAT verbal section such as critical reasoning, sentence correction and reading comprehension. At the end of this, you will surely find most of your doubts clarified and your training pace is amplified.
These tips develop a strategic thinking ability in you which would be extremely useful at the time you are confused while taking test or while test prep time.
“Hard work is the best alternative to Intelligence” Have you ever heard this? Whatever the type and number of GMAT Verbal tips and tricks you might have learnt, without hard work & practice, expected results can’t be generated.
So, even if it is not included in the tips below, note this as “Hard word is the success tip #1”
Now, let’s go with the other tips and tricks.
Simplified language creates comfort:
Firstly there are three question types in GMAT Verbal and they contain a classical and complicated vocabulary. If you try to understand the concept as it is, there is a chance of at least you would waste time. So, try to rephrase this sophisticated language in your own words.
Especially in critical reasoning and comprehension, simplification is the key to crack these questions. For example a question asks, “what condition” then it can be simplified down to “how is the…”
In the case of sentence correction, you should be dealing with complicated vocabulary. Then, while reading in your mind, omit the parts that you don’t need to process. It makes the process simpler and easier.
Identify the task of the question:
It’s common in the adaptive tests that the questions will tempt you to answer them in an incorrect way (its distraction). That answer might be relevant to the question but actually it does not satisfy the task of the question.
Therefore focus on identifying the task of question being asked and then think about the answer.For example if there is a critical reasoning question asking you to find a weakening evidence for an argument, read the question completely and evaluate the task along with the context first. Then, only think about the task and find the option which fulfills the task.
Likewise, comprehension questions are a bit similar to these; the options given are all true to the question but the correct one is very narrow and objective to the question. It’s all about logic.
This sort of process will help you in eliminating the wrong answers easily. Let’s discuss it now.
The process of elimination:
“Eliminate all the wrong answers and the one left is right” a famous quote from Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. It is easier to pick out wrong ones than trying to find the right one.
Suppose if you are stuck between two options, then try to disprove one of them and the one which is hard to disprove will be the correct answer.
The importance of elimination comes when you can easily judge the answer. It might be a trap many times. So, take a moment to eliminate the wrong.
Because, once you click the ‘next question’, that answer is final and you can’t go back to correct your answer. Therefore ensure that you have picked the right option by the process of elimination before moving to the next question.
GMAT Critical Reasoning tips and tricks:
First read the question type:
In the critical reasoning section, you should start eyeballing on the question stem first. Because you should be aware of the type of the question you are dealing with.
Suppose, if you have to weaken the statement, then you should hover on the flaws of the issue. Conversely if you get some inference type of question, you should focus on synthesizing the argument (inference is generally argument extension).
Logic, evidence and analysis:
The main question categories of GMAT critical reasoning are to strengthen the argument, weaken an argument, and analyze the evidence behind a conclusion or inference from an argument.
For some of the questions, finding the flaw or the key concept will help you choose the correct option.
But sometimes mostly in the case of drawing conclusions and inference, evidence and assumptions will come in hand.
Observe and analyze the question before moving towards the argument. It might look like an unfamiliar question. Once you simplify the question, you will come to know under which category it falls as we have discussed earlier. GMAT critical reasoning questions are something disguised as something else.
GMAT reading comprehension tips and tricks:
Reading passage is the first step:
Without reading the passage, you can’t answer the questions (which many hasty people attempt). Reading the given passage should be your first step not questions. Remember that the program would not allow you to see all questions at a time.
If you read the passage trying to answer the first question, subconsciously you will disregard the information related to the subsequent questions. So, read the passage completely.
And some questions that seem to be about a sub topic or a minute detail might need a perfect understanding to answer them properly.
Understand the idea behind the passage:
Reminding you again, you will have a possibility of choosing the right option if you know what the passage is actually conveying. That’s not all! If you are biased about some particular detail or a sub part of the passage, you are prone to commit mistakes. So think about the ‘real image’ of the passage.
It doesn’t mean to read and reread the passage. Focus on the central idea in the first go through itself.
If some particular details are needed, the passage is available on the top left of the screen and you can refer to it.
It will be helpful if you jot the main idea of the passage. It is really helpful if you take notes. Few people will draw a mind map or a flowchart of the definitions and arguments. Don’t take a lot of notes, we just need reminders here.
GMAT sentence correction tips and tricks:
Oh yes! Here we are supposed to follow many grammar rules. But have concern for some clarity and concision of the sentence. Sometimes, not always but pretty often the concise answer will be the right one. So, whenever you are in doubt, prefer the short ones.
In the sentence correction section, it is intentional to fill the sentence with some technical words; jargon in general. In such a case, if you feel it is hard to understand and discern the error, abbreviate the jargon.
Figure out the answer that makes the same mistake and eliminate them.
Summarizing our discussion, the GMAT verbal section requires some abilities of logic, analysis of the central idea, assumption, grammar etc….
You need to be very confident and you can attain confidence only and only through vigorous practice. Don’t forget time management while in test prep time and also in examination as well.
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