GMAT Verbal Reasoning | How To Ace The GMAT Verbal Questions
Master the GMAT Verbal Questions with our GMAT Verbal Reasoning section guide, covering GMAT sentence correction, reading comprehension, and critical reasoning
If there’s one thing you should know about the Verbal Reasoning section of the GMAT it’s that it’s not designed to test your proficiency in English; it’s about your verbal reasoning skills.
The common misconception that the GMAT Verbal section is the ‘English’ side of the GMAT exam causes many people (particularly native English speakers) to overestimate their abilities and underestimate the amount of practice and preparation needed to get a good GMAT score.
Instead, GMAT Verbal questions test your ability to understand, analyze, and evaluate information in written English.
Here’s everything you need to know about the GMAT Verbal Reasoning section in our GMAT Verbal Guide:
How is the GMAT Verbal scored?
The GMAT Verbal section (along with the GMAT Quantitative Reasoning section) makes up your score out of 800. In fact, the Verbal section is weighted slightly more towards that score.
Your GMAT Verbal score is based on the number of questions you answer; whether your answers are correct; and the difficulty of the questions you answer correctly, which increases with each correct answer.
How long is the GMAT Verbal section?
You have 65 minutes to complete 36 multiple-choice questions.
All GMAT Verbal questions are multiple choice questions, with five options. The three different GMAT Verbal question types are mixed throughout the section.
What are the different GMAT verbal questions?
What’s on the GMAT Verbal syllabus? The GMAT Verbal section is made up of three sub-sections that count equally towards your score: Critical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Sentence Correction.
GMAT Critical Reasoning
GMAT Critical Reasoning questions test your ability to understand and analyze logical arguments.
For example, you could be presented with a logical argument and are asked to weaken it or strengthen it. You could also be asked to find the assumption the argument is based on, identify the conclusion, or identify the role parts of the argument are playing.
There are also question types which ask you to resolve a paradox, or evaluate what information is most useful to assess an argument.
One useful approach to GMAT Critical Reasoning is to focus on how specific the conclusions of the arguments are. For example, if a question asks about the health effects of a program, the cost, convenience, popularity of the program are not relevant. They are out of scope.