Hello and Welcome to GMAT Tuesday! 🙂
Today, we are going to talk about how to study for the Verbal Section of the GMAT.
Some high-level highlights:
- Know the format of the GMAT Verbal Section before test day. For example, you need to know:
- The number of questions (41)
- How long the section lasts (75 minutes)
- Whether it’s computer adaptive like the Quantitative Section (It is.)
- That you can’t go back after answering a question
- The question types you’ll see (critical reasoning, reading comprehension, sentence correction)
- Strategies for solving each question type
2) Read, Read, Read, Read … !
- Immerse yourself in words by reading as much as you can.
- Really. You really can’t read enough.
- Try to read 40-50 pages per day, or approximately 1-2 hours
- What should you read?
3) Think in your own words
- When you read, practice digesting the information and putting it into your own words.
- Synthesize and summarize.
4) Focus on ONE area at a time
- Choose a question type (critical reasoning, for example) and focus only on it for a designated amount of time (maybe a week or so).
- Understand sub-question types and common wrong answer types.
- Complete practice questions and review your wrong answers.
- Become an expert in that area, then move on to another question type.
- Don’t forget to go back and review, even after you’ve moved on to another aspect of the GMAT Verbal Section.
- Review concepts and question types – don’t just move from one concept to the next and never return.
- Answer the same questions again, even if you got them right the first time.