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GMAT Tuesdays: How to Prepare for GMAT Verbal

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:

1) Structure

  • 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?
    • Try a mixture of books, articles, magazines, newspapers, fiction, and non-fiction.
    • We recommend The Economist, The NY Times, The New Yorker, Arts and Letters Daily, and The Atlantic.
    • Be comfortable reading different things (even math!) and interpreting an author’s meaning.

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.

5) Review

  • 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.


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