Are you looking to test your GMAT Verbal section abilities with some sample questions? Ready to get started on your GMAT Verbal Reasoning practice? Take this diagnostic test and gauge your ability in Reading Comprehension, Sentence Correction, and Critical Reasoning.
This Magoosh GMAT Verbal Diagnostic test is actually one of multiple free GMAT practice tests offered by Magoosh. To test your math skills, go to our Magoosh GMAT Quant Diagnostic. We recommend taking both the Verbal and Quant tests together.
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You should give yourself 25 minutes to answer the sample questions on this GMAT Verbal Diagnostic test. This will ensure that the pacing on your GMAT quiz will be similar to the pacing of the real GMAT exam you’ll see on test day. The sample questions themselves will come in the three question formats found on GMAT Verbal: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and and Reading Comprehension. Scroll down or click here to read more about the GMAT Verbal question formats. You’ll be viewing your diagnostic GMAT scores and study plan recommendations in no time! (Our study plans themselves can be viewed at the Magoosh GMAT Study Plan page.)
Or if you’re already familiar with these concepts, get started with your GMAT Verbal diagnostic now!
This quiz has 10 questions…. Take a deep breath and do your best.
GMAT Verbal Question Formats: Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension
Now, let’s look at each of the three types of GMAT Verbal questions found on the GMAT exam. Understanding each question type is crucial to good GMAT scores in Verbal. You’ll certainly want to include all three types of GMAT Verbal Reasoning practice in your study plan.
Sentence Correction: Grammar, Idioms, and Writing Style, Oh My!
GMAT Sentence Correction is a key feature of Verbal Reasoning on the GMAT test. It’s also a key feature of Magoosh’s Verbal diagnostic test and an important part of your GMAT Verbal Reasoning practice.
On the GMAT exam, Sentence Correction requires test-takers to look at sentences and select the answer choice that best corrects the given sentence (hence the name). Sometimes the sentence presented in the “question stem” (the part before the answer choices) is already OK as-is. In that case, you can select answer A; answer A will always be the unchanged sentence.
The portion of the sentence that may need correction will be underlined in the original sentence. The answer choices contain text that could replace the underlined part of the sentence. In some cases, the entire sentence is underlined. But more often than not, you’re just correcting a portion of the sentence.
The basic structure of this GMAT exam question type is relatively simple. Still, on the GMAT test, Sentence Correction deals with an astounding variety of mistakes in grammar, idiom use, rhetorical structure, and writing style. Understanding the different Sentence Correction question types will help you get the best possible GMAT scores. If you’d like to browse GMAT exam Sentence Correction questions by category, check out Magoosh’s free library of Sentence Correction GMAT practice questions.
Critical Reasoning: What’s Logic Got to do With It?
Another way to boost your GMAT scores in Verbal is to master Critical Reasoning. On the GMAT test, every Critical Reasoning question has a very short one-paragraph passage, followed by a single multiple choice question about the passage. Each Critical Reasoning passage presents a logical argument or a logic-based sequence of ideas or events. The question will ask GMAT exam test-takers do do things such as examine the assumption or claim that’s being made, or identify a logical conclusion to a passage.
To explore Critical Reasoning in greater depth, see Magoosh’s guide to GMAT Critical Reasoning. This GMAT exam guide includes a list of the question types with examples, a set of Critical Reasoning practice questions, and many tips and tricks for Critical Reasoning. It’s a great companion study guide to Magoosh’s free GMAT practice tests, and it can also help prepare you for other full-length free GMAT practice tests, such as these ones from the Graduate Management Admissions Council.
Ultimately, Critical Reasoning questions are complex and nuanced exercises in logical thought. The answer explanations for the Critical Reasoning portion of Magoosh’s Diagnostic GMAT exam can provide extra insight into Critical Reasoning. So check those explanations out– they’re included in the score report you’ll see that the end of the Verbal GMAT quiz.
Reading Comprehension: Variety is the Spice of the Test
For many students, Reading Comprehension will be the most familiar part of the Verbal GMAT test. This is because GMAT Reading Comprehension questions on the GMAT exam are similar to passages and questions on other standardized tests. With that in mind, GMAT exam Reading Comprehension is also the most varied and unpredictable question format on the exam. The passages can as short as one paragraph, or as long as 4 or 5 paragraphs. The number of questions that follow a passage also varies– you can see 1-5 questions per passage.
And the topics of the Reading Comprehension passages on the GMAT exam vary a good deal too! To be sure, you’ll see a significant number of business-related topics. But just about any topic is fair game: history, science, humanities, art, etc…. Students with the best GMAT scores take time to do some good GMAT reading practice. This ensures that they are comfortable with any topic that might come up in a passage.
The question types vary a bit as well. In GMAT Reading Comprehension, you may be asked to identify a passage’s details or structure. You will also be asked to make inferences, identify author attitudes, and so on. In addition to our free GMAT practice tests, Magoosh offers a wide range of tutorials and example questions for Reading Comprehension on the GMAT test. I particularly recommend the following:
- Guide to the GMAT Exam Verbal Reading Comprehension Question Types
- Multiple Choice Strategies for GMAT Exam Reading Comprehension
- Active Reading Strategies for the GMAT Test
- Sample GMAT Test Reading Comprehension Passage and Question Set
These tutorials can really enhance your GMAT test scores in Verbal, so definitely check them out! And be sure to check out our the answer explanations for the RC questions on the GMAT Verbal diagnostic test. You’ll see those explanations as part of your score result, once you finish Magoosh’s Verbal GMAT quiz.
Diagnostic GMAT Test Results: Answer Explanations, GMAT Scores, and Study Recommendations
Once you’ve taken these free GMAT practice tests (Verbal and Quant), you will be given your test results, both onscreen and via email. (The email version is optional.)
The GMAT scores you get with this Verbal Reasoning diagnostic will come with an answer key and links to answer explanation pages for the questions. Pay close attention to the answer explanations. The answer explanations don’t just tell you why the right answer is correct. They also explain how you can get to the correct answer as efficiently as possible, while avoiding the wrong answers. In short, the answer explanations from your Diagnostic GMAT exam results are like mini-lessons on strategy. They’re full of concepts that are applicable to other similar questions.
You’ll also get GMAT scores with your score report for this diagnostic test, appropriately enough. These scores will come with study recommendations, based on which of the four score groups you fall under. Your Diagnostic GMAT quiz will tell you which GMAT exam score group you belong to, and will give you a link to the GMAT practice recommendations for each score group, as seen on Magoosh’s main GMAT test diagnostic page.
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