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GMAT Verbal Section

Basics, Questions and Practice


GMAT Verbal Section
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GMAT Verbal Basics

Every major standardized test has a Verbal section, and the GMAT is no exception. The GMAT Verbal section, just one of the three test sections on the GMAT, can be tricky, so check out what you need to know about it, here.

GMAT Verbal Statistics

  • 41 questions
  • 75 minutes
  • 3 question types
  • Can earn you between 0 – 60 points

GMAT Verbal Knowledge Tested

This is the simplistic explanation for what you need to know to ace this section of the test. Click on the individual links below for more info about knowledge needed in each type of question. But in general, the GMAT Verbal section tests whether or not you can…

  • Read and comprehend written material
  • Reason and evaluate arguments and
  • Correct written material to conform to standard written English

GMAT Verbal Question Types

As I stated before, there are three types of questions on the GMAT Verbal, and all three will be interspersed throughout the section.

  • 14 – 15 Sentence Correction Questions: Here, you'll identify which of the five choices is correct according to structure, style, grammar, mechanics, usage, idiomatic expressions, concision and clarity.
    More sentence correction info and sample questions

  • 12 – 13 Reading Comprehension Questions: Here, you'll see four passages, followed by three or four questions that ask you to understand, analyze, apply, and interpret the text.
    More reading comprehension info and sample questions

  • 14 – 15 Critical Reasoning Questions: Here, you'll receive a one-paragraph argument passage, a question related to the passage, and answers choices that are designed to test the reasoning skills involved in making arguments, evaluating arguments, and formulating or evaluating a plan of action.
    More critical reasoning info and sample questions

GMAT Verbal Practice

Sure, understanding what's on the GMAT Verbal section is one thing; scoring well on it is another. Here's a place to get some free GMAT Verbal practice before your take the test, and believe me, you'll want to practice.

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