Updated March 04, 2010
Let’s get verbal
The GMAT’s Verbal Section contains 41 multiple choice questions, each with 5 different choices, only 1 of which is correct. You will get just 75 minutes to complete the verbal section.
There are 3 different types of questions in the Verbal Section, and all of which will be represented in the test. That means you have to prepare well to all 3 types of questions. You’ll encounter Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning questions.
Sentence Correction questions test your knowledge of sentence structure, including grammar, usage, diction, and expression. You will be presented with a sentence, usually a long one, with a section of the sentence underlined. You will then be presented with 5 variations of the underlined part of the sentence, and you’ll have to select the most correct form. You will need to consider things like verb forms, parallelism, and clarity in order to find the right answer.
The Sentence Correction Info Page will help you learn more, and show you a couple of good examples to illustrate how it all works.
Critical Reasoning questions require you to use logical thinking. You will be presented with a short passage that contains an argument or statement, and a question about that argument. You will need to analyze the argument and find things like underlying assumptions, conclusions, and weaknesses in logic, in order to answer the quesiton you’re asked.
You will find further explanations and useful examples in our Critical Reasoning information page.
Reading Copmrehension tests your ability to understand and text and read critically. You will be presented with a long passage of 200-350 words, which you will have to read and understand. Then you will be presented with 3 or more questions regarding the passage. The passage can be on any topic in the world, from business to science, but no prior knowledge will be required of you. The questions asked will involve the main idea of the passage, specific points and statements contained within the passage, conclusions that can be logically drawn from the passage, and the tone or attitude presented.
The Reading Comprehension info page will teach you how to solve these questions.
Verbal is Fun
The Verbal Section is quite an important part of the GMAT. Many international GMAT aspirants do well on the math section, but not so well on the Verbal one. Therefore, it’s important to practice as many verbal questions as possible. We’ve got lots of practice tests for you to choose from! What are you waiting for? Get started!
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GMAT Verbal Questions (10 problems)