While focussing on to master the GMAT Verbal section one need to bear in mind that the methodology of adopting short cut tips such as strengthening your idioms, deconstructing GMAT passages, practicing sentence correcting questions, etc., alone will not produce the desired results. A systematic strategic approach to the GMAT Verbal section preparation is crucial and if it is under the guidance of well experienced coaching giants such as QDS Pro, the result will be promising. For that, initially we need to be aware of the GMAT Verbal section, particularly, what it is intends to test you on.
GMAT verbal section is not made up of average English but on the other hand it is sophisticated and academically inflected. Hence to clear the GMAT Verbal section you need to develop a strong reading habit by immersing yourself in words and books (fiction and non-fiction), magazines and newspapers (with national circulation). This will develop an ear for proper English. Also, practice to avoid colloquial writing. Develop a habit of reading fifty pages a day from a variety of sources which will fine tune your brain and makes reading comprehension far less formidable.
As the reading habit develops, the ability to process words will increase and this skill is crucial for Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. When you read a question, you need to anticipate the answer. This anticipation of the correct answer also carries over to sentence correction. By developing an ear for proper English, you should be able to identify what is wrong with the underlined section.
For clearing the GMAT, Verbal section plays a vital role and here are some tips to make the Verbal section easier to cover up:
- Become familiar with the question formats.
In the GMAT Verbal Section, the questions are of three types, “Reading Comprehension”, “Critical Reasoning” & “Sentence Correction”. It is absolutely fundamental to get familiar with the question formats, with their inherent challenges and strategies.
- Don’t spend too much time on vocabulary
Vocabulary is not a big issue on GMAT. As long as you know your basic “Economics 101” terms such as profit, cost, revenue etc, you have all the vocabulary you need.
- Reading Comprehension
While reading a GMAT Reading Comprehension passage, try to explore the main idea and the author’s purpose of writing first, this will then help you deal with the questions easily. Also bear in mind that in an RC question, the message will never be explicitly stated and the ability to infer the same will be measured.
- Most Common Critical Reasoning Questions
The most common Critical Reasoning Questions comes under three categories: “Weaken the argument”, “Strengthen the argument” and “Find the assumption”. More than half of the CR questions on GMAT will be from one of these categories. It is important to have a basic knowledge of Supply & Demand, Labour & Wages, Macroeconomic Growth, Legal system, Statistical testing, etc...
- Sentence Correction Questions
In sentence Correction questions, grammar correction is essential but spending 100% time on grammar correction is not correct, which means that a great deal attention must also be focused on the logic of the sentences to be corrected. Sentence correction also gives priority to ‘Rhetoric Construction’ which tests the phrasing. Rhetorical concerns include whether the language is clear or ambiguous, whether it is direct and powerful instead of weak, etc…
If you are taking the GMAT, it implicitly states that you want to spend your life in the modern business world. In such a scenario you should spend as much time as possible to learn about that business world. Developing a habit of reading THE FINANCIAL TIMES every day and the ECONOMIST MAGAZINE every week will help you pave your way.