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Tips for the GMAT Verbal Section

The GMAT verbal section is one of the most important sections on the test. It makes up one half of your overall score. The GMAT is different from most other tests you may have taken in school, because it is computer adaptive. That means it gets more difficult the better you do on the test. It is also different because approaching problems strategically is just as important as understanding the underlying concepts. Here are some tips for studying for the GMAT verbal section.

Sentence correction is difficult to study for, because you need to remember examples of both correct and incorrect grammar. Because people have visual memories, you can help yourself with sentence correction by writing examples of incorrect grammar and correct grammar in different colors.

It is also important to take notes for reading comprehension question types. There is a delicate balance of the appropriate amount of notes. Ideally, you want to take just enough notes to outline the structure of the passage. The key is to write down where, not what. You don't need to write down the specific details of things because you have the passage to refer to. However, writing down where things are will help you refer back to things more quickly.

The key to working on critical reasoning questions is understanding the relationship between the premises and conclusion. Those relationships, or lack thereof, will be the key to answering most question types. The premises should be accepted as fact and the conclusion should be questioned only insofar as it relates to the premises.

Understanding the key tips to the GMAT verbal question types will help you be more accurate when working through this section. This will help you attain a higher overall score, which is made up of your quantitative and verbal scores. The higher your score, the more likely you will be accepted to traditional or online MBA programs and the more scholarships you will be eligible for.

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