Preparation Tips and Strategies for GMAT Reading Comprehension

    Sayantani Barman Sayantani Barman
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    GMAT is an exam that requires strict practice from the end of test-takers. For scoring well in GMAT, one needs to clear each idea interlinking in each subject. Good GMAT scores can be secured only by scoring well in each section. Those who are from engineering background aim to score well in GMAT Quant. Most of the quant questions require logical reasoning along with basic mathematical operations. Test takers from humanities backgrounds usually prefer GMAT Verbal to score well.

    Test takers have to understand each section of GMAT requires proper logical reasoning and analytical skills.Reading Comprehension in GMAT verbal belongs to such a section. There is a total of 36 questions to be attempted in 65 minutes. In GMAT Verbal section, only one-third portion is dedicated to Reading Comprehension.

    GMAT Verbal: Reading Comprehension

    Mostly in reading comprehension section of GMAT Verbal, test takers get a total of 3 short passages and 1 long passage. Mostly short passages comprise 200-250 words and long passage of 300-350 words respectively. Sometimes, the exam pattern for this section can be two long passages and two short passages. All these passages are excerpts from journals, scholarly articles, and textbooks. These passages always center on topics like social science, business world, humanities, technology, and natural sciences. Test takers need to answer questions from the information given in the passages, not outside sources.

    Split-screen has been used in GMAT for easy access to questions along with the passage. Test takers read the comprehension on the left side of the screen while the questions appear on the right side. One question at a time will always appear on the computer screen.

    Few things to remember for GMAT Verbal Reading Comprehension

    GMAT Reading Comprehension measures the ability of the test takers to analyze and understand the information given in the passages. By reading information given, test takers can assume few concepts required to answer questions. Few things to remember for GMAT Reading Comprehension are as follows

    • Understanding the phrases and statements and words given in the passages
    • Finding out logical relationship and coherence between paragraphs within the passage
    • To come to a conclusion
    • Finding out reasoning and assumption from the given statements
    • Always follow GMAT Quant concepts even while attempting questions in the verbal section

    GMAT Reading Comprehension: Question Types

    GMAT Reading Comprehension measures the ability to recognize the concepts present within the passage. Few concepts are noticed within reading comprehension of GMAT. Test takers need to focus on both micro and macro levels of the passage to answer questions asked in this section.

    GMAT Reading Comprehension: Main Idea

    In this section, test takers are asked to give a summarization of the passage given or to identify the author’s purpose to write this particular passage. Often questions appear from this section are: what is the central idea of this passage or the main idea asked in this passage.

    While finding out the answer choices, test takers often get puzzled by not finding out the actual option from the passage. One needs to find out the central idea present within the answer choices by paraphrasing the idea. Examiners want to check how well the candidates recognize the micro and macro idea of the passage.

    GMAT Reading Comprehension: Supporting Idea

    In this kind of question type, test takers are asked about the factual details required to support the main idea. In GMAT Reading Comprehension question of this kind tests how well the test taker finds out the interlinking connection between the passages. Mostly these sub-topics are explained explicitly.

    GMAT Reading Comprehension: Tone

    Few questions are asked to know about the tone of the passage. In this question type, examiners measure how well the test takers read between the lines of the passage to understand the underlying tone of the author. In GMAT reading comprehension passages, tone and style play important roles. To read with concentration, test-takers will only find out the specific tone used in the passage.

    Strategies to attempt GMAT Reading Comprehension Questions 

    To score well in this section of the exam, test takers need to follow a few preparation tips. Few strategies for GMAT Reading Comprehension are as follows: 

    • Test takers should read question before reading passages to know about the question styles.
    • 36 questions to be attempted in 65 minutes, therefore, 1minutes 48 seconds are there to attempt each question.
    • GMAT Reading Comprehension will take a longer time than other sections of verbal.
    • While practicing GMAT Reading Comprehension at home always use a timer for strict time management
    • Never spend more than 6 minutes and 8 minutes for short and long passages respectively.
    • If you fail to understand the meaning of any particular word, try to guess the meaning from the phrases given around the particular word
    • Always follow the mental summary to give answers to following questions like what, when, why, who, and how
    • Always focus on the questions being asked within the passage, never deviate from the question
    • Read all the answer choices given so that you can eliminate choices easily
    • Whenever reading the passage, always take important notes that can be referred to in future

    Best of Luck for GMAT!!!

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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