Preparation tips to non-English speakers for GMAT Verbal

    If you are someone passionate about pursuing an MBA from one of those famous universities in abroad then GMAT is the gateway for you. It is the most preferred entrance exam by all the universities worldwide and the GMAT score is a necessity. It has a pretty tricky nature which makes it complicated to most of the candidates. It has four major categories:

    As a non-English speaker, the Verbal section in GMAT can be an added difficulty for you. But, if you have studied English as a second language or a third language in your previous curriculum, you might want to worry a little less. As a part of your previous learnings, you have already been acquainted with the rules of grammar and correct usage of the English language keeping vocabulary, speeches, tenses, and the tones in mind.

    However, a little more practice never hurts. For the GMAT Verbal section, candidates will have to prepare themselves equally as for the other subjects included in the paper. In this exam, candidates have to answer adaptive questions, therefore, the level of difficulty will be decided on the spot, on the basis of their answers to previous questions.

    We have come up with some GMAT preparation tips for students to form a better learning strategy and score good marks in the GMAT Verbal section. Read on to know more!

    Section-wise preparation tips for GMAT Verbal Section

    There are three types of questions asked in the GMAT Verbal section. Among the 36 questions in the verbal section, about 13 questions will be asked from the reading comprehension section, 11 questions will be from the critical reasoning section, and about 12 questions will be asked from the sentence correction section.

    These 36 questions must be answered in 65 minutes. It is important for candidates to know that the order of the questions asked will be determined on the spot. Time management in GMAT is the key to hold tight to, so candidates are advised to keep a track of it and follow the given below section-wise tips to ace the verbal section of the GMAT exam.

    Reading Comprehension Section

    While attempting the GMAT reading comprehension section, you will have to answer questions based on a 250 - 300 words passage from among a variety of topics. You can expect a business-oriented passage, however, sometimes the passages can be asked from humanities and sciences as well. The passage is passive tone and intends to convey information only.

    The types of questions asked in Reading comprehension section of the verbal section in GMAT are:

    1. Specific Questions - these are the questions that demand a precise approach to the questions.
    2. General Questions - these questions want the applicants to look at the bigger picture. The answers to such questions are given with a logical approach.
    3. Critical Questions - To answer these types of questions, you will have to take a critical approach and find the best alternatives for the questions asked.

    While preparing for the reading comprehension section, you must make sure to spend at least an hour to read good publications every day. This will help you to speed up your reading abilities, understanding of sentences, and enhancement of your comprehension skills. Often, students fail to complete the verbal section because of slow reading, this exercise is a solution to that.

    You may not have enough time but, daily reading gives you a sense of what is the passage talking about. Before answering the questions, make notes of the important points from the passage and eliminate the incorrect options. Look for the context that the author is trying to talk about and answer accordingly.

    Critical Reasoning Section

    The critical reasoning section will have questions that test the rationale abilities of the candidate. All the questions will be based on logical arguments. Around 11 questions will be asked in this section. Following are the types of questions asked:

    1. Questions that strengthen the argument - in these questions, you will have to choose a statement to back the argument given in the passage. The answers may not necessarily be given directly, there can be pieces of information given within the passage to back the statements.
    2. Finding a flaw in the argument - Such questions ask you to choose from the options given to prove the statement in the question flawed.
    3. Conclusive argument - In such questions, you will be asked to draw conclusions or infer from the given argument.
    4. Finding assumptions - In these questions, you will be asked to pick up the correct statement with accurate information to hold the argument given in the question correctly.
    5. Finding the paradox or discrepancies - these questions are given to choose the correct option that justifies the paradox given in the argument.

    While attempting the above-mentioned questions, be cautious of what you are being asked for. Read the question carefully and answer accordingly. Avoid response that contains ‘only,’ ‘never,’ ‘always,’ ‘all,’ ‘none,’ ‘best,’ ‘worst,’ ‘must,’ etc. , as they are incorrect most of the time.

    It is advisable to look for the information that is given directly in the passage and take notes of the information to answer correctly.

    Sentence Correction Section

    The sentence correction in the GMAT verbal section basically tests your ability to use English accurately and efficiently. The answers are expected to be concise, clear, and grammatically correct. The types of questions to be expected in the sentence correction are subject-verb agreement questions, verb tense accuracy, idioms, illogical comparisons, parallelism, dangling/ misplaced modifiers, pronoun usage, clarity, and concision.

    So, brace yourself and get going with your preparations for GMAT Verbal section right away by opting for the proper GMAT books for Verbal.



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