So you’ve finally found the perfect online MBA program, but there’s just one more hurdle to overcome—passing the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test). You think you might have most sections covered, which is great, but there’s just one area that’s causing a bit of anxiety—verbal reasoning. You are not alone on this one, as many future MBAs often struggle to get through this section. The good news is, “if you prepare strategically,” says Texas A&M Corpus Christi (TAMUCC), “it can be a very manageable section to master.”
Here’s what to expect: the verbal reasoning section contains three types of questions including critical reasoning, reading comprehension, and sentence correction. All questions are multiple-choice and there are a total 41 questions to be completed in 75 minutes. This gives you an average of 1.83 minutes per question. Sentence correction has the largest number of questions, with an average of 17 questions per section. “This question type requires students to use their grammar knowledge to select the most grammatically logical answer choice.”
Explains TAMUCC, a typical sentence correction question looks like this:
After failing English, Mary's parents were disappointed and so was she.
A. Mary's parents were disappointed and so was she.
B. Mary was disappointed, and so were her parents.
C. Mary was disappointed, and so was her parents.
D. Mary's parents and her were disappointed.
E. Mary was disappointed, and so are her parents.
The second largest section is reading comprehension. “There are four passages in the section” explains TAMUCC, “and around 13 questions split up amongst those passages.” Questions in this section range from general to specific. Per TAMUCC, some examples include:
- What was the author's main point?
- How would you characterize the author's tone?
- What is the relationship between the first and third paragraphs?
- The author mentions the giraffes to illustrate the point that...
The shortest section, critical reasoning, consists of 11 questions. “These questions consist of an argument followed by a question relating to that argument.” Examples of those questions include:
- Which of the following would weaken the argument?
- Which of the following is a flaw in the author's reasoning?
- What is an assumption on which the argument depends?
For potential MBA applicant’s studying for the GMAT, TAMUCC offers this advice: there isn't a lot of outside material to learn to master GMAT verbal questions, so “the bulk of your studying should be practicing answering questions and going over answers.” Doing so will help you prepare well for the verbal section.
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