GMAT Verbal Study Guide

The best verbal study guide available on the Internet. Here, verbal section is no longer feared. Instead, you will find it easy to “read a passage, correct a sentence, and critique reasoning”. Also, we present test prep strategies in an interesting and simple way. For instance, in the prep guide for Reading Comprehension, you will find one principle, two writing styles, three subjects, four-step process, five types of question, and six test points. Features of our Verbal Study Guide include, but are not limited to:

Reading Comprehension

  • The six test points will in advance introduce what would be tested before you read a question. As you are reading a passage, you become alarm to certain words or phrases that would later act as clues for answering the questions.
  • Keywords locating techniques to find what you want when you are answering the questions. You will not waste time re-reading the WHOLE passage.
  • Summary of three (and only three) subjects that may be addressed on the test day. Special tips to answer question for each of them: business, social science, and natural science.

Critical Reasoning

  • Covers the Bolded Question, a new type of question that recently appeared on GMAT CAT.
  • Analysis of typical wrong choices. Your will be able to eliminate at least three wrong choices even that you can’t fully understand a question or a passage.
  • The Three-element Rule will help you understand, critique any argument that you may encounter on the test day. By recognizing three elements, you can pick up the correct choice quickly and decisively.

Sentence Correction

  • Summary of 14 types of grammar errors and mechanical usages that cover 95% of errors in Sentence Correction.
  • Grammar review before, and solved examples after each type of errors.
  • Special techniques to attack the whole underlined questions.

Table of Contents: GMAT Verbal Study Guide

Chapter 1 Reading Comprehension

Section 1: One Principle

Section 2: Two Styles
1. Presentation
2. Argumentation
3. Organizational Structure

Section 3: Three Subjects
1. Natural Science
2. Social Science
3. Business Subject

Section 4: Four-step Process of Reading
1. Dissect the introductory paragraph.
2. Skim the passage and get the author’s main point
3. Diagram the organization of the passage
4. Tackle the questions and correspondently refer to the passage.

Section 5: Five Types of Questions
1. Main Idea Question
2. Recall Question
3. Inference Questions
4. Critical Reasoning Question
5. Difficult-to-locate Question

Section 6: Six test points
1. Comparison
2. Example & Listing
3. People, Date & Place
4. Special Punctuation
5. Words of Attitude and Transition
6. Complicated Modifier

Chapter 2 Sentence Correction

Three-step method
Section 1: Subject-Verb Agreement
Section 2: Verb Time Sequences

Section 3: Modification
A. Adjective or adverb as a modifier
C. Clause as a modifier
D. A phrase as a modifier
E. Appositive as a modifier

Section 4: Parallelism
Section 5: Pronoun

Section 6: Comparisons
1. Quality Comparison
2. Quantity Comparison
3. Analogy

Section 7: Choice of Word
Section 8: Idioms
Section 9: Sentence Structure
Section 10: Subjunctive Mood
Section 11: Ambiguity
Section 12: Redundancy
Section 13: Awkward
Section 14: Logicality
Summary: Finding an error step-by-step in Sentence Correction

Chapter 3 Critical Reasoning

Section 1: Introduction to Critical Reasoning
1. One Definition: Argument
2. Four-steps process
3. Three-elements Rule
4. Two Traps
5. Five Answer Choices

Section 2: Six Types of Reasoning
1. Deductive Argument
2. Generalization
3. Analogy
4. Causal Reasoning
5. Identifying Assumption
6. Business Thinking
Section 3: Seven Common Fallacies

Section 4: Eight Types of Question
1. Inference
2. Assumption Questions
3. Strengthen or Weaken Questions
4. Paradox Questions
5. Evaluation Questions
6. Conclusion Questions
7. Complete Questions
8. Boldface Questions

Free Chapter: GMAT Verbal Study Guide

The following is an extract from the introductory section, first chapter of the Verbal Study Guide. There are totally three chapters in the GMAT prep course, and each chapter is divided into several sections.

Reading Comprehension on the test day

On the GMAT exam, you expect to see three to four Reading Comprehension passages with approximately three to four questions for each passage. However, you’ll only see one question at a time on the screen. Totally, there are about 14 questions for Reading Comprehension.

The passages presented depend on how well you are performing on the test. However, unlike other parts of the test, the questions presented do not depend on your performance. That means, after you are assigned a reading passage, the next question presented for the same passage will not base on your performance for the last question.

Why Reading Comprehension is a nightmare to most students?

Most people find the passages difficult to understand because the subject matter is dry, unfamiliar and could be anything. Obscure subject matter is chosen so that your reading comprehension will be tested, not on your knowledge of a particular subject. The more esoteric the subject the more likely everyone taking the test will be on an even playing field. Also, in order to make sure that nobody can take advantages on a particular subject, the test-maker takes every effort to diversify the subjects of the three or four passages on your test day.

Furthermore, the passages use a formal, compact style. They are typically taken from articles in academic journals, but they are rarely reprinted verbatim. Usually the chosen article is heavily edited until it is honed down to about 200 to 400 hundred words. The formal style of the piece is retained but much of the “fluff” is removed. The editing process condenses the article to about one-third of its original length. As a result, a GMAT passage contains about three times as much information for its length as does the original article. This makes it difficult to read.

In addition to being dry and unfamiliar, GMAT passages often start in the middle of an explanation, so there is not point of reference. Finally, the passages are untitled, so you have to hit the ground running.

How to use this chapter

In order to make it easier for you to prepare for GMAT test, we have developed an interesting course for Reading Comprehension. You will find this chapter all in number, as the section # suggests. We hope this would help you learn the prep strategies.

Section 1: One Principle

Section 2: Two Writing Styles

Section 3: Three Subjects

Section 4: Four-step Procedure for Attacking a Passage

Section 5: Five Types of Question

Section 6: Six Test Points


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