English gets hard when you dig deep, but it gets tougher when it is asked in an exam like GMAT. GMAT verbal section can baffle best of the native speakers, and you have snowball’s chance in hell. But these GMAT verbal tips can improve your verbal score and enhance your skills surpassing your old score. Let’s get started with these effective tips.
1) Get familiar with Question format
GMAT verbal section is classified into 3 question formats
- Reading Comprehension
- Critical Reasoning
- Sentence Correction
If you understand these formats, you can forge different strategies to counter them. This familiarity will help you to hike your verbal and overall GMAT score.
2) Rephrase and Simplify Comprehension
The English what you witness in the GMAT is sophisticated and baffling. The problem is faced while solving a comprehension which includes advance English vocabulary. Though comprehension appears to be a piece of cake, many people lose their marks and targeted score. The best strategy will be rephrasing the entire comprehension and simplifying it in a language best understood. This strategy will ease your burden and help you to solve a comprehension in no time. The strategy can be applied to critical reasoning, but it works best for comprehension.
3) Focus on Common Comprehension Questions
The frequently asked questions in reading comprehension can help you score big. Some common questions are
a) What is the main idea?
b) What was the author’s purpose in writing this passage?
Obviously, the answer will differ from comprehension to comprehension, but it will help you prepare and make you assertive while solving them.
4) The Elimination Process
Every comprehension question will be a multiple choice, and a solo answer will be correct. You need to have an ‘eye of an eagle’ to pick the right one, but unfortunately, many of you fail at it. The Elimination processes should help you to get the legit pick. You need to focus on every answer and try to disapprove it. The answer which cannot be disapproved will be your right pick.
5) Prioritise The Question Stem
Reading a question stem before an argument gives you an idea about the question to be answered. While prioritizing a question stem, always watch out for the category of argument. It could either be a weak argument or an inference argument. If it’s a weak argument, then a conclusion can easily be predicted. If it is an inference argument, then it will resume.
Bear hunt in spring but sleep in winter.
which of the following statement is correct
a) Bears hibernate in winter
b) Bears feel cold in winter
c) Bears are lazy animal
d) Bears cannot find food in winter
If you think deep and consider scientific facts, then correct answer is option ‘A’
6) Think like a detective
A detective looks for any evidence which supports a conclusion, and an unstated assumption. While solving a critical question, you need to analyze all the aspects of an argument, try to collect all the evidence which will lead to a conclusion.
The ruling party lost the elections and reason was their work in recent years
Strengthen the argument and try to find a right conclusion
a) Nobody vote for them
b) Ruling party didn’t implement their election manifesto
c) Opposition played their trick
d) It was election committee fault
If you understand the question, the evidence is “Their work in recent in years” which concludes option ‘B’ to correct as the party didn’t live up to expectations they promised.
7) Focus on Common Critical Reasoning Questions
The frequently asked questions in critical reasoning can make an enormous difference. Some questions are as follows
a) Weaken the argument
b) Strengthen the argument
c) Find the assumption
If you master all the 3 types, you master 1/3rd of the verbal section.
8) Aim for the short sentence
If you are an expert in English grammar, then you will solve sentence correction at ease. But this sentence correction tip will help you to get a better score. While solving a sentence correction question, aim for the shortest answer available. If your answer sounds correct, then choose it.
The national team lost the final and they have been booed for their performance.
Make correction in the sentence by replacing they have been
a) have been
b) has been
We look for the shortest of all the answer but also make sure it to be correct. ‘The national team lost the final and were booed for their performance’ is both grammatically correct and makes sentence concise. Option ‘C’ will be the right answer.
9) Reduce ‘Sophisticated’ words
You will come across advance vocabulary which adds hefty meaning to a sentence. The best strategy is to replace such words with their shortest counterparts. This will ease the complexity of a sentence and make it understandable.
The Persians were ambushed by the Spartans and have been killed until they reached their camp.
Correct the sentence
If you are good at understanding a sentence then you will understand the approximate meaning of the word ‘ambushed’. You can replace it with a word like ‘attacked’ and still, the sentence does not lose its original meaning.
10) Use Vocabulary building games
There are many games available which can help you in building vocabulary with the help of interactive gaming technics, PrepChief‘s PrepVocab is one among them, It helps you in learning GRE/GMAT/CAT Vocabulary using gaming techniques.