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Gmat Ver­bal Prepa­ra­tion Tips

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

  1. Read­ing Com­pre­hen­sion
  2. Crit­i­cal Rea­son­ing
  3. 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
c) were
d) was

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
a) has
b) have
c) was
d) were

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.

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