Verbal section

Last updated: 12 Feb 2015

The verbal section of the GMAT consists of a slightly more rapid 41 questions in 75 minutes. and tests your reading comprehension, logic and grammar.

There are three types of questions reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction.

For all three types of questions, you must choose the best answer out of 5 answer choices.

There is no order to these questions in the verbal section, as they are intermingled throughout the section. However, reading comprehension questions usually come together in groups of 3-5 questions about the same excerpt from an article.

Reading comprehension

Reading comprehension questions test your understanding of the content of short, up to 350 words, excerpts from articles on 1) business and economics, 2) science and technology, and 3) the humanities or social sciences.

Despite the fact that the readings come from one of these three areas, no prior knowledge of the material is required nor expected.

Critical reasoning

Critical reasoning questions ask you to identify the structure and determine the effectiveness of short arguments. Again, no previous familiarity with the material is expected.

Sentence correction

Sentence correction questions ask you to identify the best way of writing a phrase, or part of a phrase, among five possibilities.

One part of a sentence (or sometimes the whole sentence) is underlined, and you must decide which answer choice best completes the sentence, taking into consideration the grammatical rules of standard written English.

The first answer choice, A, is always the same as the original sentence.

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