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The Verbal section of GMAT contains 41 verbal questions that need to be solved in 75 minutes.

The Verbal section measures candidates:

  1. Ability to read and comprehend written material with the help of the Reading Comprehension section.
  2. His ability to evaluate arguments with Critical Reasoning and
  3. Ability to evaluate and correct sentences to conform to standard written English with Sentence Correction.

GMAT Verbal Syllabus consists of mainly three sections:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Correction
  • Critical Reasoning

Reading Comprehension (RC)

GMAT Reading Comprehension (RC) passages are of 350 words approximately. You will be given passage on a topic. The idea here is to understand the context of the passage, understand the information provided, and answer questions that follow the passage. The answers are presented in the form of 5 options. Your job is to choose the right answer to the given answer. Typically, the passages are on varied topics such as philosophy, science, art, history, social studies, etc. GMAT does not expect you to have prior ideas about the topics. The questions can be solved within the scope of the given passage. The types of questions range from basic data gathering to inferring from the information presented in the passage.

Critical Reasoning (CR)

The GMAT Critical Reasoning (CR) section is crucial regarding evaluating the test taker’s argument making skill. The most interesting part of the GMAT verbal content is the CR question range. An argument is presented to you. A conclusion follows the argument. And sometimes, the conclusion is left to be inferred. And this is followed by a question stem. You are required to understand the argument, the conclusion and then choose the right option that answers the question stem. A strong critical thinking ability backed by logic helps solve CR questions.

Sentence Correction (SC)

GMAT Sentence Correction questions consist of a long sentence with a portion underlined.  There is the possibility of a mistake in the construction of the sentence, in the underlined part. There are five options given to you, and one of them is the right way to present the sentence. The first option repeats the underlined part as is. If the given sentence is right as such and does not need any corrections, this is the option to choose. Else, it’s one of the other four options.

Sentence correction tests you on grammar. The rules tested in the syllabus are basic English Grammar rules, and you are required to choose the option that makes sure the sentence is right, and the meaning of the original sentence (or what was intended in the first place) is held on to.

GMAT Verbal  and Grammar Syllabus

The following topics are essential subsets of GMAT Verbal Syllabus –

  1. Parts of Speech – Verbs, Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Conjunctions, Prepositions
  2. Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
  3. The Sentence – Clause and Phrase
  4. Subject-Verb Agreement
  5. Pronouns Agreement
  6. Modifiers
  7. Parallelism
  8. Verb Tense

Download the pdf syllabus of GMAT Verbal Syllabus.

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