Approaching Inference Questions on the GMAT

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Approaching Inference Questions on the GMAT

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What is GMAT? 

Graduate Management Admission Test is one of the prime requirements for any MBA application. It is the foremost eligibility criteria. In fact, most students choose to apply to certain schools based on the score they have achieved. Either way, once you’ve made up your mind to sit for a GMAT test, it is imperative that you spend some time preparing for the same. 
The test is divided into four sections comprising of Analytical Writing (30), Integrated Reasoning (30), Quantitative (62) and Verbal (65). The 3.07 mins long test is question adaptive, and the difficulty level keeps increasing based on the performance of the test taker. This is one test where we should get excited when we see harder questions as it clearly means we have overcome the medium questions accurately!

The Verbal section is usually harder and most students’ score lower compared to the Quantitative section. The score is scaled from 0-60. The overall score is out of 800 with a separate score for IR and AWA. The verbal sections contains 36 questions divided into 3 main types: Sentence Correction (13-6), Critical Reasoning (10-13) and Reading Comprehension (11-14). The average time per question is 1.8 mins.

Sentence Correction: This section tests your ability to identify and apply grammatical rules to construct logically sound sentences. Focus on the fact that the test is designed to see if you’re able to identify logical flaws in the sentences rather than identify the names of rules which govern them. So, while preparing focus on application of the rules rather than trying to memorize them. Each sentence will have an underlined portion which may have between 0-2 errors. Check for structural errors, stylistic errors as well as options which change the meaning of the statement itself. Once the concept are clear, start correcting those sentences!
Critical Reasoning: One of the most interesting types of question assesses your ability to analyze a given argument. Once you analyze, you are expected to strengthen, weaken, find the underlying assumption, explain the paradox etc. The argument forces you to think within the box and work only with the given facts and premises. One of the easiest strategies is to simplify the language, identify the conclusion and then work on what the question expects you to do. Once the conclusion is clear in your mind working towards proving it right or wrong or justifying it becomes easier. Let’s fix those arguments!
Reading Comprehension: The test presents you with 3 short texts and one long text or 2 short and 2 long texts from varied fields such as humanities, business, social and natural sciences. The questions will challenge your understanding of complex information, ability to draw inferences, highlight flaws in the reasoning, etc.

So, as you can see the entire Verbal section evaluates your grasp over the language from the GMAT perspective. In our master class we plan to work on the hardest of the hardest questions. We love a good challenge and therefore design our class to focus on only the toughest of the lot. So if you’re already at a 650-680 and are trying to push your way up to the 700’s and above, this class is definitely for you. 


Speaker - Vineet Nanda

Vineet Nanda has 11 Years of Experience in Delivering Verbal Ability & Communication-related Training on All Study Abroad Programs. His areas of specialization are GMAT, GRE, SAT, ACT, UCAT,  LNAT, IELTS, TOEFL & PTE.

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