The verbal section of the GMAT gives you 75 minutes to answer 41 multiple-choice questions. The questions are designed to test your ability to comprehend written materials, evaluate arguments, and identify and correct grammatical errors. Your performance on the GMAT verbal section will receive a scaled score of 0-60.
The GMAT verbal section contains the following question types:
Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension requires you to read a selection and then answer a number of questions about the content, tone, main idea, and structure of the passage.
Sentence Correction: Sentence Correction questions present you with a sentence that may or may not contain a grammatical error. You will have to select the choice that is free from mistakes and exhibits the greatest clarity and coherence.
Critical Reasoning: Critical Reasoning requires you to evaluate and understand the nature of various arguments, through identifying their conclusions, supporting evidence, and underlying assumptions.
Sentence correction questions present a statement in which words are underlined. You have to select from the answer options the best expression of the idea or relationship described in the underlined section. The first answer choice always repeats the original phrasing, whereas the other four provide alternatives.
Business success depends on a number of diverse skills, and one of the most important of these skills is the ability to communicate effectively. The GMAT focuses on your reading and writing skills. Knowing the rules of standard written English is essential to good writing.
A sentence can be grammatically accurate and still need correction. Sentences that exhibit awkward, wordy, imprecise, redundant, or unclear constructions require fixing. These errors are called errors in rhetorical construction. The right answer will often simply sound better to you.
Critical Reasoning questions are major part of the verbal section of the GMAT which cannot be ignored. These questions are designed to test your logic and reasoning skills, particularly in evaluating arguments. The questions themselves could deal with almost any subject matter, and no familiarity with that subject matter is assumed or required.
The verbal section of the GMAT mixes reading comprehension questions with critical reasoning questions and sentence correction questions. So you may correct grammatical errors in a few sentences and then come across a set of reading comprehension questions. About one-third of the 41 questions in the verbal section are reading questions. You will see a split screen with an article passage on the left and a question with five answer choices on the right.
The GMAT verbal section has 41 questions, and you are allotted 75 minutes to answer them. That comes out to less than two minutes per question. If you spend too much time answering reading-comprehension questions, you have less time to consider the sentence-correction and critical-reasoning questions that also comprise the verbal section.