For many students, it is difficult to get through the entire GMAT Verbal section in the allotted time. It's a lot of reading and analysis, and it's not a lot of fun.
A ground-breaking EMPOWER tactic that will help you to crush the quant section by quickly moving past the questions that don’t matter. It’s also helpful in aiding you to take an educated guess on any question that you’re “stuck” on.
1. Scan the passage, focusing on structure, topic sentences, and the author's opinion. Don't bother with details. To prepare for this, read my article about how to learn to recognize the important parts. This should take no more than two minutes. You may be able to accomplish it in 60-90 seconds.
2. Treat each type of question differently:
With this approach, you can save at least two or three minutes on a passage. The cost may be no more than one wrong answer. Better one wrong answer than three questions missed at the end of the section because you ran out of time!
Of course, if you do struggle with time management on the Verbal section, keep working on it. You may not need to take an "emergency" approach by the time you sit for the exam.
If you continue to have a hard time with the pace of GMAT Verbal, this is a great way to get through the section at minimal cost.
Strengthen/Weaken/Assumption/Evaluate a Plan
Right answers for these questions must meet these two criteria:
1. Who is the argument about?
2. What are they doing?
Eliminate answers that are out of the logical focus of the argument.
Wrong answers tend to use exaggerated language (all, none, will)
Right answers for purpose questions must meet these two criteria
1. Who is the passage or part of the passage about?
2. What is the author doing?
Eliminate answers that are out of the logical focus of the passage.
Wrong answers tend to use exaggerated language (all, none, will) Right answers are extremely unlikely to repeat a line of exact or nearly exact text from the passage
Tempting wrong answers tend to draw on correct ideas, but slightly alter an aspect of what was stated that renders the option wrong.
Singular vs. Plural: The right answers are more frequently singular
Stuck? Go shorter: Approximately 75% of right answers are among the shortest two options (based on publicly released ofﬁcial GMAT questions)
As a general rule, these Verbal question types tend to be more ripe Triage targets:
1. CR Bolded Statement Questions.
2. CR & RC Tedious EXCEPT questions.
3. RC Detail questions that require EXTENSIVE passage revisits.
4. SC questions in which each option is unique (no commonality among the options).