# GMAT Verbal Reasoning Section – Skills

Overall, the goal of the Verbal Reasoning section of the GMAT is to accurately evaluate your ability to read a text, understand its content, synthesize ideas from it, and effectively communicate in written standard English. In comparison to the Quantitative Reasoning section, preparing for the Verbal Reasoning section of the GMAT can feel vague. Quantitative Reasoning accesses our high school math knowledge, so preparing for it begins with refreshing arithmetic skills and a handful of basic formulas. Verbal Reasoning, on the other hand, requires refreshing skills that are not quite a simple to nail down.

You will want to start off your preparation by taking a practice test. This will help you have a sense for the exam environment and your own stamina. Also, looking over the score at the end will help you to pinpoint what weaknesses need to be worked on before exam day. The following skills to work on are listed in no particular order; what you choose to work on should depend on the skills you know you need to focus on.

• Brush Up on Grammar Skills

If concrete rules and concepts are your comfort zone, start with reviewing your grammar skills. While there are exceptions to grammar rules, you can bet that for the most part, you will be seeing straightforward grammar mistakes when you are working on Sentence Correction questions. Often, Sentence Correction questions will try to confuse you with a long, overly complicated sentence which obfuscates the grammatical error. Aside from feeling comfortable with the very basics, practice looking for errors in subject-verb agreement, parallel construction, and misplaced modifiers. Even a complex sentence should not be overly wordy or confusing, so also consider that if you are trying to decide between two possible answers.

• Recognizing Facts

When it comes to Reading Comprehension questions and Critical Reasoning questions, it is vital that you are able to quickly recognize facts and distinguish them from opinions. Especially in Critical Reasoning questions where arguments are being made, you'll need to remember that a fact is verifiable and objective, based on data, observations and/or statistics. On the other hand, opinions are subjective and unverifiable. Often times, you will see opinions in a question which are supported with facts, but that does not mean they are strong arguments.

• Practice Paraphrasing