Online Lesson: GMAT Reading Comprehension Question Types [Video]

Like we discussed in our GMAT Time Management Made Simple video, different types of Reading Comprehension questions deserve different amounts of time on test day. But what types of questions are there on the Reading Comprehension section of the GMAT? How do we determine which of these questions to spend more or less time on? And what can we do to save time on each type of questions?

In “Online Lesson: GMAT Reading Comprehension Question Types”, we discuss the different types of Reading Comprehension GMAT questions you’ll see on test day, how to recognize them, and how to approach each one.

We can break down Reading Comprehension GMAT questions into “quick” and “not so quick” questions.

  • The “quick” questions are ones we should be able to answer based on our initial skim of the passage — we often think of them as “general” questions. These include Main Idea, Logical Structure, and Perspective questions.
  • “Not so quick” Reading Comprehension GMAT questions, on the other hand, require test takers to recall specific details from the text or to extrapolate information that isn’t explicitly stated in the passage. These questions should not be addressed by an initial skim and require us to take additional time to look back through the passage. They include Supporting Idea, Inference, and Application questions.

So how do we know which questions belong to which of the GMAT Reading Comprehension question types? Each question type asks for something specific, and typically asks for it using certain words and phrases exclusive to that question type. If we know which clues to look for in the question stem and answer choices, we can determine how to approach and how much time to spend on each of the GMAT Reading Comprehension questions we see on test day.

Watch the video to learn how to identify each of the GMAT Reading Comprehension question types!

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Earn 20 Easy Points With these Last-Minute GMAT Test Day Tips [Video]

If your GMAT test day is coming up, you’re hopefully wrapping up your prep, taking your last practice exam, and resisting the urge to do any night-before cramming (trust me, it doesn’t work). But what about the test day itself? How can you make sure that you’re ready when you walk in the testing center so none of your hard work goes to waste? Is there anything else you can do to improve your score, even as late as the morning before the test?

In “GMAT Test Day Tips — Earn 20 Easy Points Last-Minute”, we walk through some last minute GMAT tips that will help you make the most of the morning before the test.

The first set of GMAT test day tips focus on waking up before the test. Getting out of bed isn’t enough to be alert for your test. We walk through specific steps you can take on your GMAT test day to wake up your body and your brain to ensure you’re doing your best work. For example, doing a practice test the morning of the GMAT will wear you out before you reach the testing center, but going into the test cold is a sure-fire way to work slowly and make mistakes. This video will tell you exactly how much practice to do on GMAT test day to get your brain in gear.

The second set of last minute GMAT tips revolve around reducing your GMAT test anxiety. Staying calm during the test is important, but being calm before you go into the testing center is even more critical. We explore actionable strategies you can use to reduce your stress the morning before the test and start your GMAT test day strong. For instance, everyone knows that a good night’s sleep before a big test is important, but sacrificing an hour of sleep to wake up early can actually be beneficial — watch the video to learn why!

Remember: while these last minute GMAT tips can easily earn you extra points, there’s no substitute for preparing adequately for the content on the test and for the testing experience. However, if you’ve put in the effort in your GMAT prep, these GMAT test day tips will ensure that nothing but the test questions are standing between you and your goal score!

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Happy studies, and good luck on your GMAT test day!

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