GMAT Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and AWA

In Part I of the Learning Guide, you familiarized yourself with the GMAT, established your baseline score, and covered all of the Math content tested on the GMAT.

In Part II, you will: 

  • Learn the content for the Verbal section of the GMAT (Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction)
  • Learn the skills needed to tackle the Integrated Reasoning section of the GMAT
  • Learn how to write great essays in the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section
  • Further develop the proper mindset for increasing your performance on the GMAT

Please note: To follow this Learning Guide, you will need the resources outlined on the Overview and Resources page.  Also, if you wish to print the entire Learning Guide, you can download it as a pdf.

Let’s begin . . .

Reading Comprehension Module

In this module, you will learn strategies for effectively answering Reading Comprehension (RC) questions.

For an overview of RC questions, read pages 361-365 In the Official Guide (2016 Edition)

Or read pages 359-363 In the Official Guide (2015 Edition)

Go to the Reading Comprehension module, and watch all of the videos

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), answer questions #1 to 54 (pages 366 to 389)

Or, in the Official Guide (2015 edition), answer questions #1 to 51 (pages 364 to 387)

As you work through the Reading Comprehension questions in the Official Guide, you will notice that the number of questions per passage varies from 3 to 9.  The reason for this is that the test-makers create several questions (of varying difficulty) for each passage.  If you are working on your timing, just keep track of the time it takes you to complete the standard number of questions for long and short passages (3 questions for short passages and 4 questions for long passages).

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), answer questions #55 to 101 (pages 390 to 405)

Or, in the Official Guide (2015 edition), answer questions #52 to 98 (pages 388 to 403)

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), answer questions #102 to 139 (pages 406 to 418)

Or, in the Official Guide (2015 edition), answer questions #99 to 139 (pages 404 to 417)

Reinforcement Questions

Answer the questions labeled "Additional Practice" at the bottom of the Reading Comprehension module page

Critical Reasoning Module

In this module, you will learn how to identify various types of Critical Reasoning (CR) questions, and you will learn strategies for solving each type.

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), read pages 499 to 501 (overview of CR questions)

Or read pages 497 to 499 in the Official Guide (2015 edition)

Go to the Critical Reasoning module and watch videos #1 to #6

Go to the Critical Reasoning module and download the list of categorized questions in the Official Guide (2015 edition or 2016 edition)

Using the list of categorized questions as your guide, watch the CR videos and answer Official Guide questions in the recommended order (for more information, watch the video titled Official GMAT Questions in the Critical Reasoning module)  

Reinforcement Questions

Answer the questions labeled as "Additional Practice" at the bottom of the Critical Reasoning module

Don’t forget to use the GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart to record your answers to the Official Guide (2016 edition or 2016 edition) questions.

Congratulate yourself for completing what many students believe to be the most challenging topic on the GMAT :-) 

Sentence Correction Module

In this module, you will learn the grammatical principles required to effectively answer Sentence Correction (SC) questions on the GMAT.

Please note that, since Sentence Correction questions typically test more than one grammatical concept at a time, you will learn all of the concepts before tackling question from the Official Guide.

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), read pages 667-673 (overview of SC questions)

Or read pages 665-671 in the Official Guide (2015 edition)

Go to the Sentence Correction module, and watch all of the videos

Download the GMAT Idiom List on the Sentence Correction module page

In the Official Guide (2016 edition or 2015 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #1 to 50

Don’t forget to use the GMAT Prep Now Improvement Chart to record your answers to the Official Guide questions.

In the Official Guide (2016 edition or 2015 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #51 to 100

In the Official Guide (2016 edition or 2015 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #101 to 140 

Reinforcement Questions

Answer the questions labeled "Additional Practice" at the bottom of the Sentence Correction module page

Integrated Reasoning Module

In this module, you will learn the core content and GMAT-specific strategies related to:

  • Graphic Intepretation
  • Two-Part Analysis
  • Table Analysis
  • Multi-Source Reasoning
  • Onscreen Calculator
  • Scatter Plots
  • Venn Diagrams

 

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), read pages 779-789 (overview of the Integrated Reasoning section)

Or read pages 777-787 in the Official Guide (2015 edition)

Go to the Integrated Reasoning Module and watch all of the videos

Use the access code found at the back of your Official Guide (2015 edition or 13th editionto set up your online account.   

(note: Once you register, your account will expire in 6 months)

Answer all 50 Integrated Reasoning practice question online.

Answer the 19 free Integrated Reasoning questions at mba.com

Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA)

In this module, you will learn how to write well-developed essays that yield high scores.

In the Official Guide (2016 edition), read pages 790-798 (overview of the AWA section and essay samples)

Or read pages 789-796 in the Official Guide (2015 edition)

Go to the Analytical Writing Assessment Module and watch all of the videos

Download the Official AWA Argument Questions (from the MBA.com website)

Take argument topics and practice finding 4 or 5 flaws in each argument

Write essays and submit them to the Beat The GMAT’s AWA forum

(Optional) Use the GMAC's for-pay GMAT Write service to have your essays scored by GMAC's official essay-scoring engine

Congratulations, you’re ready for Part III of the Learning Guide!