# Study Guide - Part II

## GMAT Verbal, Integrated Reasoning, and AWA

In Part I of the Study 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 Study Guide, you will need the resources outlined on the Overview and Resources page.

Let’s begin . . .

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

For an overview of RC questions, read pages 388-397 in the 2020 Official Guide

• or read pages 359-363 in the 2019 Official Guide
• or read pages 357-361 in the 2018 Official Guide
• or read pages 362-367 in the 2017 Official Guide
• or read pages 361-365 In the 2016 Official Guide
• or read pages 359-363 In the 2015 Official Guide

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

In the 2020 Official Guide, answer questions #461 to 514 (pages 398 to 421)

• or, in the 2019 Official Guide, answer questions #405 to 450 (pages 364 to 391)
• or, in the 2018 Official Guide, answer questions #405 to 450 (pages 362 to 389)
• or, in the 2017 Official Guide, answer questions #405 to 459 (pages 368 to 393)
• or, in the 2016 Official Guide, answer questions #1 to 54 (pages 366 to 389)
• or, in the 2015 Official Guide, 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 2020 Official Guide, answer questions #515 to 569 (pages 422 to 445)

• or, in the 2019 Official Guide, answer questions #461 to 503 (pages 392 to 409)
• or, in the 2018 Official Guide, answer questions #461 to 503 (pages 390 to 407)
• or, in the 2017 Official Guide, answer questions #460 to 505 (pages 394 to 411)
• or, in the 2016 Official Guide, answer questions #55 to 101 (pages 390 to 405)
• or, in the 2015 Official Guide, answer questions #52 to 98 (pages 388 to 403)

In the 2020 Official Guide, answer questions #570 to 609 (pages 446 to 460)

• or in the 2019 Official Guide, answer questions #504 to 543 (pages 410 to 424)
• or in the 2018 Official Guide, answer questions #504 to 543 (pages 408 to 422)
• or in the 2017 Official Guide, answer questions #506 to 543 (pages 412 to 424)
• or, in the 2016 Official Guide, answer questions #102 to 139 (pages 406 to 418)
• or, in the 2015 Official Guide, answer questions #99 to 139 (pages 404 to 417)

## 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 2020 Official Guide, read pages 551 to 561 (an overview of CR questions)

• or read pages 507 to 509 in the 2019 Official Guide
• or read pages 505 to 507 in the 2018 Official Guide
• or read pages 506 to 509 in the 2017 Official Guide
• or read pages 499 to 501 in the 2016 Official Guide
• or read pages 497 to 499 in the 2015 Official Guide

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 for the Official Guide (2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 or 2015 edition). The download link is located between video #6 and video #7.

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 questions from the Official Guide for GMAT Review.

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 2020 Official Guide, read pages 761-784 (an overview of SC questions)

• or read pages 675-698 in the 2019 Official Guide
• or read pages 673-679 in the 2018 Official Guide
• or read pages 674-681 in the 2017 Official Guide
• or read pages 667-673 in the 2016 Official Guide
• or read pages 665-671 in the 2015 Official Guide

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

Download the GMAT Idiom List on the Sentence Correction module page (between lessons #34 and #35)

In the 2020 Official Guide, answer Sentence Correction questions #759 to 810

• or, in the Official Guide (2019, 2018, or 2017 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #668 to 717
• or, in the Official Guide (2016 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 questions from the Official Guide for GMAT Review.

In the 2020 Official Guide, answer Sentence Correction questions #811 to 860

• or, in the Official Guide (2019, 2018, or 2017 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #718 to 767
• or, in the Official Guide (2016 or 2015 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #51 to 100

In the 2020 Official Guide, answer Sentence Correction questions #861 to 907

• or, in the Official Guide (2019, 2018, or 2017 edition), answer Sentence Correction questions #768 to 807
• or, 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 IntepretationTwo-Part AnalysisTable AnalysisMulti-Source Reasoning Onscreen CalculatorScatter PlotsVenn Diagrams

In the 2020 Official Guide, read pages 903-911 (overview of the Integrated Reasoning section)

• or read pages 809-819 in the 2019 Official Guide
• or read pages 789-799 in the 2018 Official Guide
• or read pages 788-799 in the 2017 Official Guide
• or read pages 779-789 in the 2016 Official Guide
• or read pages 777-787 in the 2015 Official Guide

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

Use the access code found at the back of your Official Guide for GMAT Review to set up your online account.

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

Answer all 50 Integrated Reasoning online practice questions

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 2020 Official Guide, read pages 913-920 (overview of the AWA section and essay samples)

• or read pages 821-828 in the Official Guide (2019 edition)
• or read pages 801-808 in the Official Guide (2018 edition)
• or read pages 800-808 in the Official Guide (2017 edition)
• or read pages 790-798 in the Official Guide (2016 edition)
• or read pages 789-796 in the Official Guide (2015 edition)

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