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Tips for the GMAT Reading Comprehension Questions

Part of the GMAT For Dummies Cheat Sheet

GMAT reading questions are designed to test how well you extract information from a passage. So follow these suggestions when answering the reading comprehension questions in the verbal section of the GMAT:

  • Skim through the passage before answering the questions.

  • As you read, focus on the main theme, author's tone, and paragraph topics rather than the specific details of the passage.

  • Eliminate answer choices that don't pertain to the information in the passage.

  • Remember that the author of a GMAT passage is usually relatively neutral and objective.

  • Choose answers that are neither too specific nor too general for main theme questions.

  • Don't infer too much for inference questions.

  • Note that the answers to specific information questions may be a paraphrase of information in the passage.

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