Tips for the GMAT Reading Comprehension Questions

By Lisa Zimmer Hatch, Scott A. Hatch

Part of 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.