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High Level GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice

April 18, 2014 by

GMAT reading comprehensionWe’ve recently discussed GMAT Reading Comprehension question types and patterns in detail, so it’s time to try your hand at identifying question types and answering some difficult practice questions.

GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice: The Passage

“Strange Bedfellows!” lamented the title of a recent letter to Museum News, in which a certain Harriet Sherman excoriated the National Gallery of Art in Washington for its handling of tickets to the much-ballyhooed “Van Gogh’s van Goghs” exhibit. A huge proportion of the 200,000 free tickets were snatched up by homeless opportunists in the dead of winter, who then scalped those tickets at $85 apiece to less hardy connoiseurs.

Yet, Sherman’s bedfellows are far from strange. Art, despite its religious and magical origins, very soon became a commercial venture. From bourgeois patrons funding art they barely understood in order to share their protegee’s prestige, to museum curators stage-managing the cult of artists in order … Read full post

How to Beat GMAT Reading Comprehension – Part II

April 14, 2014 by

As I mentioned in my previous exploration of GMAT Reading Comprehension, most of the questions focus on the author’s purpose, so if you can at least identify her main idea as you slog through the passage, the author will guide you to the right answer in three out of four of those main question types:

  • The correct answer to a Global question is essentially a statement of the author’s purpose
  • The right answer choice to Inference questions, even though these can seem completely speculative, will never contradict the author’s purpose, and is often directly informed by that purpose.
  • Logic questions look for an answer that addresses why our author has included a detail or a paragraph in her passage; the why is that that detail or paragraph always serves her purpose.

Common GMAT Reading Comprehension Trap Answers

Now comes the fun part: beating the test designers at their … Read full post

How to Beat GMAT Reading Comprehension

April 11, 2014 by

There are some fortunate beings among us who seem to thrive on GMAT Reading Comprehension problems. The rest of look on with veiled mirthless smiles at these blessed souls, all the while muttering under our collective breaths, “what, are ya nuts!” If you’re like most of us mere mortals, Reading Comp is a complete pain: long, nearly incomprehensible passages on subjects about which we know little or nothing, and care even less, followed by inscrutable questions that seem to have been devised by the Sphinx herself.  What’s to be done to tackle this part of the Verbal section?

How To Beat GMAT Reading Comprehension

Well, if you’ve looked into any part of the GMAT with the least little bit of attention, you will have noticed that this beastly test is filled with recurring patterns, and, though widely varying Reading Comp passages hardly seem likely to harbor repeated patterns, the questions Read full post

GMAT Sentence Correction Practice

March 21, 2014 by

GMAT sentence correction practiceYesterday, we posted a slightly disturbing GMAT Sentence Correction practice question on Facebook. It was mostly disturbing due to the content (creeeepy!), but there was also a lot going on in this particular sentence and the answer choices. Check it out.

GMAT sentence correction

As is often the case in GMAT Sentence Correction, this question tests several issues, which you can identify by verbally scanning the answer choices:

  1. “If Professor…is right” versus “Should Professor…(be) right”
  2. Verb tense: “is” versus “had been”
  3. “connection of X and Y” versus “connection between X and Y”

Let’s address these issues one at a time.

  • “If Professor…is right” versus “Should Professor…(be) right”

The GMAT prefers “If Professor…is right” to “Should Professor…(be) right”. The former is simpler and uses the simple present tense to match the later verb “is (not merely coincidental)”. These two verbs must match tense since they describe events that happen simultaneously. Thus you can eliminate Read full post

GMAT Reading Comprehension Practice Series: Passage Analysis Answers

November 20, 2013 by

GMAT reading comprehension topic scope purpose mapping analysisGMAT Reading Comprehension is an important question type to master. If you haven’t yet tackled this week’s passage, take a look at it now and take a few minutes to answer the associated questions that we posted. They are the questions you should work through each time you break down a reading comp passage.

Now, let’s talk analysis.

  • The TOPIC of this passage, or the broad main idea, is Knowles’s theory of and assumptions about andragogy. GMAT passages don’t contain a lot of filler, so you usually see the gist of the topic emerge in the first paragraph, if not in the first sentence.
  • The SCOPE of the passage is a more detailed focus within the topic. In this passage, the scope is the characteristics of adult learners. The bulk of the passage lists and describes the characteristics of adult learners that inform the theory of andragogy.
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GMAT Sentence Correction in the Real World: Futbol Errors

November 19, 2013 by

GMAT Sentence Correction practiceBy Justin Doff

Once you put in the hard work to know and detect GMAT sentence correction errors, you’re going to catch those mistakes all around you.

A recent example: one of my British friends and I were watching futbol (I’ll go with the Spanish spelling so as to not confuse sports), and I picked up on a weird (but commonly accepted) verb agreement error in futbol journalism—using a plural verb/pronoun to refer to a single team.

If you are referring to a singular entity, regardless of what it contains, is the subject singular or plural? Perhaps a silly question, and here are some perhaps really obvious examples:

The coach is…
The league is…
This team is…

BUT, then, take a look at these actual news stories from the European press:

“Real Madrid have a golden opportunity to open up a huge lead in the Champions League group stage…”

“AC Read full post

Free GMAT Sample Class

November 1, 2013 by

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If you need help with your GMAT prep, we’ve got you covered. Now is your chance to see one of our GMAT experts in action, breaking down the GMAT exam and introducing you to proven Kaplan methods and strategies that will allow you to dominate your competition on GMAT Test Day.

If you attended any of the free GMAT practice tests that we held recently, then you’ve already met some of our GMAT experts. What better way to continue your GMAT prep than to attend a free, live, online session that’s focused on introducing you to the most efficient approach to every question type that you’ll see on the GMAT?

Here’s an example of the type of questions you’ll see in our upcoming GMAT Sample Class:

The youngest of 4 children has siblings who are 3, 5, and 8 years older than she is. If the average (arithmetic mean) age Read full post

Kaplan GMAT Sample Problem: Critical Reasoning Inferences

August 22, 2011 by

As you try the practice GMAT problem below, remember that on Critical Reasoning inference questions you should accept all of the information in the stimulus as true.  When you read the answer choices look for an option that must be true based on the stimulus.


Randall: Many of the productions of my plays by amateur theater groups are poorly done, and such interpretations do not provide a true measure of my skills as a dramatist.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from Randall’s statement?

(A) Some amateur theater groups’ productions of Randall’s plays provide a true measure of his skills as a dramatist.

(B) All amateur theater group productions of Randall’s plays that are not poorly done provide a true measure of his skills as a dramatist.

(C) All of the productions of Randall’s plays by amateur theater groups that do not provide a true … Read full post

Kaplan GMAT Sample Problem: Critical Reasoning Weaken Question

August 15, 2011 by

Today’s GMAT practice problem is a Critical Reasoning weaken question.  Weaken questions are more common than any other question type in the critical reasoning section, so it is essential to be prepared for them.  On these problems, identify the conclusion, evidence and assumption and then look for the answer choice that refutes the central assumption.


Increasingly, American businesses requiring customer service phone lines have been utilizing overseas companies that can provide these services at extremely reduced rates.  Toll-free calls are routed to countries like India, where low-paid workers have been trained to deal with most of the typical problems consumers have with their credit cards, online services, and computer equipment.  Since the companies using these overseas call centers are saving so much money, they will undoubtedly show higher profits than companies that do not.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

(A) There is strong … Read full post

Kaplan GMAT Sample Problem: Critical Reasoning, Bolded Statement Question

August 8, 2011 by

The practice GMAT problem below is an example of a Critical Reasoning bolded statement question.  On bolded statement questions with two separate bold statements, determine what role the first bolded statement is playing in the argument, then determine what role the second bolded statement is playing in terms of the first.


Auto Manufacturer: For the past three years, the Micro has been our best-selling car.  This year, however, sales of the Micro have been down for two consecutive quarters.  Therefore, we are going to make certain features, like leather seats and CD players, standard on the Micro, rather than require buyers to pay extra for them.  This will make the Micro more attractive to buyers, thus stimulating sales.

Auto Dealer: Most people who buy the Micro do so because of its low cost.  Adding new standard features will raise the base price of the Micro, … Read full post


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