Here is a comprehensive guide to help you understand and prepare for the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section. This new version of the GMAT has some key differences from the standard GMAT, so it’s important to learn the format, question types, and strategies specific to Focus Verbal.
The GMAT Focus Edition features some structural changes to the Verbal section compared to the standard GMAT:
So in summary, the Focus Verbal section is shorter, has fewer total questions, but provides a bit more time per question on average.
Here are the key stats for the Verbal section on the GMAT Focus Edition:
The Focus Verbal section makes up one-third of the total GMAT Focus Edition exam, along with the Quant and Data Insights sections. All three sections are weighted equally when calculating your total GMAT Focus score.
The most significant change in terms of Focus Verbal content is that there is no Sentence Correction on this test. Sentence Correction makes up about one-third of the standard GMAT Verbal section.
The Focus Verbal section contains only these two question types:
So if you’ve prepared for the standard GMAT before, you’ll recognize these two Verbal question types. But Sentence Correction is eliminated completely on the Focus test.
The Focus Edition introduces a new Question Review & Edit feature on all sections, including Verbal.
If time remains after answering all the questions, you can return to the review screen and:
There is also a bookmarking tool to flag questions during the section for easy review later.
However, you can only access the review screen after answering all questions. You can’t skip questions either. The review is just a bonus if you have time left.
Just two – Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. No Sentence Correction on the Focus Verbal section.
Many find Critical Reasoning the trickiest. But Reading Comprehension can be time-consuming with long passages. It depends on your strengths and weaknesses. Using strong strategies for each will help.
The Focus Verbal section is 45 minutes long.
There are 23 total questions in the Focus Verbal section.
Understanding the format, question types, and strategies specific to the new GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section is key to success. With practice and preparation using these tips, you can master Focus Verbal and achieve your target GMAT score.