Your Guide to the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section

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    Your Guide to the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section

    27 September 2023

    Your Guide to the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section

    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.

    Here are all the topics we’ll cover:

    • How Is the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section Different?
    • GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section Breakdown
    • Question Types
    • Question Review & Edit
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    How Is the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section Different?

    The GMAT Focus Edition features some structural changes to the Verbal section compared to the standard GMAT:

    • The Focus Verbal section is only 45 minutes long, instead of 75 minutes on the standard GMAT. This means test-takers have less time overall to complete the section.
    • There are only 23 questions in the Focus Verbal section, compared to 36 on the standard. So there are 13 fewer questions.
    • With fewer questions in the same time, test-takers have a slightly higher average time per question: 1 minute 57 seconds per question on Focus Verbal, versus 1 minute 48 seconds on 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.

    GMAT Focus Edition Verbal Section Breakdown

    Here are the key stats for the Verbal section on the GMAT Focus Edition:

    • Total time: 45 minutes
    • Number of questions: 23
    • Average time per question: 1 minute 57 seconds

    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.

    Question Types

    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:

    • Critical Reasoning
    • Reading Comprehension

    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.

    Question Review & Edit

    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:

    • Review as many questions as you want
    • Edit up to 3 answers in the Verbal section

    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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    What are the sections in GMAT Verbal on the new test?

    Just two – Critical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. No Sentence Correction on the Focus Verbal section.

    What is the most difficult section of the GMAT Verbal on the new test?

    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.

    How long is the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal section time?

    The Focus Verbal section is 45 minutes long.

    What is the GMAT Focus Edition Verbal section number of questions?

    There are 23 total questions in the Focus Verbal section.

    Key Takeaways

    • The Focus Verbal section is shorter, has fewer questions, but a slightly higher average time per question compared to the standard GMAT.
    • There are only two question typesCritical Reasoning and Reading Comprehension. No Sentence Correction on the Focus test.
    • If time remains, you can review and edit up to 3 answers after completing the section.

    Conclusion

    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.



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