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Kaplan GMAT Verbal Workbookby Ingid Multhopp
How to Use This Book
Welcome to Kaplan's GMAT Exam Verbal Workbook. You have just wisely purchased the most comprehensive book on the market focusing specifically on the verbal portion of the GMAT. Kaplan has prepared students to take standardized tests for over 60 years, longer than the GMAT has been around. Our team of researchers and editors knows more about preparing for the GMAT than anyone else, and you'll find their accumulated knowledge and wisdom here in this book.
This book is designed to benefit anyone who needs to increase his or her scores on the GMAT, whether on the verbal section, the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) section, or both. You may have already taken the GMAT, or at least a simulated GMAT, and you're comfortable with your quantitative score on the test, but need to boost your verbal score in order to get into the M.B.A. program of your choice. If so, this book is for you. If you want a book that covers the entire GMAT, we recommend Kaplan's GMAT (with or without CD-ROM); for a book that focuses on math content and strategies for the GMAT, pick up a copy of Kaplan's GRE & GMAT Exams Math Workbook.
This book is designed to raise your verbal score on the GMAT regardless of your present skill level. Some of our readers may have relatively strong verbal skills, but know they could still be scoring higher, while others may not be native English speakers and can use serious help with English grammar and idioms. This book is designed to help in either situation. And almost all test takers, no matter their proficiency in English, can use solid strategies for dealing with the dense reading passages and arguments found on the GMAT — as well as techniques for cranking out superior AWA essays.
With this understanding of our readers' differing needs and skill sets, we have divided the book into several parts.
PART ONE: GETTING STARTED
The first step to a higher score is to know exactly what you can expect to find on the GMAT. In part one of this book, we'll provide you with background information on the different sections of the test, what they cover, and how they're organized. We'll explain how the CAT differs from traditional pencil-and-paper tests in the way it determines your score, and how you can use the CAT format and scoring method to your advantage.
PART TWO: VERBAL STRATEGIES
Once you have the big picture, it's time to focus on the specifics of the verbal portions of the GMAT. Part two examines the three question types that constitute the 75-minute verbal section: Sentence Correction, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning. We dedicate a chapter to each, examining first the question format and then exactly what is tested by the question type. Finally, we give you our best Kaplan methods and strategies for handling each, along with plenty of testlike examples on which to practice. We also devote a separate chapter to "Reading the GMAT Way," which is designed to help you develop the very specific reading skills that you need to read Reading Comprehension and Critical Reasoning passages with better efficiency and understanding.
PART THREE: PRACTICE SETS
After you're comfortable with our Kaplan methods and strategies for handling verbal question types, you'll want to try them out with more questions. The practice sets contained in part three contain hundreds of Sentence Correction, Critical Reasoning, and Reading Comprehension questions complete with detailed explanations. As you go through these, look for patterns of questions that you tend to get right and wrong. Take notice of your areas of strength, but focus the bulk your studies on your areas of weakness. With sufficient practice, you'll be ready for anything that could appear on the GMAT verbal section.
PART FOUR: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER
Part four contains our best effort (on paper) to replicate the experience of taking an actual GMAT verbal section, mixing the verbal types in the same manner that an actual GMAT would. Here's your chance to bring together all your newly acquired verbal strategies and get a sense of what the GMAT verbal section feels like.
PART FIVE: ANALYTICAL WRITING ASSESSMENT
Part five focuses on the essay portion of the GMAT, known as the Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). It contains descriptions and examples of the two essay question types, along with an explanation of how the essays are graded and strategies for successfully completing each. Finally, you'll see sample essay topics and sample essays, along with a scoring guide that will enable you to see how your practice essays measure up to the ETS scoring formula.
PART SIX: APPENDIXES
The appendixes contain additional materials to help you fine-tune your skills and address any verbal weak spots. We especially recommend that all readers take a look at the list of common GMAT idioms in appendix 3. There is also an extensive grammar reference guide, as well as a guide to usage and style which presents 16 principles of good writing and exercises to help you sharpen your writing skills. Spending time with these guides will help you develop skills that will serve you long after you've taken the GMAT. Good luck with your studies.
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