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The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-44975-2
336 pages
August 2009
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The only official verbal review for the GMAT from the creators of the test

Anyone preparing for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) knows it's important to study with the experts. With The Official GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, you'll get questions, answers, and explanations straight from the source. The only official verbal review for the GMAT Exam, this book targets your study and helps you improve your verbal skills by focusing on your ability to read and comprehend written material, to reason and evaluate arguments, and to correct written material to conform to standard English. Inside, you'll find

  • 300 actual questions from past GMAT tests, including 75 questions new to this edition
  • Sections on Reading Comprehension, Critical Reasoning, Sentence Correction, and Analytical Writing Assessment
  • Questions organized in order of difficulty to save study time

The Graduate Management Admission Council certifies all content so you can trust that you're getting expert guidance as you prepare for the GMAT Exam.

The Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) is the association of leading graduate business schools around the world. GMAC's mission is to meet the needs of business schools and students through a wide array of products, services, and programs. It is the owner and administrator of the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), the first and only standardized test specifically designed for graduate business and management programs. Available in nearly 100 countries, it is the global standard for entry to the MBA degree course.

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1.0 What Is the GMAT? 4

1.1 Why Take the GMAT Test? 5

1.2 GMAT Test Format 6

1.3 What Is the Content of the Test Like? 8

1.4 Quantitative Section 8

1.5 Verbal Section 8

1.6 What Computer Skills Will I Need? 9

1.7 What Are the Test Centers Like? 9

1.8 How Are Scores Calculated? 9

1.9 Analytical Writing Assessment Scores 10

1.10 Test Development Process 10

2.0 How to Prepare 12

2.1 How Can I Best Prepare to Take the Test? 13

2.2 What About Practice Tests? 13

2.3 Where Can I Get Additional Practice? 14

2.4 General Test-Taking Suggestions 14

3.0 Reading Comprehension 16

3.1 What Is Measured 18

3.2 Test-Taking Strategies 20

3.3 The Directions 21

3.4 Sample Questions 22

3.5 Answer Key 59

3.6 Answer Explanations 60

4.0 Critical Reasoning 112

4.1 What Is Measured 114

4.2 Test-Taking Strategies 114

4.3 The Directions 115

4.4 Sample Questions 116

4.5 Answer Key 152

4.6 Answer Explanations 153

5.0 Sentence Correction 236

5.1 Basic English Grammar Rules 237

5.2 Study Suggestions 242

5.3 What Is Measured 242

5.4 Test-Taking Strategies 242

5.5 The Directions 243

5.6 Sample Questions 244

5.7 Answer Key 268

5.8 Answer Explanations 269

Appendix A Percentile Ranking Tables 324

Appendix B Answer Sheets 330

Reading Comprehension Answer Sheet 331

Critical Reasoning Answer Sheet 332

Sentence Correction Answer Sheet 333

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September 22, 2009
New Editions of Official GMAT® Study Guides Now Available

Updated editions of verbal and quantitative study guides from the Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®), creator of the Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®), are now on sale in bookstores and online at

The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, (Wiley Paperback; August 24, 2009; $17.95) and The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition, (Wiley Paperback; September 14, 2009; $17.95) both feature more than 300 former GMAT questions, and each has 75 new practice questions. The supplemental guides complement The Official Guide for GMAT Review, 12th Edition, which was released earlier this year and is the centerpiece of the Official Guide series. The books—the only GMAT study guides that feature past questions from the exam—include answers and thorough explanations for each question.

The Graduate Management Admission Test is the only standardized exam designed by business schools for business schools. It is used as part of the admissions process by thousands of MBA and other graduate management education programs around the world. The supplemental study guides were written and edited by the same team that develops questions for the actual GMAT exam.

The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, is designed to help readers hone their skills for the reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction sections of the GMAT. In particular, the guide focuses on the ability to evaluate arguments and read, understand and correct written material. The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition, provides intensive preparation for the problem solving and data sufficiency portions of the GMAT. The guide helps readers solve equations and geometry problems, interpret data, and determine probability.

The Official Guide for GMAT Verbal Review, 2nd Edition, and The Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition, are published and distributed by Wiley.

The Official Guide series is part of a collection of six GMAT-preparation products from GMAC that feature past GMAT questions. In addition to the three study guides, these products include GMAT Focus, a Web-based quantitative diagnostics tool; GMAT Write, which helps people sharpen their writing skills; and a collection of paper-based GMAT exams. The products all are available for purchase at

The Official Guide for GMAT® Verbal Review, 2nd Edition

Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)

Wiley Paperback; August 24, 2009; $17.95; ISBN: 978-0-470-44975-2; 335 pages


The Official Guide for GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2nd Edition

Graduate Management Admission Council® (GMAC®)

 Wiley Paperback; September 14, 2009; $17.95; ISBN: 978-0-470-44976-9; 215 pages


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