The Verbal Section of the GMAT
The quantitative section of the test is one of two sections that together determine the headline GMAT score that is required by so many Masters-level programs in business. This section contains 36 questions in 3 distinct categories, and must be completed in 65 minutes. Brutal.
SENTENCE CORRECTION QUESTIONS
To really know what it takes to reach the 600 score, you'll need to have an estimate of your score GAP. An exact score gap could be calculated by taking one of the free, official GMAT simulations. In that case, you'll be able to estimate very well the number of weeks of study, as well as the difference between self-study, a group course, and private tutoring. Don't rush to decide on this - as many people do - because this decision will have an impact on your total return on investment. A very sub-optimal choice could even mean that you run out of time to reach your score before the admissions deadline.
CRITICAL REASONING QUESTIONS
Let's take a likely scenario, where the score gap is 17 percentage points - the score gap between 550 and 600. If you live in the USA or the UK, then the best way to bridge that gap is probably private tutoring: it would take about 5 hours over 2-3 weeks to do the job. But in Amsterdam - assuming your deadline is 4+ weeks away - the better option is a 600-level group course, in either quant or verbal. Which should you choose?
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS
Once you know the score gap you need to bridge, use the section-level percentile scores to guide your next move. These numbers together indicate if you should take a quant course, a verbal course, or both - or else some combination of course work, private tutoring, and self-study. There are several factors to consider, but the section scores are the first facts to take into account.