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How to Identify a Common Wrong Answer on GMAT RC

GMAT Tip of the Week for the Week of January 21, 2013

This week’s GMAT tip* concerns GMAT Reading Comprehension questions, and specifically how to detect one of the most common wrong answer choices on these types of questions. To learn what that is, watch this short video:

GMAT Tip of the Week: Learning to detect a clearly wrong answer choice on the GMAT can sometimes be just as valuable as zeroing in on a few potentially right answers. When it comes to GMAT reading comprehension questions, a common wrong answer choice that you’re likely to encounter is one that includes categorical statements.

In other words, on GMAT RC questions, avoid answer choices that make definitive, categorical statements. Categorical statements are strong and specific in nature and contain words like:

  • all
  • always
  • never
  • etc.

Categorical statements tend to pigeonhole the author and leave little room for discussion or nuance, and therefore they often appear in wrong answer choices. On GMAT reading comprehension questions, then, strong and specific answer choices tend to be incorrect, while seemingly “wimpy” answer choices are more often correct.

For more GMAT strategies related to reading comp — including other common wrong answers — check out our video tutorial lesson on GMAT Reading Comprehension. I hope this tip helps you to go out and dominate the GMAT!

* Each week, one of the GMAT experts at Dominate the GMAT shares a valuable GMAT test-taking tip, strategy, trick, or content item. These tips are designed to augment your GMAT study program and provide you with additional information that will help you improve your GMAT score.