Countdown To Application Day – GMAT Tip of the Week

Throughout the United States this fall, all eyes are on January: the news networks are abuzz over the question of which candidate will become President on January 20; football teams are in the midst of their quests for spots in the NFL playoffs or the NCAA bowl games; Wall Street executives are hoping to simply turn the page and forget all about 2008; and MBA applicants are readying for the second-round deadlines that conveniently take place during the first week of the year, all in hopes of becoming members of the prestigious Class of 2011.

During the fourth quarter of 2008, more people will take the GMAT than during any other quarter in history, and most of those examinees will be targeting the first- and second-round deadlines of this current admissions cycle. As we count down the weeks to the second-round deadlines, Veritas Prep will offer a GMAT Tip of the Week to aid in that preparation.

This week’s submission:

Scientifically Speaking – The Cause of Effective Reading Comprehension

When a Reading Comprehension passage deals with a Natural Sciences topic, the specific-detail questions are likely to deal with a cause-and-effect relationship. When approaching these questions, be sure to note whether you are responsible for supplying the cause or the effect, and then skim the passage for the situation to understand both components. Often times, the passage is structured so that the most popular incorrect answer is the phrase that immediately follows the key words from the question, while the correct answer is buried in another part of that sentence. By noting immediately which portion of the cause-and-effect relationship you need to find, you