This video comprises Vocabulary Test 4 for Boldface Questions on GMAT Critical Reasoning. Use this video well to apply your learning and prepare yourself for solving problems in the verbal section on GMAT.
Vocabulary Test 4 for GMAT Boldface Questions
Here is another vocabulary test for the GMAT boldface questions. Please go through this one, carefully, as well. These tests will help you understand the exact meanings of the complicated terms used in the boldface questions, a vital part of the GMAT boldface strategy.
Vocabulary Test #4
After reading the following passage, please go through the list of terms below it, and see which can apply to the bolded portion. Once you have arrived at your answer, read further to see an explanation for each option.
The GDP of Xitora has grown by 15% during the tenure of the current political party. This is the highest growth since any tenure over the previous 50 years. Since the GDP growth is a fine indication of the economic growth of a party, the party has been applauded for its role in the achievement. However, the recent opinion polls reflect a steep decline in the popularity of the party
owing to its perceived softness on longstanding social, economic, and diplomatic issues. Therefore, the party is unlikely to win another term in the forthcoming elections.
First, please go through the mind map for the passage.
Mind Map: GDP growth has been great--> party deserves credit-->party has been soft on other issues--> not likely to win
- Main Conclusion - The bolded section is not the main conclusion of the passage. The main conclusion is that the party is unlikely to win the next election. The bolded section above has been used as evidence to support this conclusion.
- A Conclusion - As mentioned above, the bolded section is not a conclusion; it is evidence.
- Fact - The bolded section is a fact, as the opinion polls did happen, and there are certain outcomes to them, as described in the passage.
- Opinion - The bolded section is not an opinion. While opinions may be subjective, opinion polls are objective, and the result will be quantitative.
- Judgment - The bolded section cannot be called a judgment for similar reasons as to why it cannot be called an opinion. Since opinion polls are objective, terms such as fact and evidence are better fits for this question.
- Circumstance - Circumstance is not a very strong choice, but it can work.
- Evidence - This is a very good choice, as the information presented in the boldface is being used to support the main conclusion.
- Prediction - The bolded section is clearly not making a prediction of any sort.
- Assumption - The bolded section states information and does not make any assumptions, so this is a poor choice.
- Consideration - After some deliberation, we can conclude that consideration can also be used.
Thus, fact, evidence, circumstance, and consideration are the terms that can be used for this boldfaced section. Of these terms, evidence is the most fitting, because that is the role that this boldface is playing in the argument. The poll results are being used as evidence to support the main conclusion.
This article has deliberately been kept brief; for a more elaborate explanation, please refer to Experts' Global's Stage One Critical Reasoning videos.