The GMAT verbal section is a test of focus and concentration, assessing your ability to process written information on a variety of topics and to do so while tired and distracted. There are certainly techniques to help you navigate the GMAT specific passage formats and question types, and youll learn those when youre ready to buckle down on GMAT study. But in the meantime, you can improve your ability to process that information simply by reading more, and by reading articles and books on topics that arent as natural of choices for you. Traveling this summer? Bring The Economist on the airplane with you and practice some GMAT style reading while you make other passengers think youre smart and worldly. Ordering some beach reading from Amazon? Pick up an extra nonfiction also non Chelsea Handler or you ruin the whole academic thing book to qualify for Super Saver Shipping and give yourself a denser read. Read some academic topics that dont necessarily come easy to you and youll be much more ready to do the same on the GMAT.